When returning to worship in the sanctuary at Bon Air UMC, you will notice many aspects of worship are quite familiar. We pray, the scriptures are read and taught, people are baptized, and we celebrate Holy Communion together about once each month. Coming back to worship will be a blessing for each person in that we get to praise God together. This will seem great after worshipping at home for the past 15 months.
What’s Different Now?
• The 11:00 am service will now begin at 11:15 am to allow those who attend Sunday School class enough time to travel to church for worship following their class meetings. Sunday School classes will continue to meet online, not in person at the church.
• This service will continue to be live streamed. Many are still not yet able to worship with us in person; some may never be able to join us. This mode of sharing the Gospel is so important for all of them.
• There will probably be less people in attendance now. Many churches are reporting average attendance post-covid to be 50-70 percent of the average attendance of March 2020.
• Avoid crowding--maintain physical distance of six feet or more between household groups. Your family will receive a 6 ft. long styrofoam noodle to place on the pew beside you to help maintain the required distance between family groups.
• No coffee, cookies or snacks will be offered or allowed in the building.
• Bulletins, when available will be different. We want to refrain from passing out anything; papers, books, buttons, badges, etc.
• The nursery is not yet available.
• We can sing! Updated guidance from Bishop Lewis on April 29th now allows us to sing indoors during worship services. Specifically, fully vaccinated persons can now sing indoors for up to 5 minutes total, and groups of up to 4 persons can lead congregational singing indoors, if they are fully vaccinated, masked and socially distanced. We will sing 2 hymns and hear 1 anthem.
• Communion will be celebrated using commercially packaged juice and wafers. The gifts of communion will be consumed where you sit in the pews. Receptacles will be placed at the exit doors that you may dispose of the empty packages.
• Giving Online is the safest and easiest way to make your tithes and offerings. Visit our Online Giving Portal , or on the website, or check the Buzz - Virtual Connections for the Online Giving link. Offering plates will also be placed on pedestals in the aisles of the sanctuary to receive the tithes and offerings you bring to set before the Lord. This will help prevent the spread of germs by many people touching a single object without disinfecting it between persons’ hands.
• We can visit together if we wear our masks and stay 6 feet apart, but we want to refrain from hugging, shaking hands or touching, (except an elbow bump). It is best that we congregate to visit outside. This is the safest practice, to allow ourselves a great deal of space and ventilation.
If you are able to volunteer to help make this a smooth transition before the 11:15 service, please sign up to serve as a Worship Workmate. More Information