Dear Friends and Family of Scottsville UMC:
As our world slowly begins to re-open from the coronavirus shutdown, churches are beginning to do so, as well. I wanted to report to you on the efforts that Scottsville UMC are undertaking as we prepare for the day that we can meet together again for worship.
Government and Conference Rules: Please understand that we comply with both governmental and conference rules in order to re-open. In some instances, the conference rules may seem more stringent than the governmental rules. The conference rules have been prepared by a task force and approved by the bishop in an attempt to balance the goals of keeping people safe while attending to the spiritual needs of our congregations.
Healthy Church Team: A team of members from Scottsville UMC have been reviewing these rules and preparing a plan that is intended to comply with these regulations. This plan will be presented to your Administrative Council next Tuesday following the Called Charge Conference.
Decision to Open: Any decision to re-open Scottsville UMC for in-person worship will be made by our Administrative Council and approved by the District Superintendent.
Online Worship: Even after we re-open, we plan to continue offering online worship to accommodate those who cannot join us. DVDs of these services will continue to be made available to those who do not have online access. Please contact Staci Hainsworth in the church office to request a copy.
I know that we all look forward to life returning to “normal” soon. I suspect, however, that the “normal” we look for will not be the “normal” we remember. Our world is constantly changing. With these changes come new invitations of living as representatives of God’s kingdom. We all will be learning this together.
But even in a world of change, there are some things that I find constant:
God invites us into relationship with Him. We are Children of God!
Jesus invites us to proclaim this Good News, and shows us what it means to live out this Good News by loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The Holy Spirit invites us to experience the presence of God in our lives always.
“The Servant Song” by Richard Gillard (#2222 in
The Faith We reminds us:
We are pilgrims on a journey; we’re together on this road.
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I am blessed to share this journey with you.
Grace and peace,