Plans for Summer 2020
Last week, Governor Mike DeWine announced a new ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ order, which is expected to have numerous revisions throughout this month to include the opening of additional types of businesses and activities across the state. We will be working with the new guidelines as they evolve.
We continue to work to provide the best hybrid Chautauqua experience of onsite and virtual programming for the season. Below you will see details about several of our pillar programs we have planned at this time. Think of the 2020 season as "back to the basics" of the Chautauqua Movement.
We will be sharing with you our plans for a Virtual Community and our summer entertainment opportunities soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Hoover Community Worship Service
Plans to virtually stream the Hoover Community Worship Service are being made with our Preachers of the Week. These free services will be streamed live at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. This service will continue to have special music and liturgists.
Dockside Worship Service
To practice safe social distancing, this 8:30 a.m. Sunday service has been moved to the Steele Memorial Bandstand. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be distributed by individual commercially packaged communion kits. While some seating is provided, we encourage you to bring your own chairs and blankets. In the case of inclement weather, this service will be cancelled.
Lakeside UMC Worship Service
The Lakeside United Methodist Church (UMC) will post a video of its 9 a.m. Sunday services on their website so that all may join in worship from their homes.
Faith for Living Hour
While gathering restrictions are in place, these free sermons and discussions with Preachers of the Week will be streamed live at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday.
Vespers by the Lake
This 7:30 p.m. service on Tuesdays and Thursdays will move to the Steele Memorial Bandstand to practice safe social distancing. While some seating is provided, we encourage you to bring your own chairs and blankets. In the case of inclement weather, this service will be cancelled.
Sunset Vespers by the Lake
This 8:30 p.m. Sunday service will move to the Steele Memorial Bandstand to practice safe social distancing. While some seating is provided, we encourage you to bring your own chairs and blankets. In the case of inclement weather, this service will be cancelled.
Chip Richter and God Squad will continue presenting lessons and music for kids. All God Squad sessions will meet outside Bradley Temple, and programs will be modified to ensure safe social distancing along Cedar Avenue. Sessions will continue to meet Tuesday-Thursday from 9-9:45 a.m. (ages 4-6) and 10-10:45 a.m. (ages 7-9). The Bradley Temple building will be closed to the public. In the case of inclement weather, God Squad will be cancelled.
John and Bonnie Willkie will host Middle Grade Madness (MGM) for middle school youth (ages 10-14) in Cherry Park on Mondays-Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. This allows kids to gather safely while practicing social distancing, while still being able to participate in fellowship, fun and activity-based learning. In the case of inclement weather, MGM will be cancelled.
The Education Department is in the process of developing a hybrid experience of onsite and virtual learning. Those plans will be announced soon.
Hoover Auditorium & Evening Entertainment
As we continue to explore summer entertainment opportunities, we will be sharing with you our plans for Hoover Auditorium and outdoor events soon. Thank you for your patience as we finalize plans for the summer.
The Rhein Center will be offering a reduced summer schedule of art classes. The Rhein Center building, also known as Epworth Lodge, will be closed to the public. However, outdoor classes of pre-registered 4-8 people will take place on the lawn. In the case of inclement weather, classes will be cancelled. Due to social distancing safety, sharing of supplies and lack of independence for children age 7 and under, there will be modified options. There will be select virtual classes for all ages, starting the week of June 22. Registration will be available soon and available online or by phone only. Online registration may include art packages and supplies.
Under the ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ order, all recreation venues are closed at this time. This includes playgrounds; basketball, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball courts; miniature golf; gaga ball; and the Wellness Center. Even if you have your own sporting equi
pment, these areas are closed.
As orders are lifted or relaxed, we will open facilities.
While The Underground (Teen Center) will be closed, programming for teens (ages 13-18) remains an important part of our mission and will continue with group discussions, ministry and outside activities and events. In the case of inclement weather, teen programs will be cancelled.
While on the Lakeside grounds, the expectation is that all guests practice safe social distancing. Masks are encouraged. Lakesiders should expect a modified shuttle service.
Scanning barcoded passes will be suspended. We will update the community as more safety guidelines are introduced as part of the 'Stay Safe Ohio' order. Please see the Resources section below for additional measures to keep you and your family safe.