Friday Greetings - June 5

“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.” (2 Cor. 13:12) Those words have a strangely appealing ring to them in these days. At no time previously did I want to see and greet all the saints of Centenary as much. After 12 Sundays apart, there is a profound desire to see everyone, to hug everyone, and to celebrate together. Last Sunday in the park was a wonderful time and it reminded us all how important greeting each other is to our faith. Even so, I want to remind you of the plan we have for returning to worship:

  • We will have 3 worship services at 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00. The 8:30 service will be the Gospel Service in the Chapel. The 9:30 service will be the Xperience service in the sanctuary. The 11:00 service will be the traditional service in the sanctuary. Some guidelines for everyone:

  • All 3 services will be available on Facebook. Those at greater risk, over 60 or having underlying medical issues, are encourage to continue worshiping virtually.

  • Those involved in Sunday School Classes are asked to worship together, virtually in order to serve those who may not have a small group connection. Sunday School classes will be able to determine their own schedule for worship and formation.

  • Those who do attend worship in the Chapel and Sanctuary, please note that space will be limited. We will seek to provide social distance by blocking pews and ask that all keep 6 feet of separation.

  • Everyone who comes to the church building, whether for Sunday School virtual worship or worship in the chapel and the sanctuary is asked to please wear a mask.

  • As singing is among the riskier behaviors because it spreads droplets/aerosols which can carry the virus a significant distance and remain suspended in the air highly increasing the risk of infection, we ask you to refrain from group singing. There will be music, but we ask that you participate spiritually.

  • Offering plates will be available in the narthex and chapel entrance. We will not pass the plate.

  • We ask everyone to utilize electronic bulletins and we will use projection as we are able. Hymnals will be removed from the pews. Pew cushions have been removed from all the pews so we will be sitting on the wooden pews.

  • Communion will be offered through the Sunday School Classes. If you are not currently engaged in a class, we will work to create new classes for people.

  • Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

Pastor Tom

Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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