Worship Reopening Guide (Summer 2021)
Rules for in the building worship:
1. Congregational Singing is once again back in place: The congregation will once again be invited to join in congregational singing. We ask that worship attendees remain in masks but we look forward to once again hearing your voices in our praise back to God.
2. The restrooms are once again open: We appreciate your patience but please note that all restrooms in the building ARE once again open for use. Please spread the word!
3. Dean Summer Office Hours: Dean will be working in person from the office beginning Tuesday June 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday. Any visitors to the office are asked to please wear a mask.
4. Communion reboot: While it has been important to continue celebrating in communion this past year we recognize that the "to-go" communion kits are not an ideal way to receive communion. We will once again be inviting people to come forward to receive communion with pre-cut pieces of bread and individual juice cups. (For those worshiping from home or the parking lot we will still have "to-go" communion kits available for use)
5. In-Person Meetings Once Again Allowed: While the AdCo will continue to meet virtually for the time being other ministry groups of the church are allowed to resume in-person meetings in the church. Please make sure to schedule with Dean through the church office so we are aware of who is using the building.
6. Children's Time Resuming: It has felt very strange to not have the kids join Pastor Ross for Children's time during worship. Pastor Ross will be resuming "Children's Time" very soon. We hope the children of our church are excited to come join Pastor Ross during worship in a safe and fun way!
Soon but not YET: Church leadership will continue to evaluate recommended guidelines through the CDC and our local county health department. While we are not quite ready to resume passing the offering plate, indoor fellowship time, and shaking of hands during passing of the peace" we will still encourage creative ways for you to engage in these important practices. We thank you for your patience and please know EVERY decision we make is keeping the safety of each of you in mind!
Guidelines for Drive-in 9:00 am Worship:
As you drive into the church parking lot, please check in with the greeter standing on the porch.
In addition to taking note of attendance, Greeters will have the following items: extra masks, a few worship bulletins, pre-packaged communion supplies (on Communion Sunday), a notebook to write down any joys or concerns, and a collection box (to collect any offering).
An Usher will direct you to your seat.
Please maintain 6' distance.
If exiting your vehicle, please wear a mask.
● Radio transmission of service is available by tuning the radio in your vehicle to 88.7 FM.
Stay at home request: Please stay home if you or a member of your household are experiencing or have been experiencing the following symptoms such as cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, shortness of breath or other illness within the past 14 days, have been exposed to or are residing with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, traveled out of the country or to “hot spots,” or you are at a higher risk for severe illness.
(detailed guidelines available upon request).
August Sermon Series: "The Living Bread"
August 1 "Dinner On The Grounds" (Communion Sunday)
Scripture: John 6:1-21. There is nothing better than a church potluck, or "Dinner on the Grounds." Come join us as we recall one of the most well-known Miracle Stories with the Feeding of the Multitudes.
August 8 "More WONDERFUL Than Wonder Bread"
Scripture: John 6:24-35. "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry..." This week we continue to explore what it means to take in the "Bread of Life" being offered to us from God. Far better than any Wonder Bread we may buy at the store...this bread is meant to last!"
August 15 "Savoring Bread In The Game Of Life"
Scripture: John 6:35, 41-51. Much like the Game of Life, figuring out and making sense of Jesus at times can be difficult. Such in the case for the Jewish people who now are trying to make sense of the "Eternal Bread" Christ continues to talk about. How might we be savoring the "living bread" offered to us?
August 22 "More Eternal Than A Twinkie"
Scripture: John 6:51-58. It has been said that the beloved tread enjoyed by some, the Twinkie, could last practically forever. While that may not be completely true, when it comes to digesting the Word, taking in that which Christ offers, that is eternal. This week we continue our "Living Bread" Sermon Series as we explore what it means to live forever in Christ.
August 29 "Not Just Bread Anymore"
Scripture: John 6:56-69. We bring "The Living Bread" Sermon series to a close as there is clear movement from a focus on the "Living Bread" to something far more. In our final week of this series we begin to explore the betrayal that shows its face in the Gospel of John. Betrayal in the form of rejecting this life, this love being offered to us in Christ, thinking this life offered is for someone else, not you. Who are we to reject ALL that Christ offers us...yes, far more than bread...
Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church's rich history. We're a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God's love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others. We experience and share the presence of God's spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages. Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the year.
Looking for a new church home in which to grow and share? Come visit and discover your place here!