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Worship starts at Columbia UMC 24 May 2020

By Pastor Rob Hoffman, Columbia United Methodist Church

We are excited to begin gathering together for worship again! It will certainly be a bit different than before, so we put together this list of guidelines as you prepare for worship this week.

One Service beginning at 10amCT (No Nursery, SS or Children's Church at this time.) We plan to broadcast the service on our Facebook page live for those who are not yet able to attend.

Social Distancing - Please keep at least 6 foot apart from other people (not in your household) at all times. This should be practiced while walking into and out of the building as well. We have the pews laid out with these distances marked off. Please let an usher direct you to an appropriate seating space for your household size.

Masks - We are trying to adhere to the guidelines from our Conference and as such are requiring masks to be worn by everyone while in the building. While masks may not effectively protect the wearer, it may help prevent spreading it to others. Our worship leaders will remove their masks when speaking from the chancel area only. Please bring a mask with you if you have one.

In our polarized culture, please consider this scripture as it informs us on how to love our brothers and sisters within the church.

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble (Romans 14:13-15) 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.

For the church it was written to, the question was not about whether the food was clean or not, it was about stressing out other believers. We all have the freedom in Christ to choose to wear a mask or not. Out of concern for not stressing our brothers & sisters out, we encourage everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Hand Sanitizer - Will be available at the entryways. Please use it when entering and exiting.

Doors - Should be propped open for safety and convenience.

No Bulletins or Hymnals - Necessary information will be on the screens.

Offering - There will be receptacles by each door. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Arrival Time - Plan to arrive no earlier than 9:45. There will not be coffee or snacks.

Holy Communion - Until further notice, we continue to wait with anticipation the time when we can celebrate Holy Communion together.

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