To the Saints of Northwoods,
For those who desire to attend worship in
person, it is a joy to share that we are worshipping in our sanctuary every Sunday at 8:45 am (Contemporary Service) and 11:00am (Traditional Service). We will
also continue our live streaming of worship services (available via Facebook or the Church App) for those who desire to remain
For those who will attend, PLEASE READ
the approved guidelines by our Council of Ministry that are attached to this
message. To establish a safe environment, we strongly encourage you to embrace the
We are encouraging the wearing of masks and in
addition, asking that families sitting in our long rows, please leave a couple
of seats open between them. While the wearing of masks is not mandated, we
highly encourage their use. Seating will also be available in our fellowship
hall with the live stream of the worship service should additional space be
To support a safe environment for all who do
desire to worship in the sanctuary, we will minimize personal contact with each
other by implementing the following changes: a. we will not be practicing
the sharing of the peace as we have done in the past; b. we will not be having
the offertory; if you are not using electronic giving, there will be an
offering plate available in the foyer following the service; c. we will not use
bulletins or hymnals during worship; the liturgy, hymns and praise songs will
be shared electronically on the screens; d. while continuing the children's
story during worship, we will not be inviting children to the front of the sanctuary; e. we will not be offering a
fellowship/coffee hour prior to the services and f. lastly, we will not be
hosting a receiving line after each worship service.
During these challenging times, all the above
are encouraged to maintain a safe environment for those who worship in the sanctuary.
Thank you for your understanding and support of
Shelia Barth, Council of Ministry Chair
Northwoods United Methodist Church
Model for Face-to-Face Community and Worship
We will continue offering online worship services as
there are some who are at high risk or others
who feel it is not yet safe for them to return even with precautions put
For those who attend worship services we encourage you to consider the
We will gather in the largest spaces on our campus, primarily our Sanctuary and Fellowship
We will encourage worshippers to wear masks, but it will not be mandatory.
We will try to allow for ample space between worshippers and use our fellowship hall to accommodate overflow.
All our liturgy, hymns, and praise songs will be done electronically
and shared on the screen during our worship services. There will be no
utilization of the hymnals. There will
be no bulletin.
We will not invite children to come forward for our children’s story.
For Holy Communion we will be offering individual communion cups given out by communion
servers wearing gloves and masks.
We will not have the traditional Offertory. We ask that you consider on-line giving or you can drop your tithe in the offering plate, located in the foyer, as you depart the worship service. Another option, is mailing your tithe (checks only, please), if online giving and/or the offering plate are not preferable.
We will not pass the peace.
We will not be offering a fellowship/coffee hour.
We will not engage in a receiving line
We will continue to offer livestream/worship recordings for those who cannot
or choose not yet return to worship.
Sunday School, Small Groups and Faith Formation:
Most Sunday School classes and children's church are back in session with appropriate precautions in place.
Pastoral Care continues to be offered through phone calls, online
gatherings, letters, etc. Some one-on-one gatherings may occur while
maintaining social distance. Nursing homes and hospitals continue to have restrictions for visitation in place.
Our church office is open, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. We encourage all visitors to practice safe distancing and wear masks while
visiting the church secretary, financial secretary, and pastor.
Church councils and other leadership teams of less than 25 will meet in person in our fellowship hall while wearing masks and
maintaining social distancing.
General Building Practices:
We will endeavor to maintain a good stock of tissue, soap, hand
sanitizer and disposable paper towels for drying hands.
We will continue the cleaning of our buildings
regularly, paying extra attention to high-touch surfaces and restrooms.
Encouragements for Pastors and Church Staff:
Pastors, staff, and leaders must realize we are in this for the long haul.
Pastors, staff, and leaders must model healthy boundaries (regular times to unplug,
regular days off, etc.)
Pastors, staff, and leaders must tend to their own mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.