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
Mask wear is optional and based on personal preference, however, all are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines.
To continue to support differing levels of individual preferences for all who do
desire to worship in the sanctuary, we will continue to limit personal contact by maintaining the following: 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. we will not be offering a
fellowship/coffee hour prior to worship services.
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 gather in the largest spaces on our campus, primarily our Sanctuary and Fellowship
All our liturgy, hymns, and praise songs will be done electronically
and shared on the screen during our worship services. There will
be no bulletin.
For Holy Communion we will be offering individual communion cups given out by communion
servers wearing gloves.
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 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.
Pastoral Care continues to be offered through phone calls and visits.
Our church office is open, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Church councils and other leadership teams of less than 25 will meet in person in our fellowship hall.
General Building Practices:
We will continue the cleaning of our buildings
regularly, paying extra attention to high-touch surfaces and restrooms.