Welcome to NORTH BREWER-EDDINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH!
A Note from Pastor Gretchen and the Covid-19 Re-entry Team: 1 Corinthians 8:9 - “9 But take care that this freedom of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
Dear Church Family, Good News! The church will reopen for in-person worship on June 6th, 2021 @ 10am. This decision was reached by the Covid-19 re-entry committee, after much prayer, the new CDC and Church conference guidelines, increased rates of vaccinations, decreasing infection rates and a survey of our congregation showing the majority of respondents (10 out of 18) are ready to come back. Throughout the pandemic we have followed both church conference and CDC guidelines and mandates. In order to offer in person worship, we must consider hybrid models and alternatives for those who are not yet able to or comfortable with gathering in person. This includes continuing our online services on Facebook and YouTube. We must continue to follow CDC and local government guidance and policies and also consider our values of doing no harm, offering radical hospitality, staying in ministry with all of our members, and providing access to worship, discipleship, mercy and justice ministries. We understand that our Annual Conference spans six different governors and each governor will make recommendations based on their context with regards to Covid-19. We realize that our return to church will be gradual, in phases and perhaps not advisable for some, and we may have to take steps back if the virus re-surges in the future. Conference guidelines as to who should attend in-person worship services include:
Fully vaccinated persons with no Covid-19 symptoms.
People who are well (no recent contact with infected persons, not exhibiting flu like symptoms).
Clergy, worship team, ushers/lay leaders, if well.
People who cannot attend online, if well.
People who feel it is the right time for their family.
Needing to minister to all of our members, knowing that some may not be or are unable to be vaccinated, including children who are not vaccinated because they are not in the criteria for having it. The committee made the decision by majority vote to adhere to our current Covid -19 guidelines, which are as follows:
Masks are to be worn by everyone.
Temperatures will be taken at the door.
Hand sanitizers will be at each door, please use before being seated Ushers will be present to direct attendees to their seats that must remain 6’ social distance.
Family units will be seated together.
There will be a centrally located collection plate for offering There will be no singing.
There will be no fellowship after the service.
Ushers will dismiss congregation in an orderly fashion maintaining social distance.
These guidelines will be reviewed regularly and revised based on updated information from CDC, the Conference, and our comfort levels as a church.
We are excited to be able to return to in-person worship on June 6th at 10am for those who are ready and able to do so! Thank you to all the leaders who have given so much time, study, and prayer, keeping us safe and connected through this pandemic and thank you to each one in our church family for your patience, feedback and commitment to worshiping and serving God as living sanctuaries throughout this time of distancing. We are truly one in the Spirit! May God continue to lead us in this time of transition. If you have any questions, please contact anyone on the reentry team.
- God Bless and Prayers from Pastor Gretchen and the Re-entry Team.
Please contact the office with any questions. Thank You.
Children's Message will be during the Worship service @ 10:00am on Facebook Live and YouTube.
We are pilgrims, traveling by faith to know God better, to know ourselves better, and to become the people God created us to be. We welcome you to travel with us whether your own journey has just begun or has been under way for many years.
We invite you to visit us to worship, pray and sing, to learn with us and to help us as we help our neighbors.
Pastor Gretchen Casey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Wednesday's 9:00am - 1:00pm Friday's 9:00am - 12:00pm Church Address: 31 Main Road, Eddington, ME 04428 Phone: 207-989-4715
Please contact us if we can be of service to you.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,