We're excited to see you!
Sunday School is Coming Back!
Sunday, November 15, Sunday School classes will resume in person at HFUMC, and we are so excited! We will be asking that all abide by our COVID-safe protocols (listed below) and wear masks, keep a social distance, avoid handshakes and hugs, and stay home if you are not well.
Other services available in person include weekday Children First Preschool (limited enrollment), Sunday morning worship services and pre-approved family memorial services, Sunday night Youth Group, 6th grade Confirmation Class, Wednesday night Youth Discipleship Groups, Adult Discipleship and Small Groups.
Return to In-Person Worship: What to Expect
Traditional service is held in the sanctuary at 8:15, and contemporary service follows at 10:45 in the gym. In order to ensure the health and well-being of our community and guests during worship services, things will look a little different than usual! Below is a comprehensive guide of what to expect.
Sunday School COVID-safe Protocol
The return to in-person Sunday School is completely optional, and it will be up to each class to determine the arrangement that will best serve the needs of their class (in person, virtual, or a combination of both). Following guidance from the CDC and local healthcare officials, Sunday School classes that choose to resume in-person gatherings on campus will adhere to the following COVID-Safe protocols (similar to those observed during in-person worship):
- Masks will be strongly encouraged for all participants elementary-age and older.
- Six feet of physical distancing will be observed as best as gathering spaces allow.
- Class leaders will be encouraged to proactively plan alternate arrangements (such as a Zoom simulcast) for online participants as well as those who may not be able to participate if the meeting space exceeds the number of participants who could safely gather while remaining distanced.
- There will not be shared food/drinks (participants are welcome to bring their own).
- Participants will be encouraged to utilize hand-sanitizer stations (located at all major entrances).
- In an effort to minimize exposures in the hallway transits, we will be streamlining the number of exterior entrances to create steady traffic flows. During worship services, only the Sanctuary and Atrium/Carport entrances will be utilized. During the Sunday School hour, only the Atrium/Carport, and Children First entrances (facing Kroger) will be accessible.
- Class participants are encouraged not to congregate in the hallways or smaller corridors, before, during or after Sunday School.
We will continue to live stream both services through HFUMC.org/online and the HFUMC Facebook page. Whether worshipping online or on-campus, all guests are welcome to choose the worship option that best accommodates their needs. Easy venues will be accessible online and in-person to connect with others for worship and prayer. Guests may desire to worship online if...
- They feel more comfortable worshipping from home,
- Are in a high-risk category (See CDC Guidelines Here),
- Have small children
- Work with at-risk individuals we want to protect, or
- Are not feeling well.
The church campus will open to guests 30 minutes prior to services. We will implement a one-way entrance/exit process for both services and only one entrance will be open for each service. Traditional service attendees will enter and exit through the main sanctuary doors. Those attending the Contemporary service will enter and exit through the main atrium entrance (the entrance facing Indian Lake Blvd with the big "Welcome" sign). Volunteer greeters will be opening doors to ensure a touchless experience. Individuals needing physical assistance to their seat may be dropped off at the designated carpool lane near the sanctuary entrance (for Traditional service) and the carport entrance near the atrium (for Contemporary service).
Changes to Services
Worship services will also have some changes. The most significant of which is that we will practice a touchless service. We ask that all guests be cognizant of others and refrain from physical contact (including hugs and handshakes). Be creative in showing care with “air hugs” and “air high-fives”! A few other changes include:
Ushers will be available to help direct guests from entrances to their seats and dismiss guests by row in both worship spaces. Please understand that seating will be directed for safe spacing between family groups (and that you may not be able to choose your seat)
- Families will be able to sit together, but chairs and pews will be partitioned to allow for six feet of space between different groups.
- Attendance pads, hymnals, pew Bibles, pencils, envelopes and bulletins will be temporarily removed from the worship spaces.
- Food, drinking fountains and coffee stations will also be unavailable at this time.
- Offering plates will not be passed during service; a giving receptacle will be located near the back of both worship spaces. Members are also encouraged to continue giving online or by texting HFUMC to 73256.
- All guests (except small children and infants) will be strongly encouraged to bring and wear masks. This measure is to ensure the safety of our community, guests and especially those who have elevated risk of contracting COVID-19. Please help do your part to love our at-risk neighbors by wearing a mask! Extra masks will be available at the entrances.
- Pastors, musical worship leaders, and others assisting in the on-stage leadership of services may not be able to wear masks during service, but will remain at least 15 feet from guests while leading. In some instances, the number of vocalists/musicians and other worship leaders may need to be reduced to ensure proper distancing protocols.
- Congregational singing will be optional (with masks), but not discouraged!
- Congregational communion will not be offered at this time.
We’re Excited to See You!
We can’t wait for the addition of on-campus options to connect with you and your family for worship! Whether joining us on-campus or online, know that we are praying for you and grateful for your ongoing commitments to Christ and HFUMC. Stay well and please pray for our church as we transition with these adaptations and continue in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.