Ronceverte Charge of the United Methodist Church: Elizabeth Chapel & Trinity
Thursday, July 02, 2020

Current Happenings (this week, bulletins, forms, schedules)

Week at a Glance

June 15-21, 2020
Tuesday, June 16

     11am New Walk-and-Talk Ministry, meet outside of Trinity

Thursday, June 18

     11am New Walk-and-Talk Ministry, meet outside of Trinity

Sunday, June 21

     9:15am Elizabeth Chapel "Drive-In" Church

     11am Trinity 'Drive-In" Church

     11am Worship Video Live Stream on Dr. Williams' Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

Greetings Elizabeth Chapel Church Family……NEWS from Your Elizabeth Chapel Re-Launch Team!

Over the past several months all of us have discovered there are many ways to worship our God and the church is not a building but all of us uniting as one body of Christ – all Christians – denominations coming together to support each other and reaching out where we can to others in our community.

A Re-Launch team was formed several weeks ago of the “how, when and where” our church family at Elizabeth Chapel will come back together. The group has been meeting via conference call and Zoom, attending webinars and reviewing all recommended guidance from the West Virginia Methodist Conference. Elizabeth Chapel will begin a phase in process as we move forward over the next coming weeks beginning with:

Phase 1 on June 7 – June 28:

·         “Drive-in Church” in the church parking lot. Our Pastor will continue to stream the service as she has in the past several weeks for those who are continuing to shelter at home.

·         Guidelines for the drive-in church include:

1.       appropriate space between vehicles (keep an empty space between you and the next car)

2.       social distancing and masks are required

3.       bring a chair if you want to sit at your car

4.       very important – bring your Bible (no bulletin will be passed out)

5.       bring your offering (two offering boxes will be present so that you can “drop in” your offering as you leave the service)

6.       “Pennies for Jesus” (if you have been saving your coin, place it in a zip lock bag or sealed envelope, mark it “Pennies” and drop in the same offering boxes – our local missions continue even though we have not been able to collect our coin for them)

7.       church building will be closed. However there will be a roped off access to the upstairs bathroom only.

8.       There will be no refreshments.

The Re-Launch Team will continue reviewing WV Dept. of Health’s guidance, the Governor of WV’s phase for gatherings over 25 and the WV Methodist Conference recommended guidelines before a firm Start Date is given; however, the tentative date has been set.

 

Phase 2 – TENTATIVE Start Date of July 5th:

·         “Safer Sanctuary” – It will be hard to refrain from greeting our church family with hugs and handshakes but we must adhere to the social distancing using our “smiles” and wave of hands to others. The streaming of the service will continue for those who are not ready to “safely gather” and the church does not encourage or expect our senior citizens to be present in this early phase until you feel comfortable. A few things will change from our normal worship and some areas will not be in place during this phase:

·         Changes include:

1.       every other pew will be roped off with one pew at a time exiting at the end of the service

2.       mask must be worn

3.       bring your own Bible (no bulletin will be passed out from current recommendation)

4.       Communion will take place, however, it will not be given as in the past

5.       offering box at the exit for regular offerings including “Pennies for Jesus”

6.       no refreshments until further notice

·         Things not in place in this phase:

1.       No children’s Sunday School at this time (children will remain with adults in sanctuary)

2.       No singing (there will be other types of worship music)

3.       No more than two on opposite ends of the pulpit (Pastor plus one)

 

As we continue through the next several months the team will keep you updated on any changes that may occur due to state or conference guidelines and the positive or negative COVID-19 trends. Continue to call your fellow church members, pray for not only our community but world-wide and support our community needs where you can. Remember, the worship service will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and will be put on our website each week for those continuing to shelter at home. We appreciate the leadership and worship that our pastor, Dr. Felica Wooten Williams, has provided throughout this pandemic and challenging time. Thank you Felica!

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Greetings Trinity Church Family……NEWS from Your Trinity Re-Launch Team!

 

Over the past several months all of us have discovered there are many ways to worship our God and the church is not a building but all of us uniting as one body of Christ – all Christians – denominations coming together to support each other and reaching out where we can to others in our community.

A Re-Launch team was formed several weeks ago of the “how, when and where” our church family at Trinity will come back together. The group has been meeting via conference call and Zoom, attending webinars and reviewing all recommended guidance from the West Virginia Methodist Conference. Trinity will begin a phase in process as we move forward over the next coming weeks beginning with:

 

Phase 1 on June 21st - July 26th:

·         “Drive-in Church” in the church parking lot and also utilizing the parking spaces along the side of the church using the FM radio station 90.1. Our Pastor will continue to stream the service as she has in the past several weeks for those who are continuing to shelter at home.

·         Guidelines for the drive-in church include:

1.       appropriate space between vehicles (keep an empty space between you and the next car)

2.       stay in your vehicle (you and your family should remain in the car)

3.       very important – bring your Bible (no bulletin will be passed out)

4.       bring your offering (two offering boxes will be present so that you can “drop in” your offering as you leave the service)

5.       “Pennies for Jesus” (if you have been saving your coin, place it in a zip lock bag or sealed envelope, mark it “Pennies” and drop in the same offering boxes – our local missions continue even though we have not been able to collect our coin for them)

 

The Re-Launch Team will continue reviewing WV Dept. of Health’s guidance, the Governor of WV’s phase for gatherings over 25 and the WV Methodist Conference recommended guidelines before a firm Start Date is given; however, the tentative date has been set.

 

Phase 2 – TENTATIVE Start Date of August 2nd:

·         “Safer Sanctuary” – It will be hard to refrain from greeting our church family with hugs and handshakes but we must adhere to the social distancing using our “smiles” and wave of hands to others. The streaming of the service will continue for those who are not ready to “safely gather” and the church does not encourage or expect our senior citizens to be present in this early phase until you feel comfortable. A few things will change from our normal worship and some areas will not be in place during this phase:

·         Changes include:

1.       every other pew will be roped off with one pew at a time exiting at the end of the service

2.       mask must be worn

3.       bring your own Bible (no bulletin will be passed out from current recommendation)

4.       1 Person or 1 family in the elevator at a time

5.       1 person in the restroom at a time unless family with child

6.       Communion will take place, however, it will not be given as in the past

7.       offering box at the exit for regular offerings including “Pennies for Jesus”

·         Things not in place in this phase:

1.       No children’s nursery or Sunday School at this time (children will remain with adults in sanctuary)

2.       No singing (there will be other types of worship music)

3.       No use of the water fountains

4.       No more than two on opposite ends of the pulpit (Pastor plus one)

 

As we continue through the next several months the team will keep you updated on any changes that may occur due to state or conference guidelines and the positive or negative COVID-19 trends. Continue to call your fellow church members, pray for not only our community but world-wide and support our community needs where you can. We appreciate the leadership and worship that our pastor, Dr. Felica Wooten Williams, has provided throughout this pandemic and challenging time. Thank you Felica!