Due to the coronavirus, all public worship services are cancelled through Easter, and the Bishop will re-evaluate the situation the day after Easter. We will celebrate Holy Week twice this year, once at home and a second time when we are together again in person. In the meantime, all of our worship services will be printed on our home page with instructions on how to worship at home. We hope you’ll join us online! Our Thrift Shop and church office are also closed until the crisis has eased ~ we’ll let you know here when they have reopened. All church activities, including Bible studies and other meetings, are also cancelled until further notice, but be sure to visit our new Bible Study and Sunday School pages on this website. Stay home and stay safe!
Looking for help of any kind (information, health screening and more?).
Here’s a constantly updated list of community resources.
In international United Methodist news, May’s General Conference has also been postponed ~ a strange silver lining, as the church was scheduled to vote on a plan to split into conservative and liberal branches. Thanks to the coronavirus, we’re going to remain United Methodist for at least a while longer. Let’s pray for the unity and health of our global church!
What can we do now?
1) If any church member would like a full list of the addresses and phone numbers of those in our church family who are on our prayer list, please let us know and we will email it to you ~ cards and calls will be especially important in the upcoming weeks.
2) Sharing a Meal is still open although (just like restaurants) meals are takeout only.
Our next scheduled day is Thursday, April 9.
3) We have a lot of college and high school students home and potentially bored. We would like to help families who are struggling to find child care now that schools are closed. For now, we would like to know if 1) You or someone you know well is in this situation and 2) If you would like to help provide child care in the homes of such families. If we have enough people who can help (high school, college and up), we will then match needs with volunteers. Brie McGullam has volunteered to be in charge of this valuable ministry but for now, simply send all info to me to see if we can make this work.
4) We expect that there will be more needs in the coming weeks, especially if the crisis is extended. No other needs have been reported at the current time. As time passes some people may be in need of people to pick up groceries or other simple tasks. Should such a need emerge, we will send out an email to ask for volunteers and pair volunteers with those in need.
5) Beyond our church, the Greater Sayville Civic Association is compiling a list of local people who are willing to run errands or do pick-ups for people who may be unable to leave their homes. If you are interested please respond to Covidcare.firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) We are asking all church members and friends to join in prayer every Sunday at 10 a.m. wherever you are.
We chose this time because it is the time of our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship.
Let’s feel the power of the Holy Spirit as we know we are all praying at the same time!