Listen to a special announcement from Pastor Greg regarding our summer reopening plans.
Worship at Edenton Street
June 6 – Edenton Street UMC (Sanctuary and Kerr Hall)
On the first Sunday after we anticipate Governor Cooper lifting restrictions on gatherings, we will worship together in our Sanctuary for the first time in a year. We will then move into a rhythm of worshiping together, in-person, every other week.
What to Expect at In-Person Services
We are excited to welcome you on June 6th for our first in-person worship service at Edenton St UMC since March 8, 2020. We will continue to also worship online. Anyone at risk of COVID-19 or who otherwise feels more comfortable worshiping from home may continue to do so. We encourage you to do whatever feels safest and most comfortable to you!
In accordance with current CDC and state guidelines, you can expect the following at our in-person gatherings on Sundays:
– We will worship at 8:30 am (Sanctuary) and 10:30 am (Gathering and Sanctuary).
– While we have printed bulletins in the Sanctuary, you can also find the bulletin digitally on the website (Sanctuary) or by QR code (Gathering).
– We be passing offering bowls but you can give by “text to give” or online if you feel more comfortable sharing your gift that way.
– On Sundays when we share signs of peace, no one should feel obligated to shake hands, hug, or bump fists. Peace signs and head nods are entirely acceptable. – Communion elements will be received separately (no dipping) at different stations for those who wish to participate.
– To worship with the 10:30 am Sanctuary, follow this link: http://esumc.org/sanctuary-sermons
– To worship with the 10:30 am Gathering, follow this link: http://esumc.org/gathering-sermons
– We will have childcare provided in the nursery for children up to 5 years of age.
– Worship Activity sheets and individual packs of crayons are available for children to use during worship. Additionally, summer devotional materials are available for preschoolers and elementary children in the narthex of the sanctuary, in the children’s area in Kerr Hall, and at the nursery check in desk.
– Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout our building.
– Coffee + Water will be available for those who would like them on a self-serve basis.
– We will not be enforcing social distancing and no capacity restrictions are in place. However, we kindly ask that you, your guests, and/or kids recognize and respect the comfort level of others in regards to space and social distancing.
– In Kerr Hall, we will set out a specific number of chairs that allow ample space for guests. If we fill the pre-set chairs, we will ask folks to worship with the Gathering via live-stream, or join our 10:30 Sanctuary worship.
– Masks are required for those who have not been fully vaccinated and recommended for anyone who would feel more comfortable wearing one.
– Masks are required and available for adults in our nursery spaces.
– Per CDC guidelines, masks are required for non-vaccinated children 2 and older.
Re-opening is a communal act of love. We need your help to make it happen! Please go to the Leadership Opportunities page and indicate every way that you might be interested in serving.
When will we return to in-person worship?
We will worship in-person two Sundays in June, the 6th and the 20th. On July 11th, we anticipate returning to weekly in-person worship. Online-only services will be available June 13th and 27th and July 4th. A full list of upcoming in-person worship dates are as follows:
What is the mask policy when we return?
Anyone who is fully vaccinated and past the appropriate waiting period is welcome to attend without a mask. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask, not sing, and maintain appropriate social distance, following CDC guidelines.
Why aren't we starting with worship every week?
The truth is, Edenton Street is not a machine with a switch that can turn it off and on. It’s much more like a garden, with seasons and conditions and practices that bear fruit. To help us re-open and thrive again, we will need everyone to come and do their part.
On weeks that we do not gather to worship in-person, we will be training leaders to help till the soil in this beloved garden. If you are interested in being a part of this process, sign up through the links above.
When will Sunday School reopen?
We anticipate reopening Sunday school on September 12th.
What are the current guidelines for Ministries?
At this time, our recommendations below are based on our (ESUMC leadership team and Re-entry Task Force) comfort level to bring a small group of people to gather. Our approach is to “walk, then run” and keep congregational care & safety as our priority. As a team, we plan to assess the below guidelines on a monthly basis based on the progress of the state/city re-entry phases, as well as feedback from the church leadership teams and the re-entry task force.
Pentecost at the Park
May 23, 9:00 am and 11:00am – Fred Fletcher Park
At Pentecost, we remember and celebrate how the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the early church and the old and young alike were given visions and dreams. At this dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the church receives life and power, and many people are drawn to God’s gift of salvation. Good news! Pentecost is not just something of the past, rather God is still pouring our God’s Spirit upon our city and our church family!
On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, we will meet at Fletcher Park to worship together and celebrate Pentecost in the Park. We will have two services, 9:00 and 11:00 am.
At 9:00 am we will welcome new members into our communion. We will fellowship together and greet the new members after the service with a gathering time of donuts, coffee, and conversation.
At 11:00 we will celebrate our Seniors. Two Seniors will share their Holy Spirit inspired visions for the future, and our Youth Director Rush Beam will lead us in a time of prayer and commissioning for all of our Seniors. All are invited to bring their own picnics and stay to eat and play together after the worship service, and there will be a special picnic gathering for the Seniors and their families.
At both services we will celebrate the holy sacrament of Communion.
Bring a chair or a blanket. Volunteers will be present to assist with parking.
All are invited to come pray, play, and picnic together as a church on Pentecost. We have longed to be worship together in person, and on May 23 we will! Join us for this joyful day. Come, ESUMC family, and come, Holy Spirit!
Beating the Bounds
May 16, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – Edenton Street UMC
Join us on the morning of Ascension Sunday as we celebrate the renewing presence of Jesus Christ across all times and places, especially amidst the space of our very lives. Together as a faith community, we will meet outside our Sanctuary and engage in the Ancient English practice of “Beating the Bounds” of the parish by taking different walking routes and praying for the people, buildings, and parks that comprise the heart of Raleigh. All ages are welcome for this physically active opportunity.
To learn more details and RSVP, click here.