Outline for Ministries – Current COVID Guidelines for Edenton Street UMC
We anticipate that worship will remain virtual for the foreseeable future due to continued health and safety limitations on large gatherings. Of necessity, much about our existing church ministries will be different when we first are able to come together as a body of believers in smaller groups. Engaging together will be a small first step toward restoring all the many gatherings and activities of ESUMC. Though different and perhaps even awkward, it is our hope that the joy of learning and fellowshipping together will overshadow any awkwardness. Health and safety will need to be the priorities, but the restrictions required initially and for a time will be a small price to pay to be able to gather once more in these sacred and holy spaces. We are beginning to address the protocols that will need to be in place once the decision is made to offer on-site worship.
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.
New Member Class – March 7, 14, & 21
Even as we have been physically apart as a faith community for a year, one of the unique gifts of this season is witnessing God bring new people into our communion through our digital platforms. If you have journeyed with us through this wilderness season and want to learn more about living as a Christian, the holy habits of the people called Methodists, or the practices that shape our lives at ESUMC, we invite you to participate in our first ever remote new member class. Join us on March 7, 14, and 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm as we explore together if God is summoning you into the life of the ESUMC communion. Even though the class is virtual, we will have some physical gifts for you so that our experience together can be more of a shared and celebratory time together! Email Rev. Ashley Griffith to RSVP and receive the Zoom Link.
Interwoven: Retreat For Women, March 13 – 14
Join us for the Second Annual Women’s Retreat! The retreat will be all virtual and we have a GREAT event planned. This year’s theme is: An Anchor for our Souls: Trusting God in Uncertainty and Chaos. Whether it’s a pandemic, grief/loss, social justice horror, a government insurrection, or just a too-full schedule, we all have moments when life is too chaotic. This weekend will focus on strategies and tools to help us remember to trust in God and take real action to draw us closer when faith is tested.
Join us for a drive-thru celebration/parade to celebrate all the milestones and blessings of our church family in the year we have been apart! Our clergy will be here to pass out palms for Palm Sunday and pray with families. Also available will be:
- Easter Eggs for the little ones
- Stations hosted by eStreet Kids Music and Worship Arts and The Missions Team
- Sunday School teachers, children’s ministry workers, and other volunteers cheering on our families
- TWO ROOSTERS ice cream for everyone
Come with your car decorated and join us, eStreet kids, as we prepare for Easter and celebrate our blessings!