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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN
Register here: vbspro.events/p/estreetkidssundayschool2021
We are so ready to start our Sunday school classes for children again! When it is safe to do so, we will come together on Sunday mornings, with a few changes from when we last met together. Sunday school will be held each Sunday (once we are able to meet) from 9:45 until 10:15. We have classes for children ages 3 through 5th grade. We want to update all of our records, so please register your children for Sunday school by clicking this link. There is more information about the exciting new changes in Sunday school on the registration page.
UMW BOOK STUDY
The ESUMC United Methodist Women are pleased to announce the schedule of presenters and books for the upcoming Book Study. Once again we will meet at 11:00 am on the 4th Monday of most months, and as always we will NOT meet in November and December as the fourth Monday of those months is far too busy.
This year we will be meeting in the Brown Chapel, and the events are open to both men and women, and to members and non-members of ESUMC. In addition to those who are able to attend in person, this year each session will be record, and a link provided so that those unable to attend can enjoy the presentation on line.
We have purchased two or more copies of each book, and placed them on the UMW Book Shelf in the Church Library (we encourage you to read these quickly so that others will have a chance to utilize the limited number of copies). In addition, with one exception, each of these books is also available in the Wake County Public Library.
Half of our presenters are well known to you, and half are authors presenting their own books. This year’s list of Presenters and Books follows:
|9/27||Will McLeane||His Truth is Marching On, John Lewis||John Meach|
|9/28 (7pm)||Will McLeane||His Truth is Marching On, John Lewis||John Meach|
|10/25||Cindy MacKeathan||Anya Seaton, A Writing Life||Lucinda MacKeathan|
|1/24||Greg Moore||Somebody’s Daughter||Ashley Ford|
|2/28||Jill McCorkle||Hieroglyphics||Jill McCorkle|
|3/28||Mary Susan Fulghrum||Small Great Things||Jodi Picoult|
|3/29||Mary Susan Fulghrum||Small Great Things||Jodi Picoult|
|4/25||Cate Lineberry||The Secret Rescue||Cate Lineberry|
Blessing of the Animals
Come one, come all all- come big and small!
Edenton Street will be holding its first Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm in Fred Fletcher Park. Bring your furry, scaled, or feathered friends to the Amphitheater to receive a blessing from one of our pastors and pick up a sweet treat for both you AND them! We’ll have a place to take photos with your pet and water stations to keep your pets cool. Please keep your pets on leashes and under control for everyone’s safety. We can’t wait to see these furry members of our congregation (and you!) there.