First United Methodist Church of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Saturday Worship - 6:00 pm Sunday Worship - 9:30 am We continue to offer in-person worship Saturdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 9:30 AM. We will continue to require those attending to wear masks and to maintain social distancing. Please enter through the back entrance. It is understandable that some of our members may be apprehensive about returning to in-person worship. Please know that the church leadership and I completely support your choice to remain at home. The safety of our members continues to be our top priority. We will continue to offer a live-steam of our services on Facebook at our regular time of 9:30 AM. The recording will remain on the site for you to watch at your convenience. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch. Just go to: Facebook.com/bridgevilleumc The season of Lent will begin on Wednesday, February 17. Pastor Brenda will offer ashes and communion in the church sanctuary between 12PM – 1PM. The theme for Lent is Again and Again: A Lenten Refrain. From the creators of this series: In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?” And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward. This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when much is unclear. Even if worshiping apart, we come to God again and again with our prayers, our dreams, our hopes, and our doubts. Even if from a distance, we will continue to be community to one another—especially when it’s hard—by choosing each other over and over again. We will continue to love God with the same persistence God chooses and claims us. Our sub-theme, A Lenten Refrain, speaks to the ways God can make music of our lives. “Refrain” also reminds us that Lent is a season of abstaining from certain or harmful practices in order to take on new rhythms and habits. In this season, we need rituals—both old and new—to remember and be transformed. Embodied practice builds muscle memory. Repetition helps retrain our neural pathways. We need the 46 days of Lent because this season shapes us into more faithful disciples. Join us this Lent as again and again, we bring all of who we are to God and trust that God will meet us, time and again, along the way. – A Sanctified Art
Pastor Brenda will be taking time off February 8 – 14. We will still have in-person worship that Sunday. Please contact Reverend Kelley Shanley of FUMC Washington with any pastoral care emergencies. Her number is 724-322-8929.
Many of you have continued the spiritual discipline of offering a portion of your financial resources to the ministry of the church. Your faithfulness is recognized and appreciated.
In order to create a safe environment for those attending, these protocols must be observed. These protocols were approved by the leadership of FUMC Bridgeville.
Worship attendance is limited to 40 people.
All participants must wear masks – no exceptions.
Both worship services will be held in the Sanctuary. Participants must enter through the front door. Entrance through the back door or side door will not be permitted.
Participants are asked to queue up 6 feet apart on the sidewalk and wait for an usher to let you in and direct you to an open pew. Family members may be admitted together.
At the conclusion of the service, participants will wait in their pews to be dismissed by the usher through the front doors. Participants may socialize outdoors on the church property and parking lot while practicing safe social distancing.
We realize that these changes will seem a little strange at first. We will all have grace for one another as we navigate this new way of meeting. Here are some other changes that you can expect.
Only the upstairs restroom will be open for use.
All other areas of the church will be closed. These areas include the conference room on the sanctuary level, all balcony rooms including the choir room, the kitchen, fellowship hall, the nursery room, and downstairs bathroom. The sound person may have access to the sound room. The offering may be taken by one person to the church office.
The offering plate will be located at the front of the sanctuary and those attending may put their envelopes in before or after the service.
We will offer instrumental music but will ask those attending to whisper or sing softly.
Services will continue to be recorded and offered on either Zoom or Facebook.
Ensuring the safest experience possible has been the goal of church leadership in our planning. I am thankful for the wise leadership of our church. Please know that if you choose not to worship in-person with us at this time, we support your decision and you are still a beloved member of our church. Finally, I would ask that if you are considering worshipping with us that you take some time to prepare by setting yourself before the Lord in prayer. More than ever, we need God’s grace to temper our fears and we need to have grace for each other as we step into a new season. God’s grace and peace to you.