First United Methodist Church of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Saturday Worship - 6:00 pm Sunday Worship - 9:30 am Worship is a paramount to our understanding of faith. Beyond the opportunity to gather in worship and praise, First United Methodist Church helps people along their spiritual journey of the mind, body and spirit.
The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeville seeks to provide the opportunity for a "closer walk" with Jesus to every person who wants to experience the awesome nature of our God. The divine experience of God is as diverse as the number of people who gather to worship. God thrives on creativity and speaks to each person in their own unique way. While Saturday night worship enjoys the vitality of contemporary praise, and Sunday morning worship celebrates the richness of tradition, we believe that God calls us to use all of the gifts at our disposal to bring glory, honor, & praise to Him, therefore, we promote worship that encompasses a multitude of styles and traditions meant to touch the hearts and souls of a diverse people making up our congregation and community.
Even in the midst of challenging times, there is so much to be grateful for. We have enjoyed meeting for worship on the church parsonage lawn for all but two Sundays over the past 16 weeks. If you have been able to attend, I’m sure you will agree that we are blessed to have such a lovely place to meet. We are grateful to Bob and Joy Stark for lending and operating the sound equipment and recording the service. We are also grateful to Rick George for helping to set up each week and to all who stayed an extra few minutes after the service to put the equipment away.\
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.