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Reopening

Join us for in-person worship! Registration is no longer required to attend any worship service.
Child care is available. No registration required.

Current Phase

  • We have four worship services.
    • 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary
    • 8:45 a.m. Church in the Round service in Jubilee Hall
  • There is no limit on the amount of people that can gather together for worship.
  • All children are welcome to worship with you, but child care during all worship services is available for children 8-weeks-old through children who are not yet in kindergarten. Registration is not required. Masks are required for children age 3 and older. Child care drop-off is by the main lobby and children’s hallway. If you have questions about child care, email Lisa Ross-Smit, Child Care Coordinator, at lrsmit@mpumc.org.
  • Masks are required while inside the building. Following the firm advice of the doctors on our Medical Advisory team in response to the current spike in Covid cases and the spread of the Delta Variant, we will be masking for all services starting again August 1, 2021.
  • Most Sunday School classes will resume in the fall; however, some Sunday School classes will gather at this time. If you have questions about Adult Sunday School, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

Reopening Safely

The safety of our congregation is of utmost importance, and we are blessed to have an experienced medical advisory team guiding us on this new journey. We will continue to stream our virtual services every week so there is no need to rush back to the building if you are not comfortable. We appreciate your patience as we navigate through this exciting time as we open our doors again for worship.

Although worship will not look the same as it has in the past, we are excited to welcome you back by taking every precaution necessary to ensure your safety.

Please continue to check this page for the most up to date information.

Questions and Answers

Please see our list of frequently asked questions and answers below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at ukim@mpumc.org

Do I need to register to attend worship? No, you do not need to register to attend worship.   

May I come to church if I haven’t been vaccinated? Absolutely. We want everyone to join us. We are practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and encouraging hand-sanitizing to help protect the health and safety of all around us. We kindly ask that you self-screen before coming to worship and watch from home if you have symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19 within two weeks of attending a worship service. Our Medical Advisory Team is encouraging everyone to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible to do so.  

How is the in-person worship experience different? You are invited to recite the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, and you can make your offering as you exit the service. We look forward to continuing to feature videos of our various ministries during the service as we have done throughout the pandemic. To allow those attending in person to watch these and other pre-recorded elements, we have two screens in the sanctuary.

Is the congregation allowed to sing? Yes, we will sing while masked. 

When and where are services held? Services are held in the sanctuary at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. Church in the Round, our contemporary service, is held in Jubilee Hall at 8:45 a.m. 

What time should I arrive for worship? To allow time for worshipers to exit the previous service, please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled service. If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your service time, please wait in your car until it is time to enter the sanctuary. 

Where is parking available? Parking is available in the Parish Life Building lot, in the Hopedale lot, and across the street in the shopping center at 1015 Providence Road. 

Is the shuttle service available? The shuttle service from Myers Park Traditional School is not available at this time.  

Do I need to wear a mask? Yes, you are required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times while you are inside the building. 

May I sit with my family? Yes, families are seated together. Our ushers will seat you at a safe distance from other households. 

May I choose where I sit? An usher will seat you ensuring there is ample space between you and other households. 

Is the offering plate passed? We are not passing an offering plate at this time. We encourage you to give online at myersparkumc.org/give. However, if you would like to make your offering during worship, you may place it in the designated offering plates as you exit the sanctuary. Thank you for your continued generosity. We will resume the offering in worship on Sunday, August 1.

Is hand sanitizer available? Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the building and in the sanctuary at the entrance and exit.

Is child care available? Child care is available only for children 8-weeks-old through children who are not yet in kindergarten. Registration is not required. Masks are required for children age 3 and older. Click here to learn more about child care protocols. If you have questions, email Lisa Ross-Smit, Child Care Coordinator, at lrsmit@mpumc.org

Where can I go with my child if I need to leave the sanctuary? We stream the service in Memorial Chapel, which is located just outside the sanctuary on the Queens Road side of the building. You are welcome to sit with your child in this space and watch the service. We understand that children will squirm and make noises but also understand that it might be helpful to have this space available to you and your child(ren).

Will virtual worship continue? Yes, we will continue to stream our services for those who wish to or need to continue to worship with us virtually. Worship consists of a mixture of live and pre-recorded elements.

When will Sunday School resume? Children’s and Youth Sunday School will resume in the fall. If you have questions about Adult Sunday School, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

May I come to worship every week? We want you to come as much as possible!