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Reopening

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Registration opens each Monday at noon for the following Sunday services.

Phase 1

  • Begins with service on Sunday May 2 (subject to change)
  • Worship times are 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Our first registration will be live on Monday April 26 at noon for in-person worship on Sunday May 2.
  • Service will be blended with some live, in-person moments and some videos and pre-recorded music elements.
  • Phase 1 does not include childcare but Memorial Chapel (beside the sanctuary) will serve as a Calming Room where children and their parents can worship virtually. Hear this message from our Director of Children’s Ministries, Amy Jo Alspaugh, to learn more about our plans for Children’s Ministries. 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, please email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

Phase 2

  • Begins in June (subject to change)
    • 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11 a.m. in Sanctuary
    • 8:45 a.m. Church in the Round service in Jubilee Hall
  • Limited childcare available by registration only. More more information will follow
  • 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, please 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. Our first registration will be live on Monday April 26 at noon for in person Worship on Sunday May 2.

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

Questions and Answers

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

Will I need to register to attend worship? Yes, registration will be required for attendance. Registration for Sunday worship will open one week at a time each Monday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Sunday. When registration opens, go to the top of this page and select your worship time (8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 a.m.) and the number of seats you need for yourself and/or your family. During Phase 1 of reopening, space is very limited and we can safely accommodate up to 150 people in each service. 

When and where will services be held? Services will be held in the sanctuary at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. weekly beginning in May. Please note that Church in the Round, our contemporary service held in Jubilee Hall, will return in June during Phase 2 of reopening. 

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

Will the shuttle service be available? The shuttle service from Myers Park Traditional School will not be available at this time.  

Will I need to wear a mask? Yes, you will be required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times while you are inside the building. Disposable masks will be available if you forget to bring one with you.

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

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

Will the offering plate be passed? We will not pass 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 will place it in the designated offering plates as you exit the sanctuary. Thank you for your continued generosity. 

Will hand sanitizer be available? Hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the building and in the Sanctuary at the entrance and exit.

Will child care be available? We look forward to offering child care beginning in June during Phase 2. Child care availability will be limited for each service. We will provide more details in the coming weeks based on guidance from our local health department. 

Where can I go with my child if I need to leave the sanctuary? We will 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 will consist of a mixture of live and pre-recorded elements.

How will the in-person worship experience be different? As of Phase 1, you will be invited to recite the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, and you will be able to make your offering as you exit the service. We ask kindly that you refrain from singing the hymns, and we will not pass offering plates. 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 will have two screens in the sanctuary. 

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! You can register for the following Sunday’s service on the prior Monday at noon via our website.

When will Church in the Round return? We look forward to offering Church in the Round, our contemporary worship service, beginning in June during Phase 2 of reopening.

Will there be live music in the services on Sunday mornings? Yes, we will have a small number of choir members and musicians in worship each week. They will be masked and will follow all other recommended guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while singing and playing instruments.

Will the congregation be allowed to sing? Not yet. Although recent studies show that certain mitigation measures make it safe for a limited number of musicians to perform safely together without spreading the virus, congregational singing is still discouraged at this time.

The safety of our worship leaders and worshippers is our top priority, so we will follow the mitigations recommended based on recent scientific studies that are supported by major music associations around the country. For more information, please refer to this aerosol emissions study conducted by Colorado State University, this update from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and this article.