Update from Pastor Dave
In-Person Worship Will Resume November 1
October 9 Update
We want to be in touch with you as we are preparing to restart in-person worship at our church. How we have missed being together these past months! We know all of us long to join our hearts together in our worship of God. In order for us to be back on our campus we need your help and faithful commitment to ensure both the safety and the quality experience of all who will come to PVUMC. Over the past months we have carefully prepared plans to ensure the safety and well-being of our congregation. Our plans have been shaped and approved by both church staff and our church’s leadership (our Church Council and its Executive Committee). Our Desert Southwest Conference has provided valuable resources and insight on steps we are to take.
We have encountered some who believe the Coronavirus is a minor health concern. We will tell you that we have been in touch and in prayer with a number of church members who have contracted the virus and have experienced its lengthy and harmful effects. None of us want this disease to spread through our church family. If you have health concerns and choose to wait before returning to our in-person ministries, please know we support you and will continue to make available online worship and ministry to provide for your spiritual care. Your health and safety are most important to us.
Jesus commanded us, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). It is out of an abundance of caution for your safety and health and in the spirit of Jesus’ words that we share these plans:
We are doing thorough, regular work to ensure our campus is safe, secure and sanitized.
Small groups and classes of up to ten people are able to meet on campus starting on October 12.
We Will Begin Offering In-Person Worship Starting November 1.
Our worship will be outside, on the patio by the Fellowship Center. Because we can only have up to 50 persons on campus at a time, we are asking you to please make a reservation for attending worship (you will find a link on our homepage to registration the Monday before worship). I understand that is outside of our experience of attending church, but we believe it will be the most fair way to allow us to safely meet. We will not be offering Children’s Ministry as we begin, so children are most welcome to attend worship. Our services will be about 45 minutes in length.
We Are Shifting Our Sunday Worship Schedule.
Services will be at 7:30 am, 9 am and 10:30 am (Ignite). If we need to add an additional service or two to accommodate everyone, we will certainly do so. We will continue our online Sunday worship, so you can always watch from home at our usual 9am or 11am (Ignite) times.
What To Expect When You Come To Church
We would ask you to park in the back lot (or use our handicap spaces in the circle) and leave a parking space between each car. We love being a community together and welcoming you as you enter the campus. All of our greeters and Connection Team members will be greeting you with a smile and a wave, while wearing a mask and practicing safe social distancing. During this time, we will ask folks not to touch or hug one another, but do say hello. Our team will help you and your family by guiding you safely to your seats. Families may sit together but we will arrange for safe distance between seats. We are also requiring everyone who comes on to campus to wear a mask. Our worship will feel a bit different and we will not be doing any congregational singing together, but we’ll listen to our musicians sing and share music that will inspire our faith. Again, we will also continue to offer online worship each week for our Traditional and Ignite services.
We Are Asking Each Of You To Read and Sign our Covenant Of Participation. Click here to access the Covenant.
Our covenant expresses our most important concerns and the ways we can regather in the safest manner possible.
John Wesley would admonish the early Methodists to “Do no harm,” which is our most heartfelt desire. We know that these changes are not easy for any of us. Church will not feel entirely the same. However, God will be present and with us in our beautiful outdoor setting as we pray, hear music, read scripture and receive the message. We know this time is temporary and the time will come soon enough to resume our beloved worship activities and ministries fully on campus. If you have any questions, please contact one of the pastors.