What are the plans going forward for worship?
Dear church family,
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team issued an update that set new guidelines for worship in all United Methodist Churches in Mississippi. As such the Administrative Council has decided to resume in-person worship as of Sunday, August 9, 2020. While I know you are all excited about the prospect of resuming in-person worship, I would like to encourage you to remain vigilant in keeping yourself and others as safe as possible. With this goal in mind, these are the guidelines that affect our congregation.
- The only service to be held at the church is Sunday morning worship.
- Everyone entering the worship space is asked to use hand sanitizer, wear masks, and distance (stay six feet apart- families in the same household are asked to sit together).
- There will unfortunately be no singing during services.
- Offering plates will remain in the entranceway of the sanctuary.
- We ask that people try to avoid visiting with each other before or after services unless social distancing can be maintained.
While we are hoping that these measures will minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 they are not guaranteed to work completely. So, if you feel that it is anyway unsafe for you to attend or you have been sick recently, we ask you to remain at home.
Please also be aware that we remain in a time of uncertainty and these plans for in-person worship can be affected by further mandates from the Mississippi Conference or the Governor. They will also be affected if we learn of an infection that might have exposed our congregation to the disease.
I hope that you would prayerfully decide what course of action is best for you and your family and that you would all remain safe in this confusing time we live in. Know that I am praying for you all and that your church is still here for you regardless of whether we are meeting in-person or not.
Rev. James Walters
We realize that this is a time of uncertainty, and so here are a few common questions that we would like to answer for you. If you any other questions, feel free to reach out to Bro. James directly.
When updates happen where can I find information about them?
Currently, we utilize three main tools to inform the congregation of updates and general information.
Website – All sermons, studies, and major announcements will be posted on this site.
Social Media – You can see updates and connect with others on our Facebook page.
Text Message – You can sign up to receive text message announcements on your mobile phone. If you have not already signed up, all you have to do is text @umlonestar to the number 81010 or click here. Please remember that standard text message rates apply.
Is the Church still receiving tithes and offerings?
Yes. While some of our expenses will be reduced during this time, most will continue unchanged. You can give in two ways
In-Person – Offering plates will be located at the entrance to the sanctuary, before and after Sunday morning services.
By Mail – You can mail your tithe or offering checks to:
Lone Star UMC
P.O. Box 166
Collins, MS 39428
How does this affect our denomination?
General Conference – The worldwide legislative gathering of United Methodists was scheduled to be held May 5-15 of this year in Minneapolis, however, it has been postponed. As of now, the tentative new dates are August 31 - September 10, 2021.