What are the plans going forward for worship?
Dear Church Family,
This past year has been a long road in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is so encouraging to see vast amounts of vaccinations being delivered and the disease’s cases remaining low in the state and our community. With this in mind, we are restarting programs as we attempt to get back to “normal.” While we are expanding worship and bible study opportunities, we still encourage you to do what you feel is best for you and your family. We still encourage social distancing and mask-wearing. Moreover, we will not be incorporating some normal worship activities such as using offering plates or having traditional communion for some time.
However, while our services may look slightly different, all in-person services will be restarted as of April 14, 2021. Here is what to expect going forward.
9:00 A.M. – Sunday School
9:45 A.M. – Morning Worship
6:00 P.M. – Bible Study/Prayer Meeting
6:00 P.M. – Bible Study for All Ages (Meals are TBA)
Per the UMC reopening guidelines and previous decisions of the Administrative Council, the following practices will continue:
- Mask usage is encouraged but not mandatory.
- Use of hand sanitizer and continued social distancing is encouraged.
- Offering plates will remain at the entrance of the sanctuary.
- Communion will use pre-packaged elements.
Please also note the Administrative Council has put in place a standing policy that if anyone has attended any service in the week before receiving a positive COVID-19 test, the church will suspend ALL in-person services for 14 days out of an abundance of caution.
While we hope that these measures will minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, they are not guaranteed to work perfectly. If you feel that it is unsafe for you to attend or have been sick recently, we invite you to remain at home.
Please also be aware that we remain in a time of uncertainty. These plans for in-person worship can be affected by further mandates from the Mississippi Conference or the Governor.
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 that we live in. Know 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. 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