Worship Opportunities Amidst Social Distancing

Dear Safe Harbor Church Family,

           May is beginning which is usually a packed month of special services.  Normally, the youth would be preparing to lead us in the service on the first Sunday of May.  Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, so kids remember to do something extra nice for your mom that day.  Baccalaureate, the service that honors our graduating high school seniors, is the third week and then Memorial Day weekend (all though we have five Sundays this year and the last one is Pentecost). 

Unfortunately, none of that will be happening this year.  May worship will look very different as we strive to abide by the no more than 10 people gathered which means no youth Sunday in May.  We’ll let them lead us at another time.  We will certainly mention Mother’s Day and we hope to still be able to honor our two active graduating seniors, Conner Clouse and Eli Hughey.  If you would like to drop a card off for them at the church, we will be sure to get that to them, or you can mail them a graduation card. 

In the midst of all this change there is good news.  Here is the latest email from the Bishop offering guidance on when we MIGHT be able to restart in-person services. 

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior,

I am aware that several of you desire to gather in-person for corporate worship. Other faith communities may feel a need to protect the flock—especially the most vulnerable members—by continuing to not gather physically a little longer. My hope is to give you guidance, not commandments, on preparing a tentative schedule to resuming some elements of in-person worship and other congregational activities. I am asking churches to continue their shelter-in-place on congregational activities through Sunday, May 31, 2020. This date is more of an evaluation point than a target to resume physical, corporate worship. Know that I—in collaboration with our conference leadership—have considered and will continue to examine medical precautions and healthcare data, as well as discern the best path forward for our Mississippi United Methodist churches. If for whatever reason, this date becomes too soon of a projection, we can and will adapt.

Please keep an eye out for the latest info and guidelines we will send out to you as we hope to restart in-person worship services in June.  Although, please know there will be some changes to how and what all we do.  All this depends on what the latest guidelines are from the President and Governor as we move through May.  Know that I am praying for you and please let us know if you have a need we can help you with. 

Love in Christ,

Robbie Murden

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