Middlesex United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Making Disciples - Transforming the World

Message from Pastor Rachel

September 19, 2020

MUMC Family,

      It has now been six months since we have worshipped in our sanctuary together. Those months have been filled with pain, grief, loss, surprises, connection in new ways, and seeing God in the places where we least expected. They have also been filled with prayer and discernment as we streamed worship from our homes, moved to streaming from our sanctuary, and opened to in person worship and small group gatherings outdoors. While I join you in longing to be together in the ways that we were six months ago, I rejoice in the ways we have found connection and support with one another while safely following guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

     This past week our Council approved an updated plan put forth by our Regathering Task Force. Right now, we are hopeful and planning to open our doors and our sanctuary for in person worship on November 1, 2020. This decision has come with a lot of prayer and discernment. In the weeks leading up to November 1, we will continue to monitor the COVID cases in our area and modify or change the guidelines we have created on how we will gather, as necessary. This plan also gives us time to update the media equipment in our sanctuary which will greatly enhance our worship experience both in the sanctuary and online.

     It is important to understand that when we gather in our sanctuary on November 1st , worship and fellowship will not be like it was in March. We will only host one service inside at 10:30am and follow guidelines set forth by our conference and the CDC which includes (but is not limited to): social distancing and wearing a mask at all times inside our building, refraining from singing, and prohibiting the use of some areas of our building. You will hear more information on what to expect as we get closer to November 1st . These guidelines are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. However, we also know that no amount of limitations can limit the power of the Holy Spirit who meets us when we gather for worship. For many of us, it will be a joy to be together and connect to God within the walls of our sanctuary. Some of you may choose and are welcome to continue to worship from home online or at our 9am outdoor drive in service. We have learned over the past six months that no matter where we worship, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are one body together.

     We will not be able to safely worship in our sanctuary without your help! As you are healthy, able, and comfortable, we invite you to consider volunteering at this service by joining our greeting team, usher/security team, or our tech team. You can contact the church office for more information or sign up on one of our weekly online connection cards. In the meantime, I am holding you all in prayer and delighting in the ways we can connect with one another in worship and life groups in person and online. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like prayer, a chat, or a visit. We are truly still in this together and we are never alone.

With peace and love,

Pastor Rachel