Sunday, March 15, 2020
To Our Brooklet UMC Family and Friends in the Community,
I, along with our staff, have been closely monitoring the ever-changing status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. We want to do all we can proactively to protect and care for our church family and our community.
After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend all activities at Brooklet United Methodist Church as of this afternoon March 15th for the remainder of the month or until further notice. This includes Sunday Worship Services, small groups and Bible studies, all Student Ministries (Children’s & Youth), Brooklet UMC Preschool, Brooklet UMC affiliated group gatherings, and group gatherings on our campus. When health officials feel it is a responsible time to resume normal activities, we will do so.
This decision was made, not out of fear, but out of an abundance of caution for our people. We want to act in a manner that shows love to our congregation and our community by taking measures to stop the spread of disease. We want to protect our folks and follow the advice of health officials by doing what is safe and responsible for our people. We want to flatten the curve of the spread of this virus as much as possible.
So, here is our tentative plan moving forward:
Sunday Worship will be streamed live using Facebook Live on the Brooklet United Methodist Church Facebook page. Our Facebook page is public, so you do not need a Facebook account to view it.
Our virtual service will begin this Sunday, March 22. There will only be one service on Sunday. After the service ends, it will be available to view at your convenience on both our Facebook page as well as our church website. We will provide links to the video through our email newsletter when it is available. We are making plans to offer video devotions for our youth and children as well. While this worship style may not be what we prefer, we have to be understanding and vigilant for the health of our church family and community. This gives us the opportunity to stretch, grow, and reach out to folks in new and innovative ways. Please be patient and optimistic as God can use this as a new way of reaching people.
For future updates regarding the coronavirus and Brooklet UMC’s response, be sure to keep a lookout for additional emails, check our website, and social media postings. Also, if you know of folks who do not have email or social media, please have them contact our church office by phone.
Let us continually pray for those impacted by the virus as we seek to be a people who love each other and our community. Use this time to check on folks, by phone and email, who may be living alone or just need love and encouragement during this time.
During this season of uncertainty, let us look to God as our true source of comfort and peace. Remember, Christ can calm the storm with the sound of His voice.