What to expect:
We have a number of opportunities to worship online and in-person. Overall, we hope that our services are vibrant celebrations of God's great love for us and all of the world. Here are descriptions of both:
In-Person Worship Indoors:
After 14 months of worshiping online, we are glad to gather back in the sanctuary and we welcome you to join us. Here are responses to questions you might be asking, in hopes of making you feel more comfortable:
What do I wear on Sunday?
Some have kept a routine of "dressing up" for church, even online and to our zoom fellowship time. Some of you have taken a different approach and enjoyed worshiping online in your pajamas. To be honest, there were Sundays where I joined online worship with my family in my "yard work" clothes.
As we gather, let us remember that whether we wear a Ravens jersey, a Hawaiian shirt, a suit and tie, or a bejeweled mask, God looks at our hearts and not our outward appearance. Dress comfortably, but above all else, wear compassion.
Who do I bring?
Bring your full and authentic self self! Bring your neighbor, your family, your friends. Families, if you are not comfortable bringing unvaccinated children along, you are welcome to play on the playground. We'd love to see you even after the service.
Will we celebrate Holy Communion?
Yes! We will have two options for you to receive Holy Communion. The liturgist and the pastor will be masked and distribute no-touch bread and juice. We will also have prepackaged communion wafer and juice available.
Can we give online?
Yes! Your use of online giving is amazing and we hope that you'll continue to via eastportumc.org/give or via automatic bank drafts. We'll also have a box to collect offering at the rear of the sanctuary so you can deposit it before or after the service.
Yes! Please practice social distancing while you're indoors. Remember that not everyone is comfortable with "just a quick hug." Please be sure to respect people's boundaries and know that some have a limited "exposure budget." We'll also have every other pew closed and we ask that you provide adequate distance between your pod/household and others on your row.
What should I anticipate in the worship service?
We'll sing, pray, sing, and hear a sermon together, and sing some more! We are celebrating God's great love for us and for all with great joy. You are welcome to participate as much as you wish. If you have questions about the service, you can always contact our Pastor.
Since March of 2020 we have been gathering virtually for our primary worship service. Pastor Chris, JoAnn Kulesza (our Music Director) and a crew of dedicated volunteers have been working to lead us in worship from our living rooms, kitchen tables, offices, and cars.
Each week on Sunday morning a new worship video is produced to guide us in prayer, song, scripture reading, and reflection. While we usually gather at 10 am, this service is made available early Sunday morning so you can watch it at your convenience.
We encourage you to create a sacred space, wherever that is, to help you participate in the service. Be sure to download the bulletin for the service so you can follow along, joining in the service whenever possible. We want this experience to be as interactive as possible, so light a candle as a way to bring the Light of Christ into your space; share the peace of Christ with your spouse, family, neighbor, a stranger on the street; and feel free to belt it out when singing with us.
One of the things that the pandemic has made difficult is fellowship time, so each Sunday at 11 am we join in a Zoom fellowship time. You are welcome to join, simply send an email to the office requesting the link.