Our current plan is to return to in-person worship on Sunday July 5th. In the Sundays prior to that, we are doing some practice runs and rehearsals so that we can be as prepared as possible when we return, although we know we will continue to make adjustments.
As Hope Ridge UMC returns to in-person church gatherings, we recognize that we are first and foremost children of God, and that as we claim that identity our priority is to love and care for one another.
“Our return to public worship is not, and never should be, based on our own comfort, desires or preferences. It is based on our fulfilling God’s mission and purpose for us, which is loving God and loving others. We believe that we are in a moment of the greatest opportunity for evangelism in recent memory. We have abundant opportunities to show those around us, even in the midst of this pandemic, that they are beloved children of God and that we love them. That love can be shown concretely through our following the practices that will best protect one another from this virus. To be faithful, we are called to be willing to do what is best for others, even when it means we must make sacrifices.” (West Ohio Conference- Return to Public Church Guidelines)
We ask that you be patient as we wait for phased-in plans from the governor and health officials.
We understand our deep longing for fellowship and to see one another in person, however, we also have a deep desire to keep you and our community safe.
In this plan, you will find our request for you as an individual, as well as instructions for us as a whole congregation and community.
Below you will see our current guidelines, but as the situation changes, we will continue to make adjustments. Thank you for your prayers and your patience.
~ Rev. Beth Wilterdink