Please read below for all the details about in-person services.
The Lord has carried us through these past months and we are certain He will continue to do so in the coming days. Churches in our area have begun to meet again for worship and after much thought, prayer, and counsel, we look forward to doing so as well. As we do so, we want to provide as safe an environment as we can and so we ask for your help and cooperation.
Below are some temporary precautions that we ask for you to help with as we begin meeting for indoor worship. Indoor worship will happen in the Worship Center at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.
We will not be offering ministry and care for our children during any of the worship services (nursery care, Kids’ Quest Jr, or Kids’ Quest). The entire family is welcome for worship, and we look forward to seeing all our families!
We will continue to offer a livestream service option as we know this is a great way for those who cannot physically attend church to connect. This livestream will be broadcast during the 9:00 am indoor service but, as always, will be available to you at any time. Details will continue to be available at www.xpointumc.org for services on Facebook and YouTube. We know how important this option is!
We will be following the CDC, Pennsylvania local and State, and United Methodist Conference suggested protocols as much as possible. The following guidelines will be observed for indoor, in-person service:
- Masks will be required.We encourage you to bring your own mask. We will have a limited number available to hand out if needed. Masks are a safety precaution for all and we will adhere to this practice.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building, including outside the bathroom doors. We encourage you to use sanitizer before using the bathroom and after. One set of bathrooms, outside the sanctuary entrances will be open for use but monitors will be maintaining the standards of the number of people allowed in at once (1 person per sink)
- Seating will be staged to maintain social distancing between families and individuals. Please refrain from moving chairs as they have been set up to maintain physical distancing.
Bibles, hymnals, and communication cards will not be available as to decrease the risk of contact through touch. Please remember to submit prayer requests through the email@example.com email. Offering baskets will be available on the way into the Worship Center and upon exiting. During Communion Sundays we will modify the elements so that no passing of trays is needed.
- Refrain from Physical Touch.While as a church we value personal connection and touch, we believe it’s wise to refrain from unnecessary physical contact at this time — no handshaking or hugs. During the service, we will not be having our normal time of greeting each other.
Throughout the services, hospitality volunteers and staff will be available to assist with seating, specific needs or concerns, and any questions you may have.
I want to remind you to take the following precautions, if you choose to gather with us for worship:
Sixty Five and Older: If you are 65 and older, I want to especially caution you as you consider joining us for worship. COVID-19 is very contagious and especially detrimental to those in this age category. Please consider remaining in the safety of your home and continue to tune into our livestream services.
Wash Hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay Home If Sick: As always, if you are sick or have symptoms, please stay home and worship there.
As we journey through these unprecedented days, there is much that would divide rather than unite. There is so much hurt and pain rather than peace and comfort. There is so much anger instead of signs of love. When the Church gathers we have the opportunity to bring peace and hope, love and reconciliation, salvation and promise. It is our desire that CrossPoint Church re-gathered will be a sign of love and unity to the communities around us. While we’ve all been in the same storm, we’ve not all been in the same boat and it will be good to gather with those who are willing so that we can share God’s love with each other. It will also be good to receive God’s energizing presence so that we might take it into the world around us. Our world needs Jesus in ways like we have not seen in a very long time. May the Church gathered be fueled to be the Church for the those in need, those who are broken, those who are wondering/wandering, and those who feel lost. Let us look to Jesus and his example demonstrated towards us as he humbled himself and lovingly came and laid His life down for us at the cross as we are reminded in Philippians 2:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5–8 ESV)
Family, I look forward with great anticipation to seeing those who come out for any of services. Take care and God Bless!
Pastor Dave and the Leadership Team