Beloved congregation, we have a situation at hand that calls for action in order to continue to offer vital ministries in a safe and meaningful way.
With a disaster emergency called in Bucks County, fresh encouragement from our denominational office, and concerns raised from within our congregation, it is time for us to make a change already seen in other sectors: mask mandating.
We understand that this change will likely be met with a mixed response; some may be relieved while others may be less than thrilled about its return. This change is to help us avoid other more extreme measures, such as a temporary church closure. Our goal is to keep the majority of our worship elements the same; continuing with responsive readings, singing, and Sunday School. While some things may need to be modified, as always, we strive to offer a sacred opportunity to encounter the Lord and grow in our faith together as a church family.
Beginning this Sunday, January 16, 2022, QUMC will require masking upon entry to the church. We have purchased additional masks that are available to anyone needing one; they are located at the Hospitality Center or can be requested from an usher.
As a general rule, if you are experiencing cold, flu, or COVID-like symptoms, please avail yourself of our livestream worship so as not to jeopardize the health and well-being of your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and support of one another, myself and my family, the church, and our witness to the Quakertown community and beyond.
God bless each of you,
After prayerful and careful analysis of our worship services, Pastor Rick and the Worship Team are putting forth a change in our worship schedule that will allow for a less rushed schedule of our services and Sunday School (starting Rally Day, September 12), beginning Labor Day Sunday, September 5th, 2021.
This proposed schedule does not have a Contemporary Service timeslot. The reality at QUMC, at this time, is that we do not have enough musicians who are willing to, or who can, commit to carrying a contemporary service each and every Sunday. Bethan Neely and Jerry Elder are actively collaborating with and seeking musicians. We feel it would be unwise to require individuals to commit to a worship service each Sunday at this present juncture. This is exactly what caused the burn-out and failure of our past contemporary service. As we build up the band, musicians will be invited to play and sing at either of our worship services, as their schedules allow.
Therefore, our new worship and Sunday School schedule at QUMC is:
8:30 to 9:30 am - Worship
9:45 to 10:45 - Sunday School for Children and Adults
11 am to 12 noon - Worship
We feel that this schedule allows for more fellowship between worshippers and less stress for the pastor, musicians, and Sunday School teachers. Our hope is that the 30 minute change, for the 8 and 9 am attendees, will not be viewed as great enough to be a problem.
Parking lot worshippers are encouraged to attend either of the worship services in the Sanctuary or watch the live stream if they are uncomfortable worshipping indoors at this time. All worshippers are permitted to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
Join us as Sunday School returns to in-person classes! We will kick off with our Rally Day on Sunday, September 12 at 9:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Sunday School classes are for all ages! Following the 11:00 service that day will be a church picnic.