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.
Given recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of
Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
recommending that capacity and masking orders be lifted for all residents of
Pennsylvania both indoors and outdoors (except for health care settings and public
transportation), Quakertown United Methodist Church’s COVID protocol has been
revised and approved by Church Council to reflect these changes.
QUMC COVID PROTOCOL: APPROVED JULY 1, 2021
- Our church will return to 100% capacity in the sanctuary and in all rooms in the
- Fully vaccinated persons will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or
outdoors. We encourage unvaccinated persons, however, to mask and maintain
social distancing per CDC guidelines. Parents are encouraged to make a
decision for their child(ren) as they engage in ministry.
- All persons in the sanctuary, whether masked or unmasked, may now sing and
responsively pray and recite aloud.
- All hymnals and bibles will be returned to the pews unbanded.
- Social distancing will not be required for fully vaccinated persons.
- Service offerings will continue to be collected in baskets at the back of the
sanctuary until we have enough ushers to begin collecting by passing the offering
- Communion will be offered the first Sunday of each month. We will continue to
use the pre-packaged packets until we have a communion team to prepare the
traditional juice and bread cubes and communion plates, and have ushers to
- Fully vaccinated persons may remain unmasked in the kitchen. We encourage
unvaccinated persons to wear a mask and social distance while in the kitchen.
Those who would like to volunteer to work in the kitchen should be aware that
those people who are in the kitchen may not all be vaccinated.
- Outside groups will now be allowed to use our facility. Each group must
complete the Use of Building form for approval by Trustees as coordinated by the
Church Office. We encourage those who are unvaccinated to wear masks and
- Masks and hand sanitizer will now be offered at the Welcome Table.
Note: The table in front of the narthex doors will be removed.