Please be reassured that in this time of pandemic the Hampton United Methodist Church is still there for you. However, due to federal and state coronavirus guidelines all events, including Sunday worship services, are canceled. This is a difficult but necessary step that I do not take lightly. As many of you know, I do not like to cancel services. But in this time of pandemic we need to be mindful of the health or others, especially those who are most vulnerable.
At this point it’s hard to predict when we will be able to be together again in worship. Yet, we have some exciting ways to be in community together and worship God. Our ancestors also faced challenging times of stress and prevailed. We will too! Together, with our faith to guide us, we will be well.
There are 4 weekly opportunities for meeting your spiritual needs that we will offer.
- Facebook Live: The pastor will offer prayers, the scripture reading, and a brief reflection on the reading. After that, David Kenney and Yufen Yen will offer some music. Please know that even if you do not have a Facebook account you can still watch. If you do have a Facebook account please make sure you have “liked” our page at https://www.facebook.com/hamptonnhumc/ and come to that page on Sunday at 9:30. If you do not have a Facebook account you can still view from that link. The videos will remain on the page so you do not have to watch it live.
- For those with no access to the above technology: we will be offering an “at home bulletin” for you to pick up on Thursday afternoon at receptacle in the church parking lot. This will contain many elements of our regular bulletin with some reflections on the scripture text.
- There is no Sunday school in session but each week we will offer children’s activity sheets — puzzles, Bible activities, worship bulletins on carefully selected topics and scripture texts. They also will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/hamptonnhumc/. We pray these will strengthen families, and children.
- Weekly Spiritual Practices: During this time of pandemic we can easily feel stressed and anxious. Yet it may be that this time offers you not only stress but also some space in your life to welcome some new habits and practices. Even though a lot of things that we care about are canceled we can lean into some beautiful things that remain and welcome some new spiritually healthy practices. So during the next few weeks we will offer a new faith practice for every week. Every Tuesday we will offer them through our email list and at our church Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/hamptonnhumc/. On the Facebook page there will also be a live video every Tuesday morning at 9:30 with pastor Steve teaching and then leading the practice. If you do not have a Facebook account you can still view from that link. The videos will remain on the page so you do not have to watch it live.
All this is new to us, a work in progress, so please be kind, compassionate and patient. We will get through this together with God to strengthen and sustain us.
Grace & Peace,