Suspension of in-person worship

CURRENT NOTICE (Updated on November 18, 2020): Suspension of in-person worship.

Dear Friends,

Due to the continued concerns of COVID-19, the reopening team of Broadway is extending the suspension of in-person worship at this time.

Worship Services will continue to be live-streamed, and we hope that you will join us Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. by clicking here.

Many prayers and blessings to all.

PAST NOTICE: Suspension of in-person worship: Sunday, November 1, 8, and 15

Dear Friends,

Due to the increase of COVID-19 in McCracken County, the reopening team of Broadway United Methodist Church held a virtual meting last night, October 29, 2020. Following discussion and a vote, the decision was made to suspend in-person worship services on the following Sundays: November 1, 8, and 15. We want to assure you that we take the health and safety of you and our community very seriously--this decision was not taken lightly.

Worship Services will continue to be live-streamed, and we hope that you will join us Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. by clicking here.

Please find discussion from the meeting and further information below. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Grace and Peace

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The Reopening Team of Broadway United Methodist Church met last evening at 6:30 pm via Zoom. In attendance were Bill, Jay, Pam, Susan, Doug, Chrissy, John, Nancy, Mark, and Ray. Ray opened the meeting with prayer. We asked Bill to give us an assessment of the situation. He informed us that the surge is very real in our county and city and will continue to rise in the weeks ahead. Natalie and Doug gave us an assessment of the school situation. Doug said they have been very fortunate where he serves. Natalie said the teachers are in preparation mode to resume virtual learning. 

A motion was made by Mark to suspend in-person worship and indoor activities like Bible Study for at least a period of three weeks. That would be November 1, 8, and 15. After that period we would reevaluate the situation. We will monitor the new color coding system implemented by our Governor. The motion was seconded. During the discussion opposition was shared to the team. It was expressed that people would be seeking other churches to attend if we did not fully reopen to the status we were before the pandemic. People are frustrated as they see other churches worship and having other activities. Ray stated that we have been open in regards to worship, allowing children and youth to have outside activities, and even offering in person Bible Study on Wednesday nights. We have been in line with sister UM churches. Randa offered a youth bonfire and hayride that had no attendance. The Bible Study had 4 in person and three on Zoom. Ray and Randa offered a drive by trick or treat at the parsonage last Sunday with 7 families participating. The bottom line is that though we know and appreciate the frustration it is impossible to fully reopen under the guidelines and procedures of The United Methodist Church and The Memphis Annual Conference. 

A vote was taken and with Ray and John not voting the vote was unanimous on suspending worship and all indoor events and activities for three weeks. An additional vote by Harry (who could not attend) was given by proxy to suspend. 

In regards to our All Saints Day, Ray and John both expressed that if we cannot do the ceremony without people present it would defeat the purpose. We will wait until we can have the ceremony when we can give our Saints the ceremony they deserve. Ray expressed that there is no one more devastated over this than he is. It feels like another kick in the gut because he is still waiting to have Katherine's Memorial Service. But he knows what is right and does not to do a half-baked ceremony. The Team agreed. The meeting was adjourned. 

So please remember there will not be in person worship November 1, 8, 15. Veteran's Day will still be observed on November 8. This week's sermon is the Beatitude "Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy." I still dedicate the message to all of our Saints who lived by the principal of mercy. 

Finally, just a reminder-Ray and Ben will be delivering the Halloween treat bags today from 4-6 pm for those who did not get to come this past Sunday. We will put the bags on the front porch. 

Many prayers and blessings to all.