COVID Protocols - Fall 2020/Winter 2021
For the safety of our community, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church has developed detailed protocols and guidelines for church gatherings during the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021.
A Welcome from our Minister – The Reverend Anne Robertson
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First Sunday Blessing Services
Come for the Blessings
On Sunday, December 6, you’ll have three opportunities to join us outdoors at the church to get in the Christmas spirit.
Outdoor Worship – 10:00 am
Although we’ve taken down the tent, we’ll still gather out in front of the church for our first Sunday Blessing. In addition to Communion, this time we’ll be learning about the origins of some of the more popular Christmas decorations and blessing the particular candles, wreaths, greens, and lights we’ll be putting up around the church. As usual, bring food for the pantry, a chair, and wear your mask. Please sign up to let us know you’re coming.
Hanging of the Greens – 2:00 pm
Instead of decorating the inside of the church, we’ll be decorating the outside to create a lovely spot for the whole community. Candles in the windows, wreaths on the doors, lights in the trees around the picnic tables, and more. The 26-ft. holly tree that was almost pulled out as a weed years ago will become our Christmas tree with a nativity in front of it. Join us to help get it all set up. Please sign up to let us know you’re coming.
Vespers – 4:30 pm
Once the church is decorated and dusk begins to settle in, all are welcome to return for a brief service of vespers, surrounded by the lights and beauty of the church adorned for Christmas. Life is difficult and hectic. Put on a warm coat and take a moment to enjoy the peace. Invite a friend who might need a break from the chaos—with a chair and a mask. Please sign up to let us know you’re coming.
Also, at 10:00 am on that Sunday, there will be a live stream of the service on our Facebook page for those who prefer to join us online. That will take the place of the “live” Zoom worship which will continue on the other Sundays of the month. The Blessing Service will also be recorded so you can watch the highlights later on our YouTube channel.
What’s Going On
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