As we all work to stay connected and to participate in worship during this time that we can’t physically be together, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the various ways that they can worship with Hope. Of course the “usual” ways of worshiping while away are still available to you. The service can be viewed on BCTV channel 191 at 7:00 PM on Sunday evenings and the service will also be posted here on our website by Sunday evening (There may be times that the BCTV showing is a week behind).
This past Sunday we had our first Facebook Live event during the worship service. If you would like to watch with us as we Livestream at 10 AM you will need to have a Facebook account. For any of you who do not have a Facebook account, let me assure you that it is very easy to set up and if you don’t want to get involved in everything that happens on social media, you really don’t have to! All that will be asked for when you open an account is a valid email address or cell phone number (which will be kept private) your gender and date of birth. You can enter as little information as you want in your profile, don’t need to use a picture of yourself and can adjust your privacy settings to make yourself almost invisible. If you really want to remain anonymous, you could even have fun coming up with a pseudonym!
To create an account from your computer, go to Facebook.com/r.php. If you are doing it on a cell phone or tablet, download the Facebook app from iTunes or Google Play. When you open the app you will be prompted to create an account. Once you have an account, you can put Hope United Methodist Church into the search to find us.
The only other way that you could watch at 10 AM is if you have a family member or close friend that will allow you to log into their Facebook account (and I’m not sure if they could be viewing from another device at the same time).
When the service is done, the FB video will be saved and we will put a link to it on the website as quickly as we can. It’s my understanding that anyone will be able to use that link to watch after the fact (we tested it out today and our tester was able to get to the video!).
The last alternative if you can’t do any of the above: there are 2 DVDs made when we record the service. Those could be shared any time after Sunday evening. If you know someone that this would help, let the church office know. Let’s continue to join our hearts together as we worship.
My dear Hope family , We are living through a time like none of us has ever experienced and decisions are needing to be made at times very quickly. The council meeting earlier this week never anticipated closings progressing this quickly. We have been in dialogue since yesterday afternoon and – trust me – this is a very hard decision! So, Erica and I “counted the votes” and listened to opinions – and here’s what we best can hear for a decision: Because it is nearing Sunday (ie tomorrow!) the church WILL still be open- we don’t want anyone to miss the communication and not get notified. No one will be sent away! We will do a trial run of our Facebook livestream – and also tape for putting on the website. (And of course there is a service on BCTV Sunday eve (that will be the service from last Sunday with Bishop Devadhar)). HOWEVER- my recommendation- and that of our District Superintendent- is that people do NOT come to church!!! Friends, I love each and every one of you. I know that the vast majority of our congregation is elderly and have an issue (or more) of compromised health. We need to take a couple weeks to let this all settle down. I really really do not want to hold funerals because I didn’t cancel church… please take care of yourselves!! If you have any one who is sick in any way in your home please do NOT come to church – do not go into public buildings – that is the advice Erica has gotten from hospice – both for you and your family and for the public’s health…
So- moving ahead – worship ONLY is ON for tomorrow – but NO other activities will be happening at church. For the two weeks following, there will NOT be a worship service to physically attend / only those who are administering the service will be at the building. We are working hard at making plans to have ongoing spiritual care for adults and youth – as well as addressing the multitude of physical concerns of public shut down. If you need anything at all please contact me!!!!! We are ready to help!
If you stay home tomorrow – and I do hope you will seriously consider doing that – go onto our Facebook page at 10 am and watch the service live! For the next 2 weeks we will send you worship materials in advance so you can sing and pray right along at home.
Let’s get through this as best we can – I am praying we will be back worshipping together as a WHOLE BODY by Easter.
One other note – Jack Moss has notified me that he and his family have decided to postpone Hatsumi’s memorial service until all of this settles down. Continue to hold them in your prayers.