PUMC Preps Outdoor Easter Service! (4/4/21)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2021 in EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

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In 2020, the Pandemic hit and we didn’t gather for Palm Sunday or for Easter.  Instead, our worship and tech teams began producing the “new normal” of “Live Stream Only” services.  To thwart the spread of the pandemic, no congregation was allowed.   The first “Covid era, no congregation services” began on Sunday March 15, which meant that there was no congregation for Palm Sunday (April 5) or on Easter (April 12).   

In 2021, with the stabilization of case numbers and the rise of vaccinations, we opened to a limited congregation on Palm Sunday.  But on Easter, we’re adding a new twist…

 

Easter Morning Drive-In Service!

This year’s Easter will begin a bit differently at PUMC.  We’ll be able to gather in the church parking lot to welcome Resurrection Day with a safe “socially distanced” worship service.  Pastor Jim and the Praise Team will stand outside of the building to lead us in the celebration.  Bring your lawn chair, or just stay in your car, and worship our risen Lord in the great outdoors!

We will still hold our Indoor service at the usual 10:15 AM time (the usual attendance restrictions and reservations will apply). 

 

Outdoor Easter Service

DATE:      Sunday April 4, 2021

TIME:       8:15 AM

WHERE:  Pitman United Methodist Church parking lot (directions)

WHO:     Anyone!

RESERVATIONS?   Yes, we need to follow the usual limitations.  Call the office or use the below form…

WHAT IF IT RAINS????   The service is “weather permitting.”  It will be cancelled if it rains or if it’s too cold.

LIVE STREAM?  No.  Because of equipment limitations, this outdoor service will not be broadcast on our Live Stream.  “Tune in” at 10:15 to watch our indoor service.

 

Come early and stake out your spot on the parking lot!

 

Covid Safety…

The pandemic isn’t confined to the Sanctuary.  Even when outdoors, we still need to follow the standard safety guidelines:

  • We still need to affirm our health and to waive any liability.  This form must be completed:  Liability Waiver Form  
  • If you remain in your vehicle, allow an empty spot between you and the next vehicle (on both sides). 
  • If you choose to leave your vehicle to use a lawn chair, leave an empty parking spot between you and anyone who is not a member of your family.
  • Whenever you’re outside of your vehicle, please wear a mask.
  • In order to assure safe social distancing, you need to reserve in advance (see the Covid Safety for Worship page for details, or complete the following online form):

Outdoor Easter Service Registration

If you plan on attending the Outdoor Easter Service, please let us know by calling the church office or by completing the following form.  This form is only for the Outdoor Easter Service which will be held in our parking lot on Easter morning.  For all other services, use the “regular” Registration Page.

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Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Even today, during the pandemic, Christ our Lord is still Risen and with us.  We may need to wear masks, but the Easter Lilies still trumpet out the good news. This has been a long and difficult year, and some of us have lost loved ones.  But even in grief, our Lord weeps with us and promises eternal life for those who are in Him.  Our God of hope has gifted doctors and scientists with the ability to fight this disease.  He has gifted us with the patience and love to act responsibly to guard against the spread of the virus. 

As we look back to Easter 2020 and celebrate Easter 2021, we can look forward to the time when we can celebrate Easter 2022 without the threat and restrictions of  this pandemic.  Christ is risen.  The Lord will never leave us or forsake us. 

Even when forced outdoors or forced behind a mask, we can still celebrate and worship our Risen Lord! 

Happy Easter!!!

 

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