FUMC Downtown-1324 Church St., FUMC The Place-205 S. 21st St.
New Castle, IN 47362
Should I wear a mask?
In order to protect those who are most vulnerable in our community, we are asking everyone to wear a mask as they come into the building and find their way to the sanctuary. Once you have taken your seat in the sanctuary, you are more than welcome to remove your mask.
If you did not bring a mask with you, the greeter at the doors will be glad to provide one.
Entering The Building
When should I enter the building?
We ask that you enter the building no sooner than 9:15 am.
Then, please go to your seat after you have your temperature taken.
There are some close quarters, so we want to be cautious and pass through doors in single file.
Where should I enter?
We are asking everyone to enter and exit door
at the southeast corner at Church and 14th Streets
or at the west door off the parking lot.
One of our greeters will meet you to open the door, welcome you to service, and answer any questions you may have. Masks will also be provided at each entrance in case you did not bring one.
Will have my temperature taken?
Yes. Someone will greet you and use a touch-less thermometer to take your temperature.
How are you feeling?
Before joining coming to in-person worship, please assess your current health. If you, or anyone you’ve recently been in contact with, are sick, have had close contact with a person with COVID-19, or are exhibiting any of the following symptoms please worship from home today.
If you discover you test positive for COVID-19 and/or have the COVID-19 symptoms after being in worship, please let the church office know.
Can I sanitize my hands?
For your convenience, hand sanitizing stations have been set up in the hallways, sanctuary, and bathrooms. Some stations will automatically dispense the hand sanitizer. Please use as necessary.
Where should we sit?
We ask that only families sit together. If sharing the same pew with another family, please leave at least six feet between your families.
Inside the sanctuary, we've roped off every other pew. This will give space so that no one is breathing on another person.
Donuts and Coffee
Can I get coffee and a donut?
No, bummer. But to keep our church family safe, coffee and donuts will not be served for the forseeable future. You can bring your own coffee, but please don't leave cups in the sanctuary. Find a trash can if it is disposable.
How will we greet people?
Please greet each other at-a-distance.
This will help with the awkwardness of knowing how others feel about distancing and personal interactions. If you want to get closer to someone, take time to talk in the parking lot or go to brunch.
Please know we need to be very cautious.
No, we will not have bulletins at this time.
We will have music. But there will be no congregational singing.
One of the easiest ways to spread COVID-19 is through congregational singing.
We want to be as cautious as possible.
What about communion?
We will still have communion every week, but we will not gather at the front of the sanctuary.
As you enter the sanctuary, volunteers will hand out communion cups. Each cup is individually sealed- you remove the first layer to reveal the wafer, and the second layer to reveal the juice. When you get the cup, just hold onto your cup until later in the service, when we all will take communion together.
How can I give?
We will not pass offering baskets. You can still give in several ways:
At the entrances on your way into or out of the sanctuary
Online giving (on the home page of the website)
Mail in your check
Will my groups be meeting?
The adult Sunday School class will begin meeting on Sunday August 9th.
Youth will have class beginning Sunday August 2nd.