Resuming In-Person Worship Services

Resuming In-Person Worship Services

We are SO VERY EXCITED TO BE BACK this Sunday September 27, 2020. We will be resuming in-person worship services at both 8:30 and 11:00 am. We will also continue live-streaming on our Facebook page as well as our YouTube channel.

Please remember the protocols our Administrative Council and Trustees have put in place which include:

  • temperature checks at entrance
  • hand sanitizing stations
  • mask wearing throughout service
  • physical distancing in the Sanctuary

We are also asking all persons to sign a waiver, indicating they understand the inherent risks associated with gathering with others in the midst of a pandemic.

After further consultation with our insurance carrier, we have a new and more simple waiver that we will using moving forward (no need to fill out this new one if you’ve already filled out the other waiver). Simply click the text below which contains a link to the waiver. Fill it out and please bring it with you to church on Sunday and give to one of the ushers.

We greatly appreciate your understanding of the protocols we have put in place and we look forward to worshipping with you in-person VERY SOON!

Cookie Time

Cookie Time

It is cookie time for our back to school personnel and our area first responders.

Cookies for CougarsWe are in need of 200 dozen cookies this year.  These may be made ahead of time and frozen to be turned in to the church office by Monday, August 17th by 12 noon.  Karen Holder is in need of volunteers to help pack the cookies on Tuesday, August 18th at 10:30 am.  Cookie delivery will be Wednesday, August 19th and volunteers will be needed to deliver as well.  Please respond to Karen Holder’s email address (below) to volunteer for any of these jobs.  If you wish to bake cookies give Karen an exact number of dozen you wish to make so she can keep an accurate count.  This is an especially important mission this year for these folks.  During this time of illness they are under an extreme amount of pressure and a couple of cookies with a heartfelt message could make all the difference in their day.

The cookie project is in need of 17 dozen more cookies.  If you have not yet signed on to make cookies and would like to, please consider making some for our school personnel and first responders. 

All cookies are due at the church by noon on Monday, August 17.  Packing volunteers are needed at 10:30 on Tuesday, August 18, and the cookies will be delivered on Wednesday, August 19.  

Thank you,
Karen Holder
254-292-8763
Vacation Bible Study ~ VBS 2020

Vacation Bible Study ~ VBS 2020

Hello families!

We are excited to announce that our VBS will be taking place July 27-29, from 10AM-11AM. We will have a fun hour, filled with games, snack, story, and crafts! Due to the socially distanced nature of this VBS, we will be providing necessary materials for a pick-up on Saturday, July 25th (details to come).

If you are interested in registering your student(s), click the form link below:

https://form.jotform.com/CSUMC/vbs-2020-registration-form

 

You can also contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Kaitlyn Campbell at (512) 629-1703 or childrendirector@chinaspringumc.com if you have any further questions.

In Christ,
Kaitlyn Campbell
Director of Children’s Ministries

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Dear China Spring UMC Family,

After receiving the latest updates from the CDC, and in consultation with local officials, your church staff and leadership have developed a plan for our ministries for the foreseeable future. This plan is designed to slow the spread of any sickness, specifically for COVID-19 and to keep our church family safe. With these endeavors in mind, please note the following changes:

Sundays

This Sunday, March 28th, we will not gather for worship nor have Sunday school. Instead, there will be one live-streamed worship service that will begin at 11:00 am and can be viewed on our church’s Facebook page.

This service will be led by some of our staff and a small group of volunteers. Our order of worship will look much the same as it does on any given Sunday. It is our hope that much like individuals and families are accustomed to coming to church and participating in worship, you will do the same at home. We hope you will be an active participant in these live-streaming services by singing, praying, joining in the liturgy, participating in the offering and meditating on the reading and proclamation of God’s holy word.

As you watch the live-stream, you can indicate your attendance by clicking the “like” button on the video. You can also participate by sharing your prayer concerns or other thoughts by leaving a message under the video. Please don’t forget that even as we modify and transform our weekly activities, our overhead and ministry expenses continue. You can participate in the offering of our live-streamed services by giving your gifts online at or by mailing them into the church office.

Wednesdays

As was the case last week, we will not be having our Wednesday Family Meal, nor will we be having any of the other activities that usually follow for our children, youth and adults.

Other Gatherings

As the White House guidelines recommend no gatherings of more than 10 people for at least the next fifteen days and the importance of social distancing, all other gatherings are being canceled and where possible, postponed. For some upcoming gatherings, such as church committees, we will be using videoconferencing in order to conduct necessary church business.

Please note these changes in schedule will run through at least the end of March. More than likely only live-streaming of services will continue beyond then and throughout April. We will continue to keep abreast of the latest information and will keep you informed accordingly. In lieu of these changes, please see the following changes our staff is implementing in order to minister to the needs of our faith community.

As hopefully you already know, for both our children’s and youth ministries, we have recently begun using the “Band” app (available both for computer and mobile devices) for communicating content and messages related to the respective ministries. Beginning this week, we will begin sending out messages via these apps containing similar content and messaging that they would have received had they been able to attend church on Wednesdays and Sundays. Matt and Kaitlyn have some very creative ideas for sharing that will include not just static content but videos as well to make the experience more engaging and interactive.

If you have not yet heard of the “Band” app or need more information, please contact Matt Rodgers, our Youth Director at youthdirector@chinaspringumc.com or 940-564-0037 or Kaitlyn Campbell, our Children’s Director at childrendirector@chinaspringumc.com or 512-629-1703 for more information and/or how to set this up and begin receiving this important content each week. Since our children and youth are not able to come to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, we hope to bring the church to them.

We are also working on the ability to communicate more effectively with the adults of our congregation. Emails will likely remain the main vehicle to convey this information. But much like we are doing with our youth, we envision those communications to be more than static content, but contain videos as well to make the experience more engaging and interactive.

We are in “once in a generation” territory and we are moving forward prayerfully and thoughtfully. It is the hope and prayer of our staff and leaders that we are able to continue ministering to the variety of needs our church family has.

In closing, first and foremost, my hope and prayer for each of you reading this update is that you and your family are staying healthy and well and will remain that way. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. During this challenging time, we face ourselves, if you find yourself in need of something the church or myself can help with, please let us know. Our church’s office number is 254-836-1107. I can be reached via email at and on my cell phone at 214-803-3609. May we all take comfort in the words from the prophet Isaiah:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10

Prayers of Health and Well Being,
Rev. Steve Moss
Senior Pastor