New Changes in Worship

  • Pre-registration is no longer required.
  • For indoor services, you may choose your own seats or sit with friends. We will divide the sanctuary in half. One side will seat those who wish to wear a mask and safe distance and one side will be mask-optional. We are encouraging everyone who has not had a vaccine to wear a mask.  Congregational singing will be allowed, however (per CDC), masks must be worn by EVERYONE when singing occurs. Speakers are permitted to take off their mask off when reading or speaking. If the sanctuary fills up, people may be turned away or moved to overflow seating in Fellowship Hall.

As the pandemic continues on, much of the conversation has shifted from how do we move everything to a virtual environment to how do we begin taking steps to regather as a church.

Beginning July 4th, Bethany will resume in-person stand-alone contemporary and traditional services on Sunday mornings. Due to the heat, all in-person services will be held indoors and in the main sanctuary. Our summer worship schedule is as follows:
  • Contemporary Service – Sundays @ 10 AM
  • Traditional Service – Sundays @ 11 AM
Live-streaming of worship services will begin with the summer schedule. For those watching from home, you can still join us on Facebook, YouTube, and on our website. Recordings of live-streamed worship services will be posted to the website as soon as possible and no later than early afternoon on Mondays.
Please note that the 9 AM service time will be discontinued, with the last service taking place on June 27th.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In-Person Services will be held at 10:00 and 11:00 am
All services will be held indoors with the above service times selected to accommodate time-related preferences across three service times, seasonal attendance patterns, as well as heat-related concerns.

Pre-registration no longer required
We are eliminating pre-registration for in-person services and will instead use the Church Center check-in system for tracking requirements. Well-being guides will assist with check-in.

Protocols for Indoor Services
We seek to maintain proper social distancing during our services though you may choose your own seats as well as sit with friends if you like. Please utilize the available six-foot inflatables for safe spacing in pews. We will divide the sanctuary in half. One side will seat those who wish to wear a mask and safe distance and one side will be mask-optional. We are encouraging everyone who has not had a vaccine to wear a mask.  Congregational singing will be allowed, however (per CDC), masks must be worn by EVERYONE when singing occurs.  If the sanctuary fills up people may be turned away or asked to move to overflow seating in the fellowship hall.

Be Respectful of Others
You might be ready to hug and high five but it doesn’t mean others will be. Please be respectful of people’s needs and their desire to social distance as well as maintain a distance of six feet or more between you and non-family members when in our facilities.

Live Stream of In-Person Services
Live-streaming of worship services will begin with the summer schedule. For those watching from home, you can still join us on Facebook, YouTube, and on our website. Recordings of live-streamed worship services will be posted to the website as soon as possible and no later than early afternoon on Mondays.

Volunteers Are Needed

We are still in need of Audio/Visual Technicians. If you are 14 years of age or older and consider Bethany home, we invite you to join us in serving both members and guests, helping them feel welcome, safe and loved. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Please contact the church office if you are interested in volunteering.

Please Stay Home…
If you are not feeling well, concerned that you have been exposed, at risk, or simply uncomfortable attending right now, we would kindly ask you to remain at home and worship online.

We realize that for some of you this return date may feel too soon. For others of you, not soon enough. Whatever your opinion, please remember that we’ve never dealt with anything like this before. While we’re taking great steps to welcome people back and keep people safe, we know we will need to make adjustments so will be making decisions on a month-to-month basis.  

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and grace.