In-Person Indoor Worship
We will be moving back into the Sanctuary for worship beginning this Sunday (10/18). Our outdoor worship experiences on The Village Green have been well received but the weather is getting colder. The carpet in the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and on the 2nd & 3rd floors have all been steam cleaned. All pews and flat surfaces in the Sanctuary have been thoroughly wiped down and the floors mopped (this will be repeated weekly).
For everyone’s continued safety, we will be following these safety protocols per the requirements of the Technical Assistance Manual provided by the Virginia Conference:
Each person will be asked several questions about their health as they check in with the greeter upon arrival. A temperature check will also be taken.
Face coverings are required at all times inside the church. If someone removes or refuses to wear a mask, the service will immediately end.
Individually wrapped masks will be available in the vestibule for anyone who might be in need of one. Disposable vinyl gloves will also be available for anyone who would like to use them.
No paper bulletins will be available.
The worship itself will be an abbreviated form of the fourfold order found in the UMH/UMBOW. Services will be around 35 minutes or so in length.
Music will continue to be supplied by our solo violinist. There will be no congregational singing.
There will be no formal/liturgical reception of gifts. A basket will be available in the narthex to receive offerings as attendees arrive.
Attendees must sit at least 6 feet apart during the service. Attendance in worship will not exceed 50% capacity of the sanctuary.
Everyone will sit as close to the aisles as possible at the end of each pew. There will be at least 6 feet between the people on each pew unless they are family members that have been together. The pew in front of each person and the pew behind each person will be empty. Please sit only in the pews marked with a verse from the Book of Psalms.
The two doors leading from the Sanctuary into the Fellowship Hall will remain open for increased air flow. Pending temperature/weather, the front doors of the sanctuary may also remain open during worship for additional ventilation. Ceiling fans may also be used as needed.
Worship will continue to be offered online via our church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewportMtOlivetUnitedMethodistChurch at 11:00 a.m. so that everyone can be included. The Order of Worship and Message for each Sunday will also be sent out weekly via e-mail and posted on our church website. Along with announcements and prayer concerns, the Order of Worship and Message will be mailed weekly to those who do not have Internet access as well.
Please remember that the first of the three rules given by John Wesley to the early Methodist class meetings in Britain is “Do no harm.” Our precautions are not enacted with any intention to diminish one’s free choices or to establish a layer of bureaucratic-initiated inconvenience. They are in place solely for the health and safety of all persons who desire to come and worship God.
Our primary weekly worship celebration is every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The sacrament of Holy Communion is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and at other times throughout the year.
Children Are Welcome in Worship
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a child … welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Children are our present and our future, our hope, our teachers, our inspiration. They are full participants in the life of the church and in the realm of God.
Additionally, a Nursery is available for children four and under immediately following the Children’s Moment on most Sundays. Following United Methodist tradition, children are welcome to fully participate in Communion on the First Sunday of each Month. Children’s Worship Bulletins and Sanctuary Sacks are also available as you come into the Sanctuary. The Children’s Worship Bulletins have a secret code that unlocks hours of fun learning at home. This secret code is unique to our church and allows safe and secure access to online games and activities that reinforce our weekly Scripture focus.
NMO-UMC has been recognized as A Church for All God’s Children by the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church and has a Safe Sanctuaries policy for the protection of our children and youth.
Invitation to Holy Communion
The United Methodist Church celebrates an open Communion Table. According to The United Methodist Book of Worship: All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children are invited to receive the bread and cup. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive the bread and cup. All ages are welcome to come and receive these gifts of God’s grace.
The Meaning of Holy Communion in the UMC
Worship Assistance Available
Hearing assistance devices and large print hymnals are available for your use. Our Greeter will be happy to assist you with these items.