St Andrew United Methodist Church

"Building upon God's Grace through Love, Obedience and Compassion"

St. Andrew will be holding a Vacation Bible School program to go from Monday, Aug 10th- Friday, Aug 14th. Families can pickup supplies or have them dropped off at their home. Youtube videos will also be uploaded for the children to watch, and we will hold a Zoom meeting each night at 7pm for them to share their work with one another. Our VBS Mission Project will be for In Ian's Boots- an organization in Pottstown that collects new and gently used footwear. For more info, please email Dave Stauffer To sign up, you can call the church or use this link: Sign Up

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Dear Members & Friends,

The following items reflect the decisions reached by both Trustees and Worship & Music committees so that we may seek to re-enter our building for Indoor Worship during this Summer.

The Trustees TENTATIVE PLAN is to either Re-Open for Worship in the Fellowship Hall OR the Sanctuary(this is dependent upon Construction Completion & Professional Cleaners coming to clean prior to our Re-Entry) on Sunday, July 19th.

For now, we will continue to offer ONE Service at 10:00a.m. doing our very best to keep the Service to 1 hour, and to blend the various musical styles we all appreciate. Depending on whether we are upstairs or downstairs, we may limit attendance to in between 50-100 persons. We will advise if we need to limit numbers due to SOCIAL DISTANCING requirements.

1) When entering the building, all persons must be wearing masks. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one for you. (Infants-4yr olds need not wear masks.)

2) Persons will be seated in their family groups by our Trustees or Designated Ushers for that day. We will always be practicing 6 feet Social Distancing upon entry, seating, and exit.

3) Whichever floor we are using, we ask that everyone remain on that floor, and do not wander in our building. This will help us later in Cleaning Practices.

4) There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL for now; children must remain with their families. We will seek to provide some pick-up activities for our children who attend that they can work on while in their seats.

5) In an effort to keep our Services shorter, announcements will be shared in an abbreviated form, and Prayer Requests will no longer be shared verbally during the Service. All Prayer Requests may be emailed, texted, or handed to Jeanine or Dave Stauffer by Saturday, by 6:00 p.m. (if handed, then upon entry).The Pastor or designated volunteer will read requests during Service prior to Prayer Time.

6) No bulletins will be distributed; all items for Worship Service will be found on Screen. Hymnals & Bibles will be removed from the pews; we encourage you to bring your own Bible with you.

7) We will refrain from Congregational Singing since Health Officials and our UMC officials have both advised against singing because it is considered to be a super spreader for the Virus.

8) No offering plates will be passed during Worship; you may drop them in the plate or container we will have set up by the Sound Board as you enter the sanctuary.

9) We will NOT be serving any beverages or refreshments and we ask you NOT to bring anything to share with others. If you have a coffee or beverage in hand, please leave it in your vehicle. (ONLY Exception: if you must have bottled water for Medical Reasons, you may bring it with you, but we ask you to take it home with you after Worship.)

10) On Communion Sundays, the Worship & Music committee will be providing Ziploc bags of pre-packaged wafers & juice for you to grab as you enter the sanctuary.

At the conclusion of our Worship Service, Pastor Heidi will exit first, then Worshippers will be directed by the Ushers on how to exit the building again maintaining Social Distancing.

At no time should Worshippers approach Pastor Heidi. We will be working together to protect her physical space since she does have asthma, and this will lessen the possibility of her contracting the Virus.

We will ALWAYS continue to offer our Worship Services on the Phone and Online via Zoom and Facebook Live for any who choose to remain home during this Pandemic. Your Safety is Our first concern! Thanks everyone!

In Christ's Service,

Jim McClure (Trustee Chairperson)
Rose Marie Bireley (Worship & Music Cmt. Chairperson)

During our time away from our building we encourage you to continue to support our ministries and missions with your generous offerings and tithes. You may give either online by clicking here, or via check mailed to the church.

St. Andrew UMC
611 Swamp Creek Road
Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Phone: (610) 367-7043