Bay United Methodist Church finds new ways to connect

Parishioners can social distance at an outdoor worship session at Bay United Methodist Church.

In the new COVID-19 normal, connection is important, while at the same time tougher to accomplish. As a church, Bay United Methodist feels the absolute calling to reach further than our own members to find connections within and outside of our community.

Through postcards to our neighbors, pizza delivery each Friday to the fire department, online postings of mid-week meditations and Sunday worship, to personal phone calls and Zoom meetings, they've found opportunities to lift people up during this difficult time.

It is not enough. Leadership in the church is actively pursuing fresh looks at ministry, continually asking the question, "How can we do better?"

One way is offering this open invitation to our neighbors, friends and community to join us on Sundays for our drive-in service at 10:00 a.m. The church will make room for everyone. All denominations and anyone in search of connection can find it at Bay United Methodist and they can find it safely. Masks may be required, but that does not inhibit the smiles of seeing friendly faces from car-to-car. Some choose to social distance in lawn chairs, sitting with their loved one yet still maintaining a safe six feet from others.

Although in cars, the energy is real. The love is abundant. The blessings of Christ comfort all. In the space of 30-45 minutes there is a chance to reflect and connect. This time will carry you through the week. And everyone is welcome.

Bay United Methodist is located at 29931 Lake Road.

Cindy Gulley

Cindy Gulley, Youth/Communications director Bay United Methodist Church

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2020