Worship During COVID:
9AM in person and 10AM online
Nichols UMC celebrates that we can offer two different safe ways to worship: in-person at 9am and via Zoom at 10am. Both serivces are live and are not recorded in advance. Below is a brief description of what to expect for each service. We ask you to pray for our church, our communities, our coutnry and our world during this pandemic. May God grant us healing, safety, guidance, and comfort even as we struggle and often grieve because what is taking place around us.
God bless, Pastor David
Worship Service Schedule
9am In-Person Worship:
There will be only one in-person service at 9AM which will last approximately 45minutes. Temperature checks, masks, and social distancing is required at all times (including the pastor). There is no choir or congregational singing but our hymns and special music are provided by recorded video. Pastor David preaches with a mask for the safety of all. Attendance is VERY limited to maintain the social distancing protocols. If you would like to attend worship in-person, please click on the link below for important guidelines as well as how to register to attend. We recognize that everyone wants to be in the sanctuary and see faces in person. We all want that! However, the reality is that our space is limited and there are some who just can’t worship via Zoom either logistically or spiritually. Attending worship in person should be treated like a scarce commodity and should be reserved for those who can only worship in person. We must remember that being a part of a community requires working together. We will continue to limit most in-person activities this fall because gathering in groups significantly increases the risk of transmission.
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NUMC In Person Worship Guidelines – 9am
10am Online Worship (via Zoom):
Our Zoom service will continue to be offered at 10AM. It is broadcast live from our sanctuary (when possible). Our service includes hymns recorded by our choir (with words on the screen to sing along) as well as recorded special music. The scripture readings and sermons are provided by our Certified Lay Minister, Judy Lang and our Pastor, Rev. David Piscatelli. In addition, there is a time of fellowship at the end of the service where everyone is invited to turn on their microphones and videos to greet one another. Instructions to connect can be found on our home page. This is a great way to continue to worship as a community without the risks of gathering in crowds inside a building.
Remote Service Recording Links:
Click below to access previously recorded worship services:
The reality is that this will not be a ‘normal’ Advent or Christmas season. We are working to come up with the best way to celebrate the birth of Christ our Lord that will be meaningful as well as safe. Stay tuned to this space for more information.
Nichols UMC Standard Worship Schedule
At the present time, the restrictions for worship due to the COVID pandemic has changed our normal worship schedule. While we look forward to returning to whatever normal may look like at some point in the future, we give thanks to God we can worship as noted above. Typically, we have three different styles that seek to provide different opportunities to experienced and hear God’s word through prayer, song, scripture, and sermon. Our pastor usually preaches at all three services with Communion service on the first Sunday of the month – all are welcome. We promise you will hear the good news of Jesus Christ and be challenged to grow in faith and service in His name.
Communion Worship – 8am:
At our 8am service, we celebrate Communion every Sunday. It is an intimate gathering of 30-50 people that meets in the chapel. We sing traditional songs from the United Methodist Hymnal accompanied by organ or piano music and typically end around 8:45am.
Contemporary Worship – 9am:
Our 9am worship is an informal contemporary-style service. We gather in the main sanctuary and begin with a set of songs led by our Praise Team. The songs are accompanied by guitars, piano, and vocalists We then have a time of prayer, scripture, and sermon before our closing song. Children are welcome in the service, though child care is offered for those who need it. This is a good opportunity for people to worship who will be attending our Church School program at the 10am hour. Our service typically ends around 9:45am.
Traditional Worship – 10am:
Our traditional service with our Chancel Choir begins at 10am. We sing traditional songs from the United Methods Hymnals accompanied by our organist. Infant and Child Care are available during this service for those who need it. In addition, our Children’s Church School program meets during the 10am hour as well as one of our Adult Bible Study classes. Our service typically ends around 11am. Our Fellowship Hour offers refreshment and conversation immediately following the service.
Summer Worship – 9:30am:
During the summer, our three services combine into one blended service at 9:30am. The music style varies from week to week to allow us to experience worship in a variety of ways. Communion is typically served on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s in July and August at this service and it typically ends around 10:30am. Our Summer Worship begins June 21th and runs through September 13st.
Throughout the year, we have a variety of special services – some on selected Sundays and others during the week. We have an All Saints celebration, Missions Sunday, Children’s Sunday, Prayer & Healing services, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunrise, and other services during Advent & Lent. Check this space for more information at the dates get closer to the specific events.