Our building has been thoroughly cleaned and repositioned for social distancing.
In addition the kitchen has been cleaned and closed. The backwing (3 classrooms and two restrooms) also has been cleaned and closed.
This is what the worship life at will look like at Mission Valley UMC for the foreseeable future:
Worship will be live streamed on Facebook Live on Saturdays around 10:45 and then saved for later viewing.
Drive-in worship will be offered at 9AM on Sundays and will be live streamed and saved for later viewing.
Inside worship will be offered at 11AM.
For Inside Worship
Masks are required. If you want, we will provide one for you--washable or disposable.
Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Temperatures will be taken (touchless). If your temperature is over 100 you should not participate in indoor worship.
We will record attendance in case contact tracing should become necessary.
Chairs have been social distanced. Families can move chairs together.
The service itself will be abbreviated--prayers, scripture reading, recorded music, sermon. (No greeting, handshakes, hugs, or singing, before or after the service.)
Communion and the offering will be touchless. (Individual servings left on chairs for Communion and tithes and offerings collected at a station by the registration table.) Foot traffic will be one way in the front doors to our seats and out the side parking lot doors to return to our cars. Please let us remind you, with all due respect, this is still a time for caution. Under our Mountain Sky Conference guidelines we will, with the opening of our doors, be in the Yellow (Caution) Zone. Under the State of Montana guidelines we will be in Phase 2. We will be opening our doors about a week before the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe ends its shelter in place order. Each of these entities reminds us that as we venture back out, or "reopen," the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are advised to stay at home or exercise extreme caution if going out in public. Our goal is to have no cases of community spread traceable to our congregation. And even more than that, our goal is to keep everyone associated with the Mission Valley UMC safe and well.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18)
Please reflect on these questions and the accompanying Scripture.
What is my vision for Mission Valley United Methodist Church? What ideas do I have for programs, activities, ministries, or service that Mission Valley UMC could offer? What do I want Mission Valley UMC, the people and the building, to look like in 5, 10, 20 years?
"Then afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old people shall dream dreams, and your young people shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. " (Joel 2:28-29)
We look forward to discussing these with you in the coming months. There are sheets in our front entryway and in the Friendship Hall where you can jot out your thoughts. Or write your visions and ideas on the display boards that are also in our entryway and the Friendship Hall. Even better, come share at a Church council meeting or call Rev. Derf at 406.853.3200.