Return to In-Person Sunday School Guidelines (as of September 14, 2020)

We’re excited to announce that we have returned to in-person Sunday School! Sunday School for all ages meets from 9:45– 10:40 am. In order to have a safe return, the following guidelines are in place:

• All participants must register using the button above- class sizes are limited to ensure safe distancing.
• All participants over age 2 will need to wear a mask – masks are available at each entrance
• Use hand sanitizer upon entering.
• No communal food or beverages.

• For those staying for Sunday School following 8:30 am worship, please go to your classroom; children and youth will go to their check in areas, then directly to their respective areas.
• For those attending America Street Worship, please go to the gym upon entering.
• For those staying for 11:00 am worship following Sunday School, please go directly to the sanctuary for the service.
• Chairs and seating arrangements are spaced out as far as possible to maintain social distancing.

CHECK-IN LOCATIONS

• Nursery – 6th grade in the Conference Center
• 7th – 12th grades in the third floor of the Youth Building
• Adults checked in upon entering the building

ROOMS & BUILDINGS

• Nursery aged students are in the Children’s Building (25 max)
• 1st – 3rd graders are in the Sanctuary Building in the Children’s Worship area (25 max)
• 4th- 5th graders are in the Oasis on the 3rd floor of the Chapel Building (25 max)
• 6th grade /Confirmation are in the 2nd floor of the youth building (20 max)
• 7th – 12 graders 3rd floor of the Youth Building in the Joe Dean Court (40 max)
• Adult Sunday School classes will be assigned a room based on your size to allow for proper physical distancing. Adult classes please contact Karen Milioto to reserve a space or with questions.

ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL
Remember, if you’re not ready or able to come back yet, you shouldn’t feel any pressure or obligation to be in the building. Online classes and worship will continue.


Return to Sunday Morning In-Person & Sunday School

We’re so excited about returning to in-person worship and Sunday School! Read this letter that was emailed to our congregation for more information:

A Letter From George Ragsdale, Senior Executive Director | September 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

Over the past week the images coming from the western part of Louisiana have been heart-breaking. Together we have witnessed the devastation and destruction that Hurricane Laura has caused our friends to the west. As difficult as it was to watch the wreckage of the Hurricane, it is amazing to watch the people who follow Christ start the relief efforts; it has been truly heartwarming. Before the last wind subsided, trucks headed to the area to start helping. Relief organizations, including the Louisiana Annual Conference and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), were on the ground in Western Louisiana offering help. Members and friends of First United Methodist have been a part of the relief efforts. They have provided hot meals, a shower trailer, ice machines, yard clean up, clothing, bottled water, tarps, and so much more. You have also provided monetary donations which continue to support the relief efforts.  

There is still much work that needs to be done, and First United Methodist will continue to answer the call. In the coming weeks we will start forming teams to help with the long-term relief efforts, but for the time being please consider continued financial gifts to the Hurricane Relief. 

The past two Sundays, we have had onsite worship. Several people have made the comment, “I truly did not realize how much I missed worship onsite.” This week we are relaunching Sunday School and groups at 9:40. We are continuing to provide nursery care and will now be holding classes for children, youth and adults. If you are planning on coming, we are asking you make reservations, as space is limited. If we exceed our numbers, we will re-evaluate our space needs. Below you will find more details about the plan. Remember any person over 2 years old will need to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and practice safe distancing. Our classrooms will be set up with distancing in mind. 

Adult classes will be assigned rooms depending on the size of the class, in order to provide safe distancing. We welcome all classes. Please let Karen Milioto know if an adult class is planning on meeting in person. 

Remember: if you’re not ready or able to come back yet, you shouldn’t feel any pressure or obligation to be onsite. Online worship will continue to be offered at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am, and Sunday School classes will continue to meet over Zoom. Every effort will be made to make sure that children and youth will continue to be connected online. In addition to having in-person leaders, each class will also connect to their age level groups on Zoom. The adult classes that choose to attend can also stay connected to their Zoom classes during the Sunday School hour.
I have missed you, and I am excited about the next step of our journey together in Christ.

In Christ, 

George


A Letter from Rev. Brady, Senior Pastor to Our Congregation | September 3, 2020

Beloved in Christ,

It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana causing damage not only to coastal areas, but as far north as Bossier City. I know many of you are wondering what you can do to help. The recovery is going to be long and hard and there will be a variety of opportunities to help in the coming weeks, but right now the greatest need is financial support. Your gift will go directly to on-the-ground relief through the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Cajun Army, and work teams from FUMC. 

This past week we re-started onsite worship and had around 200 people in attendance at three services. If you’re planning to attend we ask that you let us know you’re coming by making a reservation. Attendees are required to wear masks, sanitize their hands, and practice safe physical distancing while on campus.

Online worship will continue to be offered at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am for those who aren’t ready or can’t join us in-person. We will announce plans for onsite classes and groups next week!
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Bishop Woody Hearn passed away on Monday this week. Arrangements are pending. Bishop Hearn was the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist church from 1974-1984 and I know many remember him fondly. Please keep his wife, Anne, and the whole Hearn family in your prayers in the coming days.

I’m excited about beginning to welcome people back to the church for worship and classes in the coming weeks. I’ve missed you, and I look forward, when you’re ready and able, to seeing your smiling faces!

Yours in Christ,
Brady