If you have come to this service early today, you may still be able to make it to Bethel's Sunrise Service at 7am, at Bethel Pond. This resumes a tradition that had been observed for more than 30 years before last year's pandemic interruption. Although CDC guidelines will still be observed this year, we see this as an approach to the "normalcy" that will return as the vaccines turn back the continuing threat from the virus.
But if you are not able to attend this year's Sunrise Service,
consider paying a visit to last year's online service before continuing here.
People who come to the church for Easter Service will find a Flowered Cross greeting them with a sign announcing "HE IS RISEN". Everyone is encouraged to bring flowers from their yard or gathered from the church yard to place on the cross. As they enter the church (or as you take part in this service) we are joining with worshipers Around the World in celebrating with song, word and communion, the Resurrection event.
After the service we would normally be going to the Fellowship Hall for a covered dish dinner, followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children. This year, these activities will take place in our homes but we will be looking forward to continuing the celebration in our lives throughout the coming year.
Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource material for this service.
We are also having a service at 11:00 this morning in Bethel's sanctuary. An insert to the bulletin, provided by a link above, presents Bethel UMC's policy regarding these gatherings during the time of COVID-19 restrictions.
For those unable to attend the services at the church, a new service will be available here online before 10:00 am each Sunday morning, using the same format as the on-site service. So you may "gather" here for an "Early Service" at 10:00 or the traditional service at 11:00...actually it will be available here at any time all week. We hope that you will find it a refreshing place to come into God's house.
NOTE: Each part of this online service consists of an audio file and, for most, a Link to a pdf file of "projection slides". Click on the symbol to play the audio file under a separate browser tab or in a new window. Then select the "Bethel 04/04/21 Service" browser tab or return to this window to open the Link to the "slides". It is best to stop the playing of one Audio segment and close its tab or window before starting another.
We hope that you will fully participate in the service provided here, taking the time to raise your voice or read along with the hymns and responses, and listening to the recorded messages and songs that have been prepared for you. Realize that, though not meeting face-to-face, you are virtually gathering with many others for this time of worship, celebration and spiritual refreshment.