MARCH 24, 2020
The Leadership Council of St. Barnabas met Monday evening, March 23, via Zoom. Here are some of the issues that were discussed.
Feedback on Online Worship
We are working to incorporate contemporary aspects of worship into the 11:00 a.m. online service on Sundays. If you have other feedback on worship that is constructive, please let us know! We are learning how to do this as we go along. Many of you noted the changes that were made between the first and second services. We are striving for excellence.
Easter and Holy Week Worship Online
Palm Sunday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. -- We are hoping the palms that have been ordered will come in. In the event they do, we will determine when and where parents may pick them up. If they do not, we are asking that parents work with their children to “make” palm branches out of construction paper or use tree branches to wave as each parent takes about 30 seconds (no more) of video as the child/children parade down the street. Then, please send the video to Alyssa Lawther. The videos will be compiled into one video so that all may see our children on Palm Sunday.
Maundy Thursday Worship, April 9, 7:00 p.m. -- We will have the opportunity to have Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday. Each family will need to acquire grape juice and bread for their family. Rev. Ginger will lead us through the sacrament of Holy Communion. In the United Methodist Church, one must be licensed (and/or ordained) to preside at the sacraments. Bishop Lowry has allowed this unique form of communion only during this period.
Good Friday Worship, April 10, 7:00 p.m. -- We will have a service of “Tenebrae,” that is, darkness. Each family will need seven (7) candles of a votive size or larger. As we extinguish candles in the Sanctuary, you at home will be able to do the same.
Easter Sunday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. -- We will have Easter worship at 11:00 a.m. We are also seeking to find musicians/ a band for an earlier worship time. Please stay tuned!
Communion will be on Maundy Thursday at 7:00 p.m. We will not have Communion at our “normal” first-Sunday time for April. We discussed “drive-through” Communion as an option to consider for the future. To be considered further based on feasibility.
At this point, we are not able to hold funerals other than by state/county/city lawfulness. We will do all we can to ensure that in the event of a funeral, there is every opportunity to participate. However, we will follow edicts and mandates.
Early Education Center (EEC)
EEC follows the Arlington ISD, as well as the State of Texas Licensed Childcare guidelines. Parents will not be drafted for April. Teachers will be paid their “normal” pay through April 3, and EEC will evaluate as we go along.
Our staff and pastors are doing all we can to help facilitate communication – especially with our vulnerable populations. At the same time, we are working to think of new and creative ways to be in relationship with our congregation and with each other. Please help us by taking a moment to consider who you see on a “normal” Sunday. Then, each day, reach out to a few of those people and check on them.
#WeAreStBarnabas and we are in this together!
Rev. Ginger Bassford, PhD