Hello Friends!

The Church Council of Bridgewater United Methodist Church has approved our Responsible Re-Opening Task Force. As this team works to create a plan for a responsible opening of BUMC, we will continue to follow the guidelines below.

  1. In-person indoor worship, meetings, small groups, and outside facility use of the church facility are currently suspended.

  2. In-person outdoor worship will take place, weather permitting, from August 16 – October 18 and will follow the guidelines below:
    -   Masks will be required for all adults, and encouraged for children.
    -   The church building will NOT be open for any reason (including bathrooms), no exceptions.
    -   Designated seating areas will be marked to ensure proper social distancing; attendees must bring their own chairs.
    -   Worship leaders will use a microphone system, bulletins will be accessed electronically through phones/tablets, and singing will not be encouraged.
    -   Services will last approximately 30-40 minutes and participants will be asked to depart within 10 minutes following the service.

  1. Pre-recorded Sunday Worship Services will continue to be posted online on our website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

  2. Wednesday Midweek Evening Service will continue to be offered through Zoom at 7 p.m. The Zoom link will be shared in the pastor's e-note each week, as well as on our Facebook page and website.

  3. All meetings – committees, teams, small groups and youth/young adult groups – will be offered through Zoom until the church council has approved alternate options. Please do not have any in-person church meetings at home. Contact your group leaders and receive a Zoom link for your meetings. Group leaders should contact Rev. Jennifer or Rev. June for assistance.

  4. We will remain fully committed to being in ministry during this time and pastors are willing to provide pastoral care to all church families by email, phone, and video conferencing.

  5. We encourage you to continue supporting your church with your prayers, presence, and continued generous gifts.  You may share your financial gifts through our church app or by visiting the giving page, found on our website. If you prefer, you may provide your gift by mailing a check to the church – 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

  6. The church office will be open with very limited hours. If you are planning to come into the church, you need to inform Rev. Jennifer prior to your visit. Please practice social distancing with others and disinfect the office and/or area in which you worked. You are required to wear a mask if in contact with others.

  7. Classes at the Children’s Corner Preschool will resume on September 8th. The school will follow all recommendations put forth by the CDC.

We continue to hold all in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep the faith and stay healthy!