We know that Coronavirus is an issue that is heavy on all of our hearts. Our pastors have given out a statement that explains what we are and are not doing in response. You can read it here:

Dear Bemus Point United Methodist Church Family,

As our world is grappling with the rapidly-changing reality of the coronavirus, we want you to know that we are responding on the local level. As the situation continues to evolve, we will keep you informed about how this affects our life together as a church family.

First, as children of God, we want to urge you to respond with faith rather than fear. We remember that through the power of Jesus Christ, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Our lives are in God’s hands, and nothing – not even a global pandemic – can separate us from his love. Let us be people who share the much-needed gifts of prayer and peace with our family and friends.

Second, we’d like to let you know the steps our church is taking to keep you and our community as safe as possible. Our custodial staff are sanitizing door handles and high-use surfaces on a systematic and regular basis, in addition to their regular cleaning. Hand sanitizer is available in dispensers in various locations in the church building. All sinks have soap for proper handwashing.

If you are sick with any flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to stay home from worship. If you are part of a vulnerable population and don’t feel comfortable being in larger group of people, please do not feel guilty about staying home. Please let us know how we can pray for you or be of help.

During worship we will encourage alternative forms of greeting instead of shaking hands or hugging until this has passed. We have made plans for serving communion next month in a manner that avoids all cross-contamination through the bread and juice.

We will continue to gather for worship on Sundays and in our regularly-scheduled activities unless we get further guidance from state or local officials that would change those plans. If that should happen, we will keep you informed.

Sisters and brothers in Christ, we have a unique opportunity to be a light shining in a world that has suddenly become darker and more fearful. Let’s take care of each other, look after our neighbors in need, and comfort and pray for those who are feeling vulnerable. Let’s go deep into prayer and ask God to use us to bring some good out of this very difficult time.

As always, please know that we welcome your questions and would love to hear from you if we can be of help.

Serving with You,

Pastors Bill & Kristen

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