From Pastor Dan Colthorp

We are planning to have face-to-face worship on Sunday, June 28th.

We will be asking everyone to wear a face mask, to sanitize their hands, and to socially distance themselves during worship.

There will be no Coffee Time or Sunday School classes for the first several weeks.  As the threat of this virus dissipates, we will lessen the rules and begin to offer more in the categories of fellowship and discipleship.

We also plan to start live streaming our services, so you can continue to worship with us online on Sundays at 11:00 am for the live stream OR go to the church website anytime that week to watch the service.

Reopening the Church - date TBA

We are optimistic that the Church will be open soon for both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. We will continue to have online services after we reopen for those unable to meet in person. When we reopen, there will be restrictions that will be relaxed over time.

First, we ask that all high-risk individuals stay home at this time and enjoy our online worship. Second, we ask that anyone feeling ill or running a fever and their immediate family members stay at home and enjoy our online worship. Third, we will be cleaning and sanitizing the church. We will be removing all items in the pews, including Hymnals and Bibles. Please feel free to bring in a Bible from home for your personal use. Fourth, we will be practicing physical distancing and good personal hygiene.

 Upon entering the building, please sanitize your hands and wear a mask. You will be asked to wear the mask during the entire time you are in the church building. Masks will be provided if you do not have your own.

 There will be no greeters, no ushers, no welcome desk, no fellowship time, no Sunday School, no nursery, and no greeting line at the end of service. Parents, feel free to bring in activity books for your children for their personal use.

 Seating - Those in a household who are living together may sit in a pew together without distancing. Please, sit 6 feet apart from other families.

 Passing of the peace will start a few weeks after we open and then a simple bow to others will do. Thumbs up work as well.

 Holy Communion will be on hold for now.

 Offering plate - please continue to mail in your checks or give online. There will also be a place for you to drop your offering at the church. Your generous support of the church ministries and missions is greatly appreciated.

While the above contains many no’s, it is important to put our focus on God and worshiping him. Remember all of the blessings that God has put in our lives and to have hope in God’s character, promises, and power! Please let this be a judgment-free zone. If someone chooses to attend or not attend, it is a personal decision. Let us respect that decision.


From Pastor Dan Colthorp

Several of our small groups are doing online group meetings now.  If you want to be a part of the Men's Saturday Bible Study or the Wednesday or Thursday Women's Bible Study or the Young Adult Group Y&R, just let the church office know and we will get you the link to join one of these groups. Call 269-983-3929 or email office@sjfirstumc.org.

You can also Join Will Flaherty online every day for a video Bible Study.  They are working their way through the book of Daniel right now.  They have completed the book of Mark and James. To access these video Bible studies, go to the church Facebook page or the Online Bible Studies webpage here.

Finally, UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) is helping people and nations all over the world deal with the Covid 19 pandemic.  If you would like to support UMCOR in their mission please go to www.umcmission.org/umcor



United Methodist Church

2950 Lakeview Avenue

St. Joseph, MI  49085

Hours: M-F 9:00 to 3:00

Office: 269.983.3929

Email:  office@sjfirstumc.org












 9:00   Traditional Service

10:00  Classes/Coffee/Fellowship 

11:00  Casual Service

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