by John Matkin on December 11, 2020
January 15, 2021
Dear Dickinson Family and Friends,
Christmas Eve at Dickinson First United Methodist is going to look different this year, but the message will be the same - Christ the Savior is born!
We’re doing our best to provide a safe in-person Christmas Eve for worship leaders and in-person worshipers. This year, that means continuing COVID-19 protocols in place since June. While inside, facemasks will be required, no congregational singing will occur, and persons will maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside of their household.
All services will be RESERVED SEATING - you will receive a separate email to make your reservations for one of four different services. Each service will be limited to 125 persons, giving us a total capacity of 500 people:
1:00 pm Children’s Christmas Eve
3:00 pm Christmas Eve
5:00 pm Christmas Eve
7:00 pm Christmas Eve
Doors will open fifteen minutes before each service (there’s no need to come early to get a “good seat”).
Children’s Christmas Eve will contain many familiar Christmas elements. Children will be given the choice to be an angel, a shepherd, or a magi, and will receive a halo, a shepherd’s headscarf, or a crown to wear during worship and take home afterward. Each child will also receive a Christmas M&M gift bag.
The remaining three Christmas Eve worship experiences will be the same - order of worship, music selections, scripture lessons. Each will begin with a musical ensemble providing seasonal music. All four worship services will end OUTSIDE under the stars on our front lawn singing Silent Night, Holy Night.
We know many of our members and friends will not be able to worship in-person. For very important health reasons, you will be in their homes. We understand and we support you! Therefore, we plan to live-stream the 1:00 pm Children’s Christmas Eve worship and the 3:00 pm Christmas Eve worship. Both will also be recorded and be available on-line for viewing later.
Your church leadership is absolutely committed to your continued health and safety. If our situation changes during the coming two weeks, we will be prepared to cancel in-person worship, and provide online worship experiences only. But the message will be the same - Christ the Savior is born!