As part of our community-oriented, safety-conscious response to COVID-19, we have moved Sunday morning worship services online.

 

There will be no in-person worship services or Sunday school classes.

 

Click here to worship online.

 

Click here to stay connected.

 

Stay tuned for additional information, and see below for a note from Pastor Seann.

Please email info@bellaireumc.org if you have questions.

ONLINE WORSHIP WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MAY

A Ministry Update from Pastor Seann

April 30, 2020

 

 

Hi Church Family!

As the local and national conversation turns toward “re-opening,” I wanted to send a quick update about our shared ministry here at Bellaire UMC.  

 

The safety of our congregation and community continues to be our number one priority as we navigate an ever-changing landscape.  So, we are going to continue to worship together online at least through the end of May.  

 

We’ve put together a team of medical professionals from our church who will help us safely begin in-person gatherings again when the time is right.  Also, because our online ministry is making a big difference in people’s lives, we’re in the process of creating a team to help Bellaire UMC continue and expand our digital ministry even after we resume in-person gatherings.

 

Two notes to celebrate: (1) Our Easter Offering raised just shy of $10,000 for CCSC.  We sent that off this week, and we know it help them serve those most in need in our community.  (2) Your regular financial giving is keeping us as open as we can be and functioning at a high level.  Your generosity has helped us meet all regular financial obligations, and help from the federal CARES Act has made it possible for our School for Little Children to pay teachers for the remainder of the year without any tuition receipts. 

 

I’ve been so encouraged by the ways that you are hard at work living as the church. People are making masks, checking on their friends and neighbors, meeting in small groups over Zoom, and donating food to CCSC. Church has never been about where we go.  It’s always been about who we are, and you definitely being the church in Bellaire and beyond! 

 

So, hang in there.  This season won’t last forever, and we’ll be back in person as prudence allows.  I hope and pray that it will be sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, please know that I am praying for you and for our community.  Be checking Facebook and your emails for opportunities for digital connection. And please let us know if we can help you or your family in any way during these trying times.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Seann

A NOTE FROM PASTOR SEANN

March 12, 2020

 

 

But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:8-10)
Dear Church Family,
Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been following the coronavirus developments over the past several days. Yesterday was a particularly eventful day in Houston with the Rodeo being cancelled and Lakewood Church announcing that they will be suspending in-person worship services indefinitely. Today brought additional developments, and I want to share with you how Bellaire UMC plans to be in ministry while also doing our part to limit the potential spread of this novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
City and county officials are asking community organizations to suspend large group gatherings as a way to partner with the city in slowing the potential spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Worship services, including those at BUMC would be the type of gathering they’re talking about. Several United Methodist bishops have asked the churches of their annual conferences to suspend in-person worship services and many churches in Houston have already announced cancellations or will plan to do so tonight and tomorrow.
As much as it grieves me, this is the wise decision for Bellaire UMC as well. Many in our congregation are in high-risk categories, and even those who aren’t worry about exposing parents or grandparents who are in a higher-risk population. I understand that suspending in-person worship services is an unprecedented and drastic step, but I’m confident that in this situation it is the right one.
This Sunday, we will worship online through an avenue like YouTube or Facebook live. I will have many more details to share on Saturday, but you can plan to worship online from your home this Sunday and next. In addition, we will cancel all church activities scheduled for the next two weeks. We remain in conversation with city and county officials, and we will continue to update you as we continue to partner with others in our area to respond proactively.
I know how meaningful the community of the church is to all of us, so we will also be working on helping small groups and individuals in our church family stay connected in safe and creative ways in the weeks ahead. Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who do not use a computer. We are doing what we can to reach everyone who calls Bellaire UMC home, and we need your help in case there are some we miss.
I invite you to continue praying for those who are affected physically, mentally, and emotionally in this seemingly unprecedented time. Pray for scientists who are seeking a vaccination or cure, our government officials who are seeking to faithfully lead at every level, and the poor who too often bear the brunt of any situation like this one. There’s a longer prayer at the bottom of this email if you’d like to use it as you pray.
We will continue to be careful and diligent in our decision-making so as to protect those among us who are at greatest risk. I am confident in God’s provision during this odd and anxious season, just as I am confident in God’s provision in every season. May God’s wisdom and peace abound.
In Christ,
Pastor Seann
For more information, visit the Connection Center on Sunday morning or contact Pastor Seann Duffin.