More than just a church, we're a family!
We invite you to join us each Sunday morning at 8:30 for Coffee at the foyer Coffee Nook.
Hope Connection classes for all ages begin at 9 am.
Our Morning Worship service begins at 10 am. The Evening Service is at 6 pm.
Wednesday night activities for everyone in the family begin at 7 pm.
Take a look at our upcoming event calendar above to keep up on other activities.
Church of the Nazarene
5005 E 500 S
Berne, IN 46711
Office Phone: 260-589-2501
Greetings Mt Hope Church Family from Pastor David - May 9, 2020
Reopening Mount Hope!!
Blessings to you today in Jesus’ name!
Well, it was March 15th when we had to close our church facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first projected that this closure would extend 8-12 weeks, and as of May 10th we will be entering our 9th week of dealing with this Coronavirus. As you are aware Governor Eric Holcomb has begun to reopen our state through a series of 5 stages. Stage 2 began on May 4th and will run through May 22nd. Various restaurant, retail, office, and manufacturing businesses will begin to reopen during this stage.
STAGE 3 begins on May 23rd. This stage permits groups of 100 or fewer to begin gathering together. The Mt. Hope leadership believes this to be the best time to reopen our church facility. Therefore, Mt. Hope Church of the Nazarene will reopen on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 10 a.m. At this time, and for the next several weeks, we will only have 10 a.m. worship on Sunday mornings. There will be no Hope Connection classes, no children’s church, no Sunday evening services, and no mid-week services. We will be recording the 10 a.m. worship service and posting it on the church website and Facebook.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAYS: While this pandemic cannot stop our worshiping our LORD, nor stop God’s word from ministering to our hearts…our church building atmosphere will be different from what we are used to. For the next several weeks we will need to practice social distancing of 6 feet between people. This is according to the state’s guidelines. Larry and Amy have volunteered to open and close the front doors for everyone to help folks avoid having to touch door handles. There will be hand sanitizing stations available and masks if needed. If you already have a mask you are encouraged to wear it. Handshaking and hugging are discouraged for now. We won’t be able to have a coffee nook for awhile, but if folks would like to bring their own coffee that will be fine. Restrooms will be open as well. Please, be assured that the building has been and will be disinfected each week. All these changes will be strange to us at first, but hopefully by stage 5 (July 4th) most of these precautions will be fading away.
OUR SANCTUARY will be sectioned off to accommodate the 6 ft social distancing guidelines. Families are encouraged to sit together. The first few weeks we will not have a Praise Team, but rather we will worship by watching worship music videos. There will be an offering receptacle in the foyer or doorway for our tithes/offerings, since it is unwise to pass the offering plates. (We really appreciate your faithfulness in giving over these last several weeks!) At the close of the worship service people will be dismissed by rows. It’s suggested that everyone move outside and maintain the proper distance if you would like to fellowship with others.
FOR THOSE 65 YEARS OLD AND OLDER, we understand if you are hesitant to attend worship services at this time. We want you to feel safe. Please, feel at ease and enjoy worshiping the LORD at home. Each week brings us closer to a safer environment and fewer restrictions.
The church leadership team is here to answer any questions you may have. Becky and I love you all much…and miss everyone! It has been a great joy to watch our church fellowship serving one another through this crisis! The love of Jesus certainly fills your hearts! Plus, I want to praise the LORD that no one in our church fellowship has been made ill by this Coronavirus!
If we can help you in any way, please contact me or Kim.
God keep you all! …until Sunday, May 24th @ 10a.m.!