while staying 6 feet apart
Below are some ministry updates on what FUMC Dothan is doing during this time of social distancing. Even though we can’t physically meet in the church building, here are some tangible ways we are helping the community, gathering as a church family, and reaching out to others. We are finding ways to gather online for Sunday School and other Bible studies. We’re still incorporating some recreational activities, blessing our healthcare workers by sewing and donating masks, and more! Read more below about how we’re #inthistogether.
We can’t wait until we’re all back under the same roof together!
- WHATS HAPPENING AT FUMC -
Worship Services and Age-Specific Ministry Areas
Sunday morning worship services have changed. Since you can’t come to 1380 W. Main St., we have been offering other options. Thanks to the safer-at-home order, we have returned to live-streaming! This live-stream will be visible on YouTube, Facebook, and our church website. Visit fumcdothan.org/worship-online each week to see links for each week’s worship opportunities. Please keep checking the website for the latest on Sunday morning worship.
We have several Sunday School classes who are meeting virtually on Sundays through Zoom. It is vitally important during this time of distancing ourselves from others, that we still remain “close” by connecting through talking, pictures, social media, etc. Thank you to those who have implemented this for our church family! To protect everyone, we have removed the direct links to these online classes, but if you do not have a link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access. She will be happy to help connect you!
Our youth are meeting virtually on Zoom on Sunday and Wednesday evenings for Bible study and time to reconnect with friends. We have been having a great turnout.
We are posting printable pages on the website for Sunday School materials. Each week, new fun praise and movement songs are posted on our page here and children can watch their Sunday School lesson by video.
Children were “egged” with activity bags before Easter so they could have fun from home.
Other Ministry Areas / Special Needs During COVID-19
Monday through Thursday, we release a new short devotional video moment from the clergy and staff here at FUMC Dothan. These are sent through our email subscription list, posted on Facebook and YouTube, as well as on our church website.
We currently have a ministry in place to assist individuals who are at high risk with special needs they may have. This includes shopping for groceries, prescriptions, or other urgent needs. We want to help you stay safe at home if we can. Email email@example.com to make a request.
Our Recreation ministry is still offering Boot Camps via Zoom twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information to join.
Ryan is also holding his Wednesday Night Virtual Bible Study. Email email@example.com for information to join.
Our Respite staff has been reaching out regularly to our participants and their care-takers. Katie sends weekly emails with activity suggestions, devotions, trivia, sing-a-long music, and exercise. We are calling and sending cards to keep in touch, and are eager to be together again soon.
She will also be holding the Caregiver Support Group via Zoom. Contact her for details.
While the Weekday ministry is closed, teachers have been finding new ways to stay in the lives of their students, and providing some connecting time with classmates and others. We have teachers videoing story time and circle time for their class, having virtual Easter Egg hunts, and some classes are meeting virtually on Zoom!
We have revived the First United Methodist Church of Dothan Facebook group in an effort to allow you easier access to connect with those you love and miss at the church. Please use this as a place for encouraging one another, interacting with friends, etc.
We have removed a tree that was causing roof damage, and had painters touch up the walls and other areas in the sanctuary.
The roses are looking beautiful too.
We are continually sanitizing all spaces, and even deep cleaning and waxing floors while there is no church traffic.
The Bread of Life ministry packaged and delivered 340 bags of ready-to-eat food to Selma Street for children to have over Easter weekend.
The first week of May, we packed 150 bags for food-insecure children at Girard Primary School.
If you would like to be involved with this ministry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get In Touch
We’d love to hear from you! Contact our office to learn more about the ministry opportunities at FUMC or stop by!