Dear Henning Memorial Members and Friends,

In conversation with Leadership Council, staff, key leaders and medical professionals, Henning Memorial is preparing for Phase 1 worship in June. Until that time, we will continue to offer live streaming from our church Facebook page and YouTube channel for Sunday morning worship at 10 am.

We will implement the official guidelines from the State Fire Marshal and Re-entry Guidelines from the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.  A Task Force has been meeting to analyze guidelines, needs, and plans. They are strategically planning the launch of our temporary modified worship and will communicate details soon. 

Please know that among the top values guiding this work is "Do no harm," as we keep your well being a priority while seeking to move toward worshiping together as a community with a faithful, life-giving witness and message.

Listed below are some of the required protocols to provide a safe environment for our church community during Phase I of worship:

  • Limited worship capacity.

  • Physical (social) distancing.

  • Face masks.

  • No congregational singing (soloists and musicians only) or person-to-person contact (such as passing the peace, passing offering plates, holy communion…etc). 

  • Paper will not be distributed (hymnals, bulletins, etc.).

  • Still suspended: nursery, children's activities, Sunday school, and other in-person gatherings.


A few essential notes (and what you CAN do):

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay safe, remain at home, and join us for worship on our live feed. 

  • Extra volunteers will be needed to help coordinate and facilitate this unique way of gathering so all are kept as safe as possible. Please don’t hesitate to volunteer!

  • Groups can still meet by Zoom or in other virtual ways.

  • Church staff continue to work remotely and can connect with you by appointment or in other ways by request.  

  • Check in on each other and your neighbors for support and encouragement.  


In the meantime, please continue to keep your church, your community, and each other in prayer.  Be mindful of each other and especially those most vulnerable as we begin to move about in this next phase.  If you or someone you know needs something we can help with, please let us know.  I am praying for you and I am eager to see your face!  

Christ's Peace be with you,

Ellen Alston

© 2014 Henning Memorial UMC; Created and maintained by members of Henning Memorial UMC

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