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Updated: Wellington Churches are re-opening, here is the latest

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As the economy slowly reopens during the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown, so go the churches. Here are what Wellington churches are doing as of May 23. If your church is not included on this list, send us information at sumnernewscow@gmail.com or in the comment section below. 

First Christian Church

Worship in the sanctuary will resume on Sunday, June 7 according to pastor James Byer.

The first service begins at 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The second service will follow from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. There will be two services for June 7, 14, and 21. There will be no Sunday Schools but there will be a nursery during the service.

There are plenty of details on how the service will be conducted. Click here for more details about the service.

Church Ignited 

Church Ignited will not resume services until June 7.  Church officials have started a small group Bible study on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. this week at the church.

Attendees are requested to wear a face mask and maintain appropriate social distance.  Additionally, Church Ignited is holding an ongoing Zoom Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.  Contact Pastor Skinner for an invitation to the Zoom Bible study if people are interested.  Both studies are covering the same material.  Weekly message can be seen on Facebook at Church Ignited Kansas every Sunday after 9:30 a.m.  The pastor can be reached at wendell.skinner@att.net.

When Church Ignited services resume, people will be expected to wear face masks and appropriate social distancing as required by the state.

“Our church is not closed,” said Wendell Skinner, Church Ignited pastor. “Only the building.  We are just trying to be good neighbors.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s in Wellington will resume Sunday service tomorrow at 10 a.m.

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church will resume Sunday services at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

First United Methodist Church

The current plan is to return to in-person worship on May 31. The Methodist will not have Sunday School, nursery care, fellowship time, or greeting time. The offering plates and attendance registers will not be passed.

People are encouraged to sit every other pew, and only in family groups. Please feel free to wear a mask if you would like.

“I trust that folks with health issues that put them in significant danger will continue to worship on-line and that anyone running a fever will stay home and worship on-line,” said FUMC pastor Andy Hargrove. “The building will remain closed during the week except for groups under 10. We will phase in the other parts and other gatherings beginning June 14. This is all dependent on no changes to the state phase-in and the county recommendations.”

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Wellington First Assembly Church

The Wellington First Assembly will be slowly and safely reopening the building so people can all gather together again for corporate worship. The church will do this in phases.

During this phased in time, all services will continue to be shown live at https://wellingtonassembly.online.church/

The first phase is scheduled to begin Sunday, June 7. The church will only have 10:30 a.m. worship service. This specially designed 60-minute service will be at socially distanced table groups and includes some quiet activities for kids with worship, communion, and a short kid-friendly message.    No nursery will be provided, although parents will have access to a changing/cry room as needed.

Masks are encouraged but not required.  Plenty of Elbow bumps will be available.

The second phase will begin in July as we plan to resume kids programming at our 9:15 a.m. Sunday School hour.

If you have any questions about our service times and mitigation plans, please contact Marvin J. Miller at pastor@wellingtonassembly.com

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Calvary Lutheran Church

Calvary Lutheran will resume in-person services on Sunday, May 24. Calvary pastor William Winfield states:

We are making allowances for social distancing by spacing every other pew for use by family groups and individuals, along with staggering the pews that are used from left to right in the sanctuary. The doors of the church will be propped open as you arrive and leave so you will not need to touch them. Hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the church. The collection plate will be on a little stand in the narthex as you enter.

The Lutheran Church will be celebrating Holy Communion on May 31. A table will be set up in the front of the sanctuary with individual plastic cups already filled at the pastor using nitrile gloves. Bread wafers will be placed on individual paper serving plates as well.

There will not be a face mask requirement. Sunday School will not resume but adult bible study will resume at 9:30 a.m.

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Presbyterian Church 

The Presbyterian Church will remain closed for physical church and continue online for the foreseeable future.

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Church of Christ

Church of Christ will remain closed through May 31. The leadership will re-evaluate in June based on guidelines at that time.

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St. Anthony’s/St. Rose Catholic

Weekend/Sunday Mass for the Parish will resume beginning on Saturday, May 16. The church will keep a normal schedule of Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

In an attachment on the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Parish website it states:

When Bishop announced that the Diocese would be allowed to resume public Masses with restrictions, he also stated that, “Pastors may choose to start at a later date if they require more time for preparation.” These preparations include marking the pews for where people may sit, training ushers to seat people in such a way as to maintain social distancing, acquiring the difficult to find supplies needed (like disinfectant), informing people of the new guidelines, and building the schedule of altar servers, lectors, musicians, etc.

In Catholic fashion, there is a large set of rules to follow as far as the service is concerned. The social distancing rules for the church can be found in the attachment here.

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First Free-Will Baptist Church

First Freewill Baptist Church will continue with online services only until June 7. Then starting on that Sunday, the church will be divided into three groups, based on the alphabet of their last name.  Charlotte Brooks, wife of pastor Zane Brooks, said they can’t have groups more than 90.

“Usually we average more than 300 members for a service,” Brooks said. “We are going to have services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday starting the week of June 7.

Brooks said the church will continue with online services.

In the meantime, the church is starting up adult bible study. Last Sunday, they had a service in the parking lot.

On Saturday, May 30 the church is going to have a “Blessing Free Giveaway Event” See details here. Please call the church office for a time slot at 620-326-5521 as they can’t have more than 10 people together at one time.

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