COVID-19 Updates from Long's Chapel
Updated: May 14
In adherence to guidelines and safety recommendations made by our bishop and governmental officials, Long’s Chapel has determined to suspend in-person worship and campus gatherings (excluding our Child Enrichment Center) until further notice. With the recommendations and regulations changing daily with COVID-19, we feel closing until we know it is safe for you and our community is best.
We will continue to offer our worship services online. To learn more about how to connect with our live streams on Sunday, CLICK HERE.
Our connect card has gone digital. Please fill it out anytime you need to submit prayer requests, get more information about the church, get plugged in, or be connected with us. You may find it HERE.
For those who normally give during our worship service, please consider taking a moment to learn how to give online at www.longschapel.com/give. There are numerous ways to continue your spiritual stewardship during our closure, including by a simple text message!
While our campus may be closed, the people that are the church are open, alive and vitally serving remotely. Please continue to call our main phone line at Long’s Chapel if you need assistance at 828.456.3993. Voice messages will be routed to the appropriate pastor and staff member. Our staff contact information and emails are available HERE.
We hope and pray you understand our want to keep you safe. We will continue to do everything in our power to nurture your spirituality and faith during this time. We are sending you our blessings and love. We miss you all tremendously and hope to see you again very soon!
Stay healthy and faithful Long’s Chapel,
HOW TO CONNECT WITH LONG'S CHAPEL DURING THE WEEK:
Our pastors and ministry leaders are offering a Midday Devotional promptly at noon every week day (Monday-Friday) on Facebook Live. The midday devotionals are also posted to our InstagramTV shortly after. Join us on Facebook (Long's Chapel United Methodist Church) or Instagram (@LongsChapel) to center yourselves midday, pray together, and get encouragement.
Moment with God - Moment with God is brief time of prayer offered Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am. Our hope with a Moment with God is to set an intention for our days. Center yourselves, be prayerful, be mindful, be spiritual....go about your day in prayer with love, hope, joy and peace. Each day we will be praying for something very specific. Please join us. The Moment with God prayer times are posted to Facebook at 9:00 am and also emailed via our Long's Chapel email newsletter daily.
MINISTRY UPDATES FOR LONG’S CHAPEL:
Adult Discipleship - most all of our adult discipleship and Sunday School classes have moved to virtual meeting spaces during this time. If you would like to learn more about current offerings or connect with a group, CLICK HERE. For more information about adult discipleship, please contact pastor Tom at Tom.Owens@LongsChapel.com
LCKids - LCKids will host a virtual segment on Wednesday nights called “The Shawn n’ Sally Show!”, 5:30 pm. Wednesdays will focus on interviews of Bible characters and offer a devotional for families. Also join us virtually for Sunday school approximately 15 minutes after conclusion of services on Facebook Live. Be sure to connect with our LCKids Facebook Group so you can join us for all the worship, fun, and silliness! For more information about LCKids, contact Sally at Sally.Hundley@LongsChapel.com.
Revolution Students – Join us for “Special Youth Version” (in place of our typical Sunday evening gathering) on Facebook Live at 4:00 pm. LIFE Groups will meet digitally on Zoom. JOIN OUR REVOLUTION STUDENTS FACEBOOK GROUP. If you haven’t already, sign up for the Revolution Students email notifications by contacting Shawn at Shawn.Winburn@LongsChapel.com.
Child Enrichment Center - Childcare centers may remain open and have been encouraged to stay open by our local Department of Health & Human Services to support essential workers. Long’s Chapel has agreed we want our CEC to be a resource to our community. We want to remain faithful to our families and take all necessary precautions while also abiding by governmental recommendations. This is an ever-evolving situation. We will continue to take this very seriously and day-by-day for our CEC.
The Hangout - Governor Cooper recently stated that North Carolina’s public schools would close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Considering this decision, in adherence to guidelines and safety of our children and staff, it was determined The Hangout would also close. We are hopeful and prayerful we get to resume for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Open Door Ministry – The Open Door continues to serve daily carry-out hot lunches, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, and overnight food bags for those in need. We also excitedly share The Open Door is sheltering 14 vulnerable individuals in a temporary shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic, whom also have support from a case worker. We continue to prepare for a transitional period and are planning to start mobile food distribution on June 1. Please consider donating as you are able to The Open Door - thank you for your support thus far. You may donate online HERE, then select "The Open Door". You may also mail a check to the church with a line item for "The Open Door". For any questions about The Open Door, please contact Bill Guy.
Second Blessing Thrift Shop - Now accepting donations! Although the thrift store is closed, donations are now being accepted on MWF, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. DO NOT bring donations outside of this time as volunteers may not be available to bring items inside. All donations, including furniture, are to be set inside the opened gate onto the dock. Dock assistance will not available. Six-foot safe distancing will be enforced and practiced if volunteers are available to assist. Donations will only be accepted if:
Clothes must be in TIED BAGS
Items must be BOXED
Furniture must be LOADED onto dock