Update on Worship @ 11

The vision: To reach more people for Christ, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church is expanding our worship options on Sunday morning. The Servant Leadership Board, after receiving a proposal from the Worship Task Force in July 2015, voted to offer two traditional services(8:00 and 9:30 am) and a new option on Sunday morning: “Worship @ 11.”

The music: Chris Schaljo, who holds a masters degree from Oberlin College, Conservatory of Music, was hired in September as the Worship Leader/Producer for this new worship experience. “The Gift,” the new addition to our music ensembles, will lead worship, incorporating many styles including contemporary Christian, jazz, gospel, and global music. Occasionally, various choirs will be invited to help lead worship.

Multi-media: The Servant Leadership Board embraced the full report of the Worship Task Force, including the recommendation of adding screens and projectors to the sanctuary. Extreme care has been taken to explore all options, valuing the integrity of the beauty of the sanctuary, under the guidance of professional engineers and architects. When the screens are not in use, they will be nearly invisible. When the screens are in use, the stained glass window and the cross above the altar will still be visible.

Marketing and Evangelism: The marketing team is designing some creative ways to get the word out about our worship offerings. The hope is to attract new people to join us in worship by promoting all of our worship offerings including Taize, traditional worship, and Worship @ 11.

First Worship @ 11: The first service will be held shortly after the installation of the screens and projectors; the official start date is dependent on the schedules of the contractors. The first Worship @ 11 is tentatively set for late January 2016.

Ambassadors for Worship @ 11: Chris Schaljo, and a team of servants, is helping to prepare for this new worship offering. If you would like to serve as an Ambassador for Worship @ 11, please contact Chris at cschaljo@hpcumc.org.

Thank you for your prayers and support of the servant leaders and staff during this exciting chapter in the life of our church family! Stay tuned for more details.


Pastor Cathy

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