Covid-19 reopening Survey

Under Governor Holcomb's plan to reopen Indiana, places of worship have been given the green light to resume in-person services with social distancing in place beginning this Sunday. While we will not open our doors this Sunday, we are making preparations to do so in the coming weeks, and we would like your input.

We understand that many of you have been longing for this day, and some of you feel like it has come too soon. As we begin the process of reopening, we want to encourage you all to do what you feel is best for you and your family, and to extend grace to those who choose to worship differently than you at this time.

Please take a few minutes to read the information below and complete a three-question survey.

Midtown Church  is committed to implementing the following safety measures for all in-person services:

  • We will be offering multiple services, each lasting one hour, on Sunday mornings to maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines. A limited number of seats will be available for each service. (We will continue to stream the service on Facebook Live as well).
  • Everyone wishing to attend worship in-person on Sunday mornings will be asked to sign-up online in advance to ensure that all who wish to worship in-person will be able to do so safely.
  • Sanctuary seating will be set up to allow for appropriate social distancing. The black cloth chairs will be stored and replaced with folding metal chairs that can be easily cleaned.
  • There will be a one-way arrow system to guide you in and out of the building to encourage social distancing. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • We are recommending that those who attend wear a face mask.
  • No materials will be handed out (this includes bulletins, coffee, and donuts). Communion will be served in individual prepackaged containers.
  • There will be no Midtown Kids.

Taking the above information into consideration, please click here to fill out a brief survey. Please only complete one survey per family to give us a better idea of numbers.

COVID-19 Update (5/1/20)

Due to the extension of the stay-at-home orders for Marion County, we will continue to refrain from meeting in-person for all ministry events for the time-being. 

We will continue to re-evaluate when it is safe for us to meet together in person. 

In the meantime, please continue to join us on Facebook Live on Sunday Mornings at 10 am.

Midtown Covid-19 Update (3/31/20)

Dear Midtown Family,

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. These are certainly unusual times. There is a need for us all to be praying for one-another, our neighbors, and our government. The Psalms are a perfect place to turn. They have given me language when I have not known what to pray. Several mornings this week I read and prayed through Psalm 95 ("For the LORD is a great God... in his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his... the sea is his, for he made it..."). The Psalms speak to every emotion, every human concern, and strengthen our feeble hearts that quickly forget that our God is not surprised by any of this, and, moreover, is sovereign over it all. As my Greek brothers, who are pastoring churches in the urban core of Athens taught me, the most important question is not, "Why is this happening" but, "What is God doing?" And because our God is Lord over COVID-19, he is up to something.

In light of the recent recommendations by the CDC, the President, and the Governor, we have decided to cancel all in-person ministry events for the month of April. We will re-evaluate if it is wise to restart in-person ministry events on May 3rd by Friday, May 1st.

In-person worship gatherings on Sundays in April are cancelled. We will live-stream the service on Facebook Live at 10:00 am each Sunday instead. Only essential personnel will be at the church.

There will be no in-person ministry events for the month of April. This includes:

  • Community Groups
  • Discipleship Groups
  • Men's Ministry Bible Study
  • Women's Ministry Brunch
  • MOPS
  • Host a Student Dinners
  • Women Who Brunch
  • Newcomers Lunch
  • Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend

Although in-person ministry is cancelled, that does not mean that ministry is cancelled. We encourage you to check in with community group and discipleship group members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers during this time. Thankfully, technology provides us a great way to connect during this time (Facetime, Google Hangouts, etc.)

I'm encouraged by how our church has responded to this crisis by reaching out to one another, using technology to gather and pray and care for each other, served to live-stream our worship service, and more. We are embodying the life Jesus taught us; "All people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for another." (John 13:35)

Many of those have wondered how to serve/give to those in need. If you are interested in learning about ways you can serve the community practically during this time, please look in the weekly email. We will have an ever-evolving list of ways you can work with the community and serve our neighbors.

If you would like to give to those in need within our church, Midtown Church has a benevolence fund that is used to distribute money to those in need. If you would like to give a monetary donation to the benevolence fund, you can click here and choose "Benevolence" from the drop-down bar. 

If you are in need of food, help, monetary support, or prayer at this time, please reach out to us! Our deacons will work to meet the needs within our church family. Contact Deacon Wes Trapp for assistance. Click here to email Wes.

We may not be gathering face to face, but the ministry needs in our church, community, and world continue. We are thankful that many of you already give online; if you typically give in-person, please consider making online donations for the time being. Click here to give a one-time gift or to set-up recurring payments.

In order to provide additional resources and support during this season of waiting and uncertainty, on Fridays, I (Pastor Corey) will be sending out a written encouragement and message, and Hayley (Midtown Kids) will includes a short devotional/lesson you can do with children. 

If you do not receive our emails, and would like to, click here.

- Pastor Corey and the Midtown Session