In response to Governor Holcomb’s announcement on Thursday, March 12, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in person services for the next two weekends, March 14/15 and March 21/22.
For many world-wide, this virus is a source of fear and anxiety. As followers of Jesus, we’re clear that God has given us a spirit of love and not fear (For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you will continue to sense God’s peace in the midst of these circumstances. Be in prayer for Muncie and for the world, especially for those who are directly impacted by this virus. Continue to hold onto your faith and do not let fear cripple you.
Though the campus is closed, worship will continue ONLINE. Join us LIVE at 10am & 11:30am on Sundays via YouTube here or on Facebook here. Should you need help accessing our online services, our main church phone line, (765) 288-8383, will be open Sunday March 14, from 9AM to noon, to assist you with technology questions.
Be invitational during this time! Invite your friends and family to access the service online or gather with you, as Pastor Gregg kicks off the Lenten season and our new series Instead of Me.
We encourage you to interact with others through these platforms as we offer a message of hope, more important now than ever. We are grateful for the opportunity to utilize technology to come together and look forward to worshiping with on Sundays!
We recommend that you give your offering and tithes online. Now is a great time to set up your giving account or recurring giving. Setting up your bank account payment method, minimizes fees and functions just like a paper check! Access online giving here. Although our activities may be curtailed for a time, our fixed expenses for our ministries, staffing, and building operations will continue. Thank you for your continued support!
All on campus meetings will be suspended until further notice. Union Chapel office hours will remain the same Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm and Friday 8:30am-Noon.
Look for further updates check this page, Union Chapel Facebook and Instagram social media pages. We will continue to monitor state and local recommendations to evaluate future gatherings.
We are making choices to love our community well and ask that you consider your neighbors, family and friends in finding unique and safe ways to serve those in need. Sharing the love and hope of Christ will prevail over fear as we all choose to respond in love.
II Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Sundays at 8:30am, 10am and 11:30am in the Worship Center.
The front doors to the Worship Center will open 10 minutes before each service.
Online services for Adult, 4FIVE6 and Kids, will be available Sundays at 8:30, 10 and 11:30am.
Reservations are not required, however due to CDC recommendations, a member of our team will electronically check you/your family in at the door.
For touchless check in, we will be using a smartphone app called Church Center. Prior to arriving on campus, simply download the app (Keyword search Church Center) and select Union Chapel as your home church. If you are not tech savvy, we have prepared both an instructional video and written instructions.
If you do not have a smartphone or cannot download the app, we can use the last 4 digits of your phone number, the app simply expedites the check in process.
Seating will be managed in accordance with CDC recommendations.
The CDC recommends wearing face masks in public settings when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a face mask may limit exposure to respiratory droplets and may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus.
Yes, we will sing in our services.
Overflow seating is available on campus with the live streamed service on screen.
At our 8:30 service, kids are encouraged to sit with their families in the Worship Center, or in the Oneighty Auditorium during our service. For our 10am and 11:30am services, Kids and Preteen ministries (Infant - 6th grade) are open. Our secure check-in system is now touchless. To check in your child, download the Church Center app on your smart phone prior to arrival.
We encourage those in "at-risk" categories to use their best judgement in deciding whether or not to engage online or in person.
Everyone will exit using the doors directly behind the stage. Dismissal will be staggered in order to allow for social distancing. While not in a formal manner, we do ask that you exit your row after those seated immediately in front of you leave their row.
Look for a Pastor on your way out of service, call us at (765) 288-8383, or send an email to email@example.com to contact us digitally.
The coffee shop will be open with seating available in the Courtyard area. Note: All water fountains are turned off in accordance with CDC recommendations. Bottled water is available at the Welcome Center.
Staff and volunteers will be cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces before and after each service. All high-volume areas and hard surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized, as well as, the restrooms. We use hospital-grade sanitizing solutions and an electrostatic sprayer that allows us to thoroughly and safely disinfect seating and surfaces in minutes. For personal use, additional hand-sanitizer stations are available throughout campus.
Anyone who is sick or displays COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC, should stay home and participate in one of our online gatherings. If you are notified by a medical professional that you have tested positive and were on Union Chapel campus starting 2 days before illness onset, please notify Candace Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not ready to come back, we understand. We are in a time of great change and life is far from normal for most people. If you and/or your family are uncomfortable attending an in-person gathering at this time, we encourage you to continue to connect with us online and even consider hosting a Watch Party.
In our services we are encouraging verbal greetings and friendly waves.