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In-person worship resumes

As part of phase 3 of re-opening our building, Bethany has returned to its regular weekly in-person worship schedule of 8, 9, & 10:30 am. Services continue to be streamed online.

 

  • The 8 am traditional service will be limited to 40 people and meet in Fellowship Hall to better follow Nebraska Covid-19 guidelines for worship and gatherings. Please park in the north lot and come in the north door to the Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 7:40. A hospitality member will guide you to a seat.
  • The 9 am and 10:30 services will be limited to 125 people at each service allowing for households of up to 3 or 4 to sit together. Please enter through the center covered canopy entrance.  Doors open at 8:40 and 10:10 accordingly. A hospitality member will guide you to a seat. You will exit through the side doors.

What to expect on campus:

We are excited to see you for in person worship at Bethany! We must continue to be mindful of the safety and health of our members, visitors, friends, and staff.

What we’re doing:

  • We have enhanced our cleaning and sanitizing process according to the recommendations of the CDC guidelines.
  • No on site Sunday School, nursery, worship bags. Donuts and coffee will not be available. Feel free to bring your own.
  • Communion elements will be available when you enter.
  • Offering baskets will be available at the back of the worship space.

We ask that you please:

  • Stay home if you are sick or at risk.
  • Wash hands / use hand sanitizer often
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Please be mindful of your children

Worship Online

We broadcast our Sunday 9 am and 10:30 am services on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

Our 8 am service is broadcast to the Bethany Elkhorn Traditional Worship Group.

Just click and enjoy. Donut holes and coffee are optional but always encouraged!

Helpful tech tips

You can watch the live webcast on a phone, tablet, laptop or TV (which must be Apple TV, Roku, Fire or Smart” TV). Unfortunately, we cant troubleshoot every device, but here are some links to start with if you need some assistance: 

Apple TV | Amazon Fire | Roku 

How do I prepare?

Once you setup and test your device, you are done with the hard part! Even though we are a “scattered church” does not mean that you have to be a passive observer. We still want you to participate in the service: sing along with our worship team, and connect with our online giving & prayer requests.

Home Communion

Each time we begin Sunday worship we will invite you to gather communion elements from your own kitchen in preparation for Holy Supper later in the worship service.  You can gather bread and wine, or a bagel and juice, or other elements available.   The exact nature of the element is less important than the sincerity of faith to receive these elements as the very ‘real presence’ of Jesus’ body and blood.   If you only have one of two elements, the fullness of Christ is present.  At the time of communion, the Pastor will direct you to lift up your elements as the Words of Institution are said, and then you may take turns distributing the elements to one another with the words; “the body of Christ given for you”, and “the blood of Christ shed for you.”  Any leftovers can be discarded into the ground.  For those children who have yet to receive communion instruction, we invite parents and sponsors to make the mark of cross on their foreheads saying the words, the Body and Blood of Christ is Given and Shed for You. We hope that Holy Communion in your home will be one more practice of many practices to nurture your faith life as a follower.

Family Resources

Our kids & youth ministries are a priority within our church community. Kids are always welcome in the Worship Center, and we want to continue their involvement in our online services. Our staff has found resources that are aligned with the teachings your kids currently receive in the Bethany programming. Check out the resources below that your family can explore together. Be sure to also watch our Facebook groups and the weekly E-News for additional ideas, activities, and guidance throughout the week. 

Children’s resources:

Need a Spark Story Bible for kids? Borrow or purchase one HERE.

Join our Children’s Ministry Facebook group for live stories and conversation.

Check back often for regular additions, or contact Gera at [email protected] with questions.