Dear Fair Haven church family,                                                                        October 2020 

March 22, 2020 seems like a long time ago, does it not?  That is the last Sunday we gathered together in-person. I have missed you all very much, as has our Fair Haven staff. We want to let you know that we have carried you in our hearts and prayers during this time away.  I want to let you know that we have started to regather for small groups and Sunday School classes (on weekdays only at first).  Beginning on October 11, we will offer a blended Sunday worship experience at 9:30 AM on our campus in the Fellowship Hall.  We will continue to offer online live worship each week, as well.  We want you to feel comfortable with coming back to our campus when you feel ready to gather with us observing the new protocols. 


UPCOMING FAIR HAVEN CAMPUS EVENTS AND NEWS

 

PHASE 2: Small Groups/Sunday School Classes on weekdays (SEPTEMBER 28) 

The Fair Haven campus will allow a limited number of smaller groups to begin meeting on weekdays in person if they so desire. Protocols for Phase 2 are listed below this timeline.

 

PHASE 3: Worship at 9:30 AM (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11) 

9:30 a.m. Blended Traditional / Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Hall. This service will be one hour and will following all protocols listed below.  Masks are to be worn correctly at all times, following CDC guidelines. There will be no congregational singing, or responsive liturgy at this time, but we will be able to gather in the sacred space and worship together!  We will be livestreaming this service online, as well, through the church website and through our Fair Haven Houston page on Facebook.

 

FALL CHURCH FRONT LAWN WORSHIP/MOVIE NIGHT (Saturday, October 17)

On this night, we will have a wonderful, outdoor, safe-distanced gathering on our church front lawn! Bring your own lawn chairs if you have them, and we will also have some chairs set up around the lawn.  You will hear great music from some of our musicians, as well as watch an uplifting, family friendly movie for the whole church, “The Prince of Egypt”!  The times will be from 6:00-8:30 p.m. that night, and we will have pre-packaged snacks for all to enjoy during this free event.

 

FALL GIFTBAG PORCH DROP (EARLY OCTOBER, BY REQUEST)

You will love what Linda and Bernard Padovani have created for our church family to enjoy this Fall! During this season of being "re-routed", our patience has been tried. Our norms have become "Not Normal," and our emotions have been on a roller coaster. What has remained steadfast is the love we have for Our Lord and Savior, His love for us, our church, and our community. As a way of expressing our "Thankfulness" we have put together a "Porch Drop" bag for each of our Fair Haven families which we will deliver on request (see below). Inside the bag we have included: a natural wood pumpkin cut out; decorative ribbon and bits; fun Fall placemats for your table; a lovely pumpkin brulee candle. We invite you to decorate your pumpkin any way you see fit, adding your own flare. Then, please take a photo of your table decorations, placemats and pumpkins, and send it in to us. We will publish some of them in upcoming E-News editions. Please email Linda at: lypbnar@gmail.com, if you would like a porch drop!  Please let us know the following:          

Your name, address, number of place mats you need and if we should include kid’s crafts.


PROTOCOLS FOR REGATHERING AT FAIR HAVEN

Prepared by: Fair Haven Campus Staff & Regather Task Force of Chapelwood UMC

 

-PEOPLE WHO ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS 

While we will allow any who choose to attend meetings at Fair Haven, we must acknowledge the guidance of the CDC that certain people are at high-risk if they contract COVID-19 and should take extra precaution. Those 65-years and older, those who live in nursing homes/long term care facilities, those with underlying medical conditions including: 

  • Chronic lung disease or asthma 
  • Serious heart conditions 
  • Immunocompromised persons 
  • Severe obesity 
  • Diabetes 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Liver disease 

 -RESERVING YOUR ROOMS

Room availability and capacity are limited to the options below for smaller groups and classes. More spaces may become available and room capacity may increase as safety guidelines change. All rooms must be reserved in advance and protocols agreed upon.  Please contact Marilyn Simmons at: msimmons@chapelwood.org or call the church during weekly daytime office hours.  At this time, we are not allowing outside organizations to come back to campus.

  • Class Rooms - up to 10 people capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • Shed Youth Room - up to 10 people capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • Choir Room - up to 10 people capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • Trinity Center - up to 12 people capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • CLC Gym - up to 50% capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • Fellowship Hall - up to 50% capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 
  • Sanctuary - up to 50% capacity with 6 feet of distance between people 

*The Fellowship Hall, Choir room, and any room in the Day School building may not be booked during the Day Schools operating hours, Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is by city and state mandate. 

-INGRESS AND EGRESS 

Designated routes of ingress and egress from parking areas to and from meeting rooms will be communicated to attendees. For the first meeting of any group, a host will meet you at the designated door and escort you to the room. Exterior doors to the building, other than those designated for the meeting, will be locked. Elevator usage in the CLC is restricted to one person or family at a time once the CLC is open again.

-WEARING MASKS 

All persons are required to wear masks while in common areas on our campus (hallways, foyers, narthex, restrooms, etc.). Masks are to be worn correctly according to CDC standards: fully covering the top of the nose to the bottom of the chin and across the face from approximately 1 inch of each ear. Once seated in the meeting room with appropriate physical distance, groups of less than 20 will be allowed to remove their masks if they choose. When guests depart at the conclusion of the gathering, they will again be asked to wear masks. 

 

-ROOM SETUP 

The meeting room will be pre-set for the number of people on the reservation and the capacity of the room. Room arrangements may not be changed. Families living in the same household are allowed to sit together. Entrances and exits will be marked clearly in larger gathering spaces for optimization of traffic flow and to avoid bottlenecks that would not follow social distancing protocol. No beverages or food service will be provided by Fair Haven. People may bring their own individual beverages or food, but not to share at any time with anyone. There will be no paper bulletins of any kind or printed materials distributed. 

 

-HAND SANITIZING 

Guests are encouraged to use all hand sanitizing facilities available on Fair Haven's campus. Use of personal, individual hand sanitizers, like Purell, is also encouraged. 

-SYMPTOMATIC PERSONS AND HEALTH SELF-CHECK 

We ask everyone who plans to attend to engage in a health self-check before they arrive. We ask that you take your temperature in the morning. A fever is defined as "anything over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit." We also ask that people exhibiting any of the following COVID-19 symptoms not to attend the gathering out of consideration for the health of others. Symptoms include: 

  • Fever or Chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

 Our greatest concern is for the health and safety of any person attending a group meeting at Fair Haven campus. These Protocols are in place to ensure that if anyone comes on our campus with the virus, it is very unlikely the virus will spread. Your adherence to these protocols will help keep others safe. Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time. 

 We love you all and we know that God will make a way for us to connect in many ways this Fall!  Thank you for upholding your church in prayers, through fellowship relationships, giving of gifts, time and serving your covenant community at Fair Haven!

 Pastor Andy and the Fair Haven staff


Welcome to Fair Haven!

     If you’ve never visited Fair Haven United Methodist Church at 1330 Gessner Road, or it’s been two years or more since you’ve visited, major changes have occurred with Chapelwood UMC’s newest campus. The FHUMC staff is a combination of new and previous leadership; the music program as a whole has been revitalized with some of the most gifted ministers of music in Houston leading multiple worship services; and, the message delivery has evolved into sermons featuring as much teaching as preaching and include both biblical history and timely guidance for conquering the challenges we all face today. Many sermon themes are explored including getting back to the benefits of practicing a simpler lifestyle even in a world plagued by complexity and chaos.

     Each week we seek new and improved ways to integrate God into our daily lives; we seek to encourage and support our neighbors and community; and, we seek to grow into a deeper understanding of Jesus and how His presence in our lives can change everything. Our worship experience has something for all ages and is family oriented by design. 

     Come experience worship any Sunday, at any of our services, and see what the Lord is prepared to do (and has already done) for you through His love, His mercy and His grace.

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Serve

Serving others is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. If you want to find a way to make things better for the church, local area, or even global community, here's where to start.

Events

Events: These are the large, one-time occasions or opportunities happening at Fair Haven. Examples? The August 20 Kick-off with Rev. Andy Cunningham, special meetings, anything that's not a regular group meeting or an opportunity for service.

Studies and Groups

Groups and Studies: These are the groups that meet on a regular basis, including book studies, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Youth groups, etc. If you're looking for a group to join, here's where you start.

Serve

Serving others is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. If you want to find a way to make things better for the church, local area, or even global community, here's where to start.

Events

Events: These are the large, one-time occasions or opportunities happening at Fair Haven. Examples? The August 20 Kick-off with Rev. Andy Cunningham, special meetings, anything that's not a regular group meeting or an opportunity for service.

Studies and Groups

Groups and Studies: These are the groups that meet on a regular basis, including book studies, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Youth groups, etc. If you're looking for a group to join, here's where you start.