First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley

Worship service 9:30  63 South Main Street, Newark Valley, NY 13811  Church School 10:45 



 
  
  




 

BREAKING NEWS!! WE WILL BE GATHERING SUNDAY JULY 26th!!

Greetings NV Family!

I pray you are all safe and healthy as we continue through this unusual time.


Re- gathering has begun and it is great to be back in the same building once again. Although last week’s service was supposed to be the last until August, we have had another team volunteer to sanitize so now we are covered for each week and can gather without interruption!! Thank you to all who have taken on this responsibility and allowed us to gather each week.

Also a great THANK YOU to the Praise Team, Jewel and the tech crew that is working so hard to make everything works smoothly and worship a joyous occasion.

Last week’s Live stream had a bit of a problem. We apologize for the awful sound issue but it has now been corrected and should not happen again.

For the foreseeable future going forward we must continue as we have. All current rules apply for attendance and the live stream will continue for those who still feel unready to return. We are still awaiting arrival of the better system but in the mean time we will use what we have. It won’t be the best but it will allow us to keep the services going out as they have been. Again a BIG THANK YOU to all who gave to make this a reality.

Remember! Even though we said we could not gather the last week in July, the situation has changed and we WILL gather as usual. Service starts at 9:15 am and will be broadcast live at: http://live.nvmethodist.com Watch the church website: nvmethodist.com or the church facebook page: facebook.com/nvfirstumc for links to the weekly bulletin.

Also continue to share your Joys and Prayer requests to our special email account for that purpose. Send your JOYS!! We love joys and Prayer Requests to: nvumcprayer@yahoo.com. Please send by 9 am Sunday morning so we can list them for worship time.


For those who do choose to gather with us the following regulations are required by the state, the county and the conference.

  1. One way traffic – Enter through the Education Building (front or back) follow the traffic arrows and Exit will be through the north side (big red) doors. The only exception will be for those who need the handicapped ramps to exit.

  2. Hand Sanitizer – there will be stations around with hand sanitizer.

  3. Masks MUST be worn on entry and exit. Once everyone is seated they may be removed.. If you have your own you may bring it or one will be provided upon entrance.

  4. Social Distancing – 6 feet is required but for singing it is 12 feet. It’s all about air flow. The sanctuary will be marked off for spacing. Family units may sit together but each group must be spaced and individuals must be protected.

  5. Holy Communion - on the weeks we have communion, the elements will be given as you enter from a single person wearing gloves and each person takes a self-contained communion set to use at the appropriate time.

  6. Offering – though we will recognize this act of worship, no plates will be passed. They will be place at the exits to the sanctuary and your tithes and gifts can be placed in them upon entrance or exit.

  7. Limits on numbers – we are limited to 25% of room capacity. However we believe that given the capacity of the sanctuary and Jr. Room we can handle our average attendance without worry. If we have record attendance then we may rethink this as needed.

  8. Children’s Church – for the moment there will be no Children’s Church. We will re address this as we move forward and see how things progress.

  9. Attendance - Attendance will be taken upon entry as there is a requirement to know who is in the building at any given time in case someone is found to be exposed

  10. Joys, Prayer Requests, Announcements – If you have announcements you need made, Joys to proclaim (birthdays/ anniversaries) or prayer requests they can be sent to: nvumcprayer@yahoo.com OR given to the greeter upon entry to be passed along at the appropriate time in the service

  11. Meet and Greet – NO handshakes or hugs. A humble bow of greeting is much better. Gathering for chat and such should be done OUTSIDE in open air after worship. Coffee/water – desert for a dollar will not be available.

  12. Hymnals, Bibles and Bulletins – have been removed from the sanctuary. All scriptures and songs will be on the screens. We know this will be tougher for those who need notated music but for now it imperative that nothing be “shared” and it would be impossible to sterilize all hymnals, Bibles and such effectively. You may bring your own but DO NOT share it with anyone.

It seems like a lot. There were only 10 Commandments after all but even those were boiled down to two by Jesus and they apply here as well. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. If we think of the safety of others above our own discomfort these 12 requirements are small indeed.

The health and safety of our NV family is foremost in our minds and we will endeavor to implement strategies with that in mind.

The health and safety of our NV family is foremost in our minds and we will endeavor to implement stages and guidelines with that in mind.

For those who are not yet comfortable with re-gathering we will continue worship as usual on Live Stream beginning each Sunday at 9:15 am. The live stream can be found at: http://live.nvmethodist.com Watch the church website: nvmethodist.com or the church facebook page: facebook.com/nvfirstumc for links to the weekly bulletin. The weekly bulletin can be found at Sunday Bulletins.

Also continue to share your Joys and Prayer requests to our special email account for that purpose. Send your JOYS!! We love joys and Prayer Requests to: nvumcprayer@yahoo.com. Please send by 9 am Sunday morning so we can list them for worship time. If we don’t have your email address please send it to newarkvalley1stumc@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the email list.

Also I will continue the daily Live Stream Praise and Prayer time Monday – Friday at 2 pm on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tim.middleton.9210 Join us for old time Singspiration style music and prayer!

I miss you all and cannot wait until we gather together again. I pray for you each daily. Stay well. Stay safe and we will get through this together!

In Christ,

Pastor Tim




Project Neighbor Food Pantry

Due to the Covid 19 Virus there are families in Newark Valley experiencing food shortage so the pantry will be open regular hours of 3 to 4 on Tuesday & Thursday. If you are not able to come during those hours, please call 642-3339 and someone will meet you at the pantry at the time you request. We are here for you so don't hesitate to call. Open to all residents of the 13811 zip code. Thank you!


Welcome to the web site of the First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley. Our church is in the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.

We would be happy to have you worship with us during our regular worship services. We hope this site will help you become familiar with our church and that you will join us for worship.

We hope you are able to find the information that you need on our site. If you have suggestions for the web site, please share them with us.

Please note that the church has a new e-mail address: newarkvalley1stumc@gmail.com

Offering envelopes are available for those who want them. If you do not have an assigned number and need a set of envelopes, please see Lee Rogers or call the church office at 607.642.8811 or send an e-mail to Lee.