Restarting Live Services

Restarting Live Services on July 12

Don’t have time to watch the video?  Here are the highlights…

  • We will begin meeting on Sunday, July 12
  • While following Nashville’s reopening guidelines, the leadership at Midtown has voted on a plan for reopening
  • Offering eight (8) movement-wide services on Sundays as an option
  • Movement-wide services allow us to provide services for our campuses that are currently displaced
  • Services are limited to 50 people each and you must register to attend
  • Video service will be provided each week if you choose not to attend a service
  • Services are available for anyone 5th grade and above
  • We love our kids but to protect our kids and volunteers we cannot have Kidtown right now
  • If you are 65 or older or at high risk for contracting COVID-19, please continue to stay home and use the video service provided each week
  • Registration is now open for services on Sunday, July 12
  • Scroll down to get all the details

Locations & Times

Live services start on Sunday, July 12.

We will be offering 8 live services per week. Services will be happening at Granny White and 12 South each weekend.  All services are movement-wide so anyone can attend any service at any location.  Each service is limited to 50 people and you must register to attend.

For those who do not attend the live service or are in an at risk category, we will be providing a video service available on our website, podcast channels and YouTube channel.

Service times: 8:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 5pm at both locations – 12 South and Granny White

Registration

You can register now for live services on July 12. Registrations will open at 12pm every Monday.

Each service is limited to 50 people and you must register to attend.

You will receive a reminder email the day before your scheduled service that will contain everything you need to know about what time to arrive, where to park, how to check in and more.

Because of the limited number of seats in each service, if you register for a live service and are no longer able to attend, please email office@midtownfellowship.org to cancel or reschedule to another open service.

How to Register

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Go to List of Open Services or go to the Events tab in the Church Center app (Don’t have the app? Learn more about the Church Center app.)
  2. Find time you would like to attend and click on the image or title
  3. Sign in or create a Planning Center Account
  4. Follow the prompts during sign in or account creation
  5. Complete the registration form for yourself and/or your household (Remember only children going into 5th grade and older may attend live services.) Please only register people who are in your household.
  6. Check your email for a confirmation of your registration and more details about the service, what to expect and how to cancel if you’re not able to attend.

How To Register in a Web Browser

How To Register in the Church Center App

Don’t have the app? Learn how to download the app and register for a service.

Safety

While we understand there are risks to beginning live services again, we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus in our community. We are following guidelines from the CDC and every aspect of reopening has been intentionally designed to reduce touch points, to contain the flow of people inside the building and to maintain required social distancing of 6 feet. Please take these precautions seriously as a way of loving and serving our community.

  • If you are over 65 years of age or are at high risk for contracting COVID-19, we ask that you continue to stay home and use the video service that will be provided each Sunday.
  • Please practice self-screening prior to attending the service using the questions and list of symptoms below. Upon registration, you will be presented with symptom check questions and agree to do a self-screening.  You will also be asked these questions at check in.
    • Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 72 hours?
      • Fever of 100.4 or higher in preceding 48 hours
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of taste or smell
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Wearing a mask is required except for the brief time while taking communion.  Please bring one for yourself and your family members. We will have them at the door if you need them.
  • Please maintain social distance of 6 feet at all times, especially during check in and when exiting the building.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer if at all possible.
  • Chairs in the sanctuary will be placed 6 feet apart.  Please don’t move the chairs for any reason.  We know it’s weird to social distance from your family but please serve our community by maintaining social distance during the service.
  • Chairs, bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected before and after every service.
  • Access to the restrooms will be limited, so please go before you come.
  • Staff members will be wearing masks and gloves at all times.  Staff will also be screened and temperature checked before reporting for work.
  • Communion elements will be available in prepackaged units and available as you enter the Sanctuary. 

In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a Midtown service, please contact us so that we can notify the Midtown staff and attendees of the service that you attended.

If you attended a service at 12 South, please contact Matt Ockerman.

If you attended a service at Granny White, please contact John Rote.

What to Expect

  • You will be required to wear a mask in the service except for a brief time while taking communion.  Please plan to bring a mask with you.
  • Check in will happen at every service so please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the published service time.
  • You will be asked a series of health questions during check in.
  • We will be adhering to strict social distancing rules before, during and after each service.
  • Buildings will be cleaned between each live service.
  • Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves at all times.
  • Services will begin promptly at the published service time.
  • You can expect the worship service to last 60-75 minutes.  Each service will contain a call to worship, singing, teaching of the Word, communion, prayer and a benediction.  
  • Communion will be served using prepackaged elements.

Groups

This summer, we are inviting groups to continue to connect, in-person (in accordance with the mayor’s guidance) as your group is comfortable or via virtual platforms. If you are in a group, contact your group leader for more details.

If you’re not in a group, we’d love for you to join one. Choose your congregation below and find an open group with other members of your congregation.

Join a 12 South Group

Join a Crieve Hall Group

Join an East Nashville Group

Join a Granny White Group

Kidtown

We love your children and want to continue to minister to them this summer. Because of the difficulty of regulating social distancing among children, we WILL NOT be offering Kidtown at any service. Each congregation is offering virtual Kidtown using video lessons, Zoom calls and more.  Please contact your congregation’s Kidtown Director for more details on how to get your kids involved in Kidtown.

12 South – Shelly Walker

Crieve Hall – Jen Jackson

East Nashville – April Davies

Granny White – Jasmine Davis

 

Because of the limited amount of seats available at each live service, please DO NOT bring a child below 5th grade to the service. Only children going into 5th grade and older may sit in the service.  Young children may not sit on your lap or be in a stroller or car seat. We understand this will be a challenge for many families. We suggest that parents attend live services separately.

Youth

We deeply value the students of Midtown and desire to minister to them in engaging and creative ways during this season. With uncertainty over the timing of when we will be meeting in person again and the challenges of social distancing that come with that, we believe that gathering virtually is the best option for Sunday night Youth Group this summer. We are excited to offer weekly Summer Zoom Nights for both middle and high school students to connect, worship, and explore God’s Word together. 

 

Youth Summer Zoom Nights: 

July 12, 19, 26

August 2

 

We also value providing your students with consistency this summer, so we WILL be offering a Middle School Summer Experience (July 14-17) in the place of Camp Nash, our annual service week. The event will not look the same, but we are hopeful about capturing the spirit of summer camp for your students in this unprecedented season. Stay tuned for more details and signup information to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Any Questions? 

Please reach out to Shelby Walker (Youth Director/Middle School Ministry Coordinator) or Taylor Kelly (High School Ministry Coordinator) with any questions about our summer program. If you would like to learn more about Midtown’s Youth ministry and/or sign up for our monthly Youth Update, please click HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend a live service?

All adults and children going into 5th grade and older may register for and attend a live service.  If you are over 65 years of age or are at high risk for contracting COVID-19, we ask that you stay home and use the video service that will be provided each Sunday.

What if I registered myself and/or my family and I can no longer attend that live service?

Because of the limited number of seats in each service, it’s important to let us know that you or your family are unable to attend the live service. To cancel or reschedule to another open service, please email office@midtownfellowship.org.

Can I register my friends for a service?

Registration is done by household so please only register those people who are in your household.  This will help us with social distanced seating in the Sanctuary.

May I bring a child with me to the live services?

Because of the limited amount of seats available at each live service, please DO NOT bring a child below 5th grade to the service. Only children going into 5th grade and older that have been registered may sit in the service.  Young children may not sit on your lap or be in a stroller or car seat. We understand this will be a challenge for many families. We suggest that parents attend live services separately.

What if the service that I want to attend is already full?

Registrations are done on a first come, first served basis. There will be a waitlist for each service if needed. Midtown staff is not able to register you for a live service. If the service you want is full, you will need to choose another service.  Please remember that we are asking you to flex with us as we seek to provide space for each Midtowner who desires to attend a live service.

What is happening for my children this summer?

Each congregation is offering virtual Kidtown.  Please contact your congregation’s Kidtown Director for more details.

12 South – Shelly Walker

Crieve Hall – Jen Jackson

East Nashville – April Davies

Granny White – Jasmine Davis

What do I need to do prior to arriving at a service?

Please complete a self-screening using these 2 questions. Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 72 hours?

    • Fever of 100.4 or higher in preceding 48 hours
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 

During your self-screening if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please stay home and do not attend the service. We are trusting that each person in our community will care for others by self-screening and truthfully answering the questions.

What time should I arrive for the live service?

Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the live service.  Each live service will begin promptly at the scheduled start time. Once you arrive at the location, please proceed to the check in station.

What will I be asked or required to do when I arrive at the service?

Ensure you are wearing a mask and go to the check in area. When you check in, you will need to be able answer “no” to the following questions. During your self-screening if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please stay home and do not attend the service.

  • Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 72 hours?
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher in preceding 48 hours
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 

We are trusting that each person in our community will care for others by self-screening and truthfully answering the questions.

Where do I park and enter the building?

Granny White

Our Granny White campus is located at 3410 Granny White. Please park in the lot on Granny White and go to the check in area at the large doors under the stained glass.

 

12 South

Our 12 South campus is located at 2415 12th Ave S. Please park in the church lot or on the streets surrounding the church and go to the check in area at the red doors on 12th Ave S.

Will there be coffee available at the live services?

No. Because we want to make the services as safe as possible and limit contact between people and with surfaces, we will not be serving coffee at the services. 

Will I be able to use the restroom before, during or after the service?

Access to the restrooms will be limited, so please go before you come.

Will there be congregational singing during the service?

Yes! We believe in the power of singing as a way to remind ourselves and others what is true.  We will wear masks during worship as a precaution and we know that will be weird.  Nevertheless, we believe the Lord will meet us when we embrace the awkwardness of singing in masks.

What safety measures are you using to clean the building and limit contact before, during and after the services?

Before

We are following CDC guidelines for cleaning the buildings. Each building will be cleaned before each service.  The cleaning will include chairs, bathrooms and all frequently touched surfaces. Check in will be no contact and will be done while maintaining proper social distancing.  We will provide visual cues as to how to enter the building and move to your seat.  Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times.

 

During

Each service is limited to 50 people.  Chairs will be placed 6 feet apart to ensure we maintain proper social distance. Please do not move the chairs.  We will not have a greeting time during the service and will not be serving coffee.  When we serve communion, we will be using prepackaged elements that you will pick up on your way into the service. Masks are required at all times during the service except for the brief time while taking communion. 

 

After

We will be asking those who attend the live service to exit through one exit and not to congregate inside the building. Once everyone has exited the building, we will clean for the following service.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 after attending a service?

Please contact us so that we can notify our staff and other attendees of the service that you attended.

If you attended a service at 12 South, please contact Matt Ockerman.

If you attended a service at Granny White, please contact John Rote.

More Questions?

If you didn’t find the answer to your question, please email the Midtown Office and we will do our best to answer your question.

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Our Groups are encouraged to continue meeting informally over the summer either in person or online. If you’re not in a group, we’d love for you to join one. Choose your congregation below and find an open group with other members of your congregation.

Join a 12 South Group

Join a Crieve Hall Group

Join an East Nashville Group

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Who is Midtown Fellowship?

It’s simple. We want to be a movement that actually witnesses people being transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. We believe that we are called to carry out that mission by planting many different congregations throughout the city of Nashville and beyond.

Midtown Fellowship is one church that is made up of multiple congregations.  Right now, we have four congregations in unique parts of the city – 12 South, Crieve Hall, East Nashville and Granny White. Each of these congregations has its own dedicated staff, but all of our staff works together toward a single vision.  Our hope is that each campus would serve to create an intimate venue for people to hear the gospel, build Christ-centered community and grow in maturity.