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Back to in-person worship and online worship this Sunday!

We invite you to join us for worship together, with two services:  7:55 and 10:15.

On June 9, 2020, the Beach Lake United Methodist Church Council adopted a "Return to Worship Policy" to be utilized while Wayne County is in the Green Phase.  We will begin in-person worship using these guidelines.  

Please click here and read the policy carefully.

The 7:55 service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and will be available for viewing after 10:00 am.

Click here for bulletin.

To view worship services at a later time, click here.

Sunday Drive-in Vespers will continue Sunday evenings at 7pm for the summer. Please join us for a brief evening vespers service Sundays at 7 p.m. in the church parking lot.  We will have a time of praise, prayer, and singing together (in our vehicles).  Please keep at least six feet between your vehicle and the next one over. 

    Due to being locked out of our Facebook Page, our temporary Facebook Page is Beach Lake UMC Fellowship Page.  We will update you by email, on our website and Facebook Page as soon as new information becomes available.

Update From the Return-To-Worship Committee

The Back-to-Worship Committee reconvened after Governor Wolf's change to indoor gathering guidelines.  We also considered Bishop Park's letter reminding churches that although religious organizations are exempt from these guidelines, we, as Christians, are to set an example of care and concern in our communities.  Our worship service attendance has been just under the twenty-five-attendee mark, and at this time, we will not be changing our guidelines.  However, we ask all members to please carefully follow the guidelines established for everyone's well being; a copy is available for your review.
On Sunday morning, please allow the ushers to seat you on the side assigned to your service, and follow their instructions for dismissal from the sanctuary.  It is important that only one side is used for each service to assure that your pew has remained unoccupied since cleaning.  Our custodian has taken great care in cleaning the sanctuary and church building following CDC guidelines.  We ask that you do not wipe down the pews with your own wipes, as chemicals in the wipes may damage the wood.  In showing our care and concern for our congregation and community, social distancing and the wearing of masks will continue. Please do not attend in-person worship if any of the following apply to you:   If you are waiting for a result of a COVID test, have been around anyone who may have COVID, have travelled to a restricted state requiring quarantine within the last two weeks, or feel unwell.  Although we have not had many cases of COVID in our county, the threat is very real.

Please know that this committee takes their task very seriously and will reconvene should the situation in our county or state change again.  Online worship remains available every Sunday, and drive-in vespers on Sunday evening will continue throughout August.  Please be well.  We care about you!

In His Service,
The Return-to-Worship Committee
Please click here and read the policy carefully. 

 Upper Room issue available for FREE Download

Since churches are unable to meet and gather safely in their buildings during the coronavirus pandemic, The Upper Room is offering the May/June 2020 issue, both in English and Spanish, as a free, downloadable PDF. The Upper Room has created short prayer resources to address specific needs. We are making Prayers For Hope, Prayers for Courage, Prayers for Illness, and Prayers for Comfort available at no cost for download.   Download issue & Prayer booklets

The Upper Room also has created a web page featuring resources to help create and maintain spiritual wellness during anxious times.  View resources

The Wednesday night Prayer Meeting at 5:30 PM is going high tech!  

Please join us to continue the prayer meeting via phone.  The number is a long-distance toll call - so if you don't have a toll-free phone plan, it will hit your phone bill as a toll call for 30 minutes if you join us.
The phone number to call in on is:  978-990-5111.
You will be asked to enter an access code and #.  The access code is :  2814450.
We will be following the same format as our in-person prayer meetings.
The leader will read scripture and lead a short discussion on it.  Then we will spend 10-15 minutes in private intercession, closing with us saying the Lord's Prayer and the group prayers:  The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, the Serenity Prayer, the Wesley Covenant - Traditional Version, and the Unite 714 COVID 19 Prayer

The Church Office hours have returned to 
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


The Playground is now open to the public!  

Thank you everyone who has had a hand in the playground rebuild!  We rejoice in your generosity to the children, youth, and families who used the playground over the last thirty-plus years.  

  When the green phase has ended, we will have a dedication to which all will be invited.  We will get a date out to the community as soon as we know anything!  Thank you again!

  • Please be aware someone has created a fake account with Bishop Park's name.  They are soliciting gift cards.  This is NOT the conference or Bishop Park, but a scam.  Click here for tips on recognizing Social Engineering Red Flags.
  • Click here to read a message from Pastor Jim.
  • Please read this important letter from the BLUMC Finance Team.
  • Updated message from the Camp & Retreat Ministry of the Susquehanna Conference, as of May 19, 2019.

  • Please visit our Facebook Page for daily messages and updates.

New Opportunities for Reaching Out

With this time of social distancing, we have the opportunity to reach out in new ways.   

Connect with us in the following ways:

·  church website (

·  Beach Lake United Methodist Church Facebook

·  Instagram (beachlakeumc)

·  YouTube (Beach Lake UMC)

Even when we can worship together again, we will continue providing worship services on these platforms so we remain connected as a Christian family in Jesus Christ.

How can you help?

Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund

In an increased effort to help those less fortunate, several entities in Wayne County have collaborated to create the "Wayne County Emergency Food Relief Fund", which is a central entity that will coordinate efforts to collect donations to address the food insecurity crisis that is ever-evolving in our community.  Working with the Wayne County Pantry Program, families will be provided a box of food/groceries so they can prepare healthy dinners on a weekly basis.  

Here is an opportunity for all of us to make a difference!
Please consider visiting the link below and do your part to help others in our wonderful community!

or....send a check to:
Wayne Emergency Fund 
c/o The Wayne County Community Foundation
214 Ninth Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

All donations are tax deductible as WCCF is a registered 501C3

PLEASE SHARE the link with friends and family.


During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, our community has demonstrated, yet again, how willing people are to help others. Click here for a list of all the food assistance programs that we are aware of, and we will continue to update this list as we learn of other offerings.
For those without internet access, call the Resource Line:

Click here for Information for PA workers impacted by COVID-19.

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected bythe COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here for guide.

Community Wellness



COVID-19 : Behavioral Health Resources

The NCTSN and our partners are continuing to create resources to address the behavioral health needs of children, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19. Click here to review the latest.

PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs

Help for individuals with a substance abuse disorder or in recovery.

Click here for link.

Wayne County Drug & Alcohol Commission

These are challenging times, especially for those struggling with addiction.  
We want you all to know that our office and all our staff remain committed to providing prevention services, supporting recovery and helping Wayne County residents access treatment as we always have. 
We are using telehealth and telephone to serve those in need during this time. If you need additional recovery support or need help to get into treatment (including MAT) and begin your recovery journey, please call us at (570) 253-6022.  
Remember all of our help is free and confidential and we have access to a large treatment network and will help you get the funding you need to pay for your treatment.  
Don’t give in, get Help

Social distancing is very important right now, however, it can also be extremely isolating. Although most recovery meetings are not available in person right now, they are accessible online! Here are some resources that many are using right now to access vital recovery support:

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