Join us in our Sanctuary for Worship

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

(No Sunday School at this time)




Read how to prepare for worship below.

Welcome to Otterbein United Methodist Church

549 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25404


Rev. Dr. Patricia Sebring, Pastor


“For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.


2 Chronicles 30:9

I, and the Church Council, want to see you return to the house of the Lord.  We have done everything we can to keep the church as a safe space, so we will continue to wear masks, and social distance as we hope that you will come back for worship and Sunday School (adults at this time because we do not have an environment to offer children Sunday School safely in keeping with the pandemic protocols).  While I trust that we have remained faithful to God throughout this time, we are all hopeful that we can see one another again at the church.  If you’ve ventured to the grocery or drug store, a doctor’s office or restaurant, or a gas station or convenience store, our church is probably much safer than those venues because as members together in the body of Christ we are all working together to keep one another safe by wearing masks and hand sanitizing and being vigilant about social distancing and cleaning for the sake of one another whom we love as Christian brothers and sisters.  We cannot sterilize the building, but we can all be a part of minimizing risks. 

During this Pandemic rest assured that our Communion is being done very differently.  We are using factory pre-packaged elements that we will send home with you in a plastic bag so that in your own home where you can wash your hands and safely remove your mask so you can enjoy the bread and juice and then dispose of the cup. 

Serving Christ together with you,

Pastor Patricia


YouTube Video


                     May Worship Schedule



May 2
11:00 a.m.


Fifth Sunday of Easter

·         Scripture:  John 15:1-8

·         De - Vine

May 9
7:00 p.m.


Sixth Sunday of Easter—Festival of the Christian Home

·         Scripture:1 John 5:1-6

·         Sermon:  Children of God

May 16
11:00 a.m.


Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Sunday

·         Scripture:  Luke 24:44-53

·         Sermon:  Upwardly Mobile

May 23

11:00 a.m.

Pentecost Sunday

·         Scripture:  Acts 2:1-21

·         Sermon: From Many, One

May 30
11:00 a.m.

Trinity Sunday/Peace with Justice Sunday

·          Scripture:  Roman 8:12-17

·         Sermon – Three in One and One in Three

For a Reason ~ For a Season

Otterbein United Methodist Church Policies and Procedures for Pandemic

Purpose:   To keep everyone as safe as possible in the midst of a highly contagious virus
and to ensure compliance with all applicable governmental and BWCUMC guidelines.

Safer at Home:

·         Stay home if you feel ill or have any symptoms of disease (cough, fever, etc.)

·         Those over 65 years of age and those with any pre-existing medical conditions that compromise their immunity are advised to not come to the church
 but to worship from home until the pandemic ends. 

·         Worship virtually from home at 11:00 a.m.

o   Facebook:  Facebook Live at

o   Internet:  For those with internet but not on Facebook go to and enter
Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 and when prompted Password: 310715

o   Phone:  For those without internet you can call in from your telephone by dialing
1-301-715-8592 and entering Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 followed by Password: 310715

o   Recorded services are available after Sunday on our YouTube channel: OUMCMARTINSBURG

Coming for Worship:

·         Come straight from home to church without stopping at other establishments to reduce possibility of bringing virus into church property.

·         Minimize the items you bring with you into church building (suggest that you do not bring printed material, no food or beverages, 
and ladies may wish to use a small washable handbag or bag that can be disinfected).

Arriving at Church:

·         Follow the direction of the safety team who will direct you to an available space. 

·         Park with a space between your vehicle and other vehicles to maintain social distance when exiting and entering your vehicle.

·         Put on face covering before you exit your vehicle. 

·         If you choose to wear gloves put them on before you leave your vehicle.  (Sanitizer is available inside the church for those not wearing gloves.)

·         Always maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.

Entering the Church:

·         Enter only through the portico entrance at the rear of the church.

·         Always maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet

·         Face coverings are required.  If you are not wearing a face covering you will receive one from the safety team before you enter the building.

·         Wear face coverings over nose and mouth at all times while on church property including parking lot, hallways, common areas (Assembly Room, Sanctuary, Classrooms, Restrooms, etc.) and office spaces.

·         Hand sanitizing is required immediately upon entry into the building and hand washing or sanitizing after using restroom facilities or touching any common-use surfaces (door handles, handrails, light switches, etc.)

·         Check-in with our safety team who will ensure we have your name and phone number for contact tracing (this information will be used in the event you contract COVID 19 to contact all who had contact with you and will be used if anyone in worship contracts COVID 19 to let you know you’ve been exposed).


·      Limited to one person at a time to maintain appropriate distance.  (Young children may be accompanied by parent or guardian.)

·      Hand washing for minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water following use of the facilities.

·      Use a clean paper towel to open door upon exiting.

In the Sanctuary

·         Maintain social distance of six feet. 

·         You will be guided to your seat by a member of the safety team.

·         People living in the same house may sit together without six feet of separation between household members.

·         No seating in the balcony.

·         No printed materials in the sanctuary.

·         No singing or unison speaking during the pandemic to reduce the amount of exhaled aerosol that could contain virus.

·         Remain seated until dismissal by rows to avoid congestion in hallways. 

·         Offering received upon exit from the sanctuary in designated box

Exiting the Church:

·         Altar Guild will remove flowers before congregation exits and take them outside for pick-up by donors.

·         Follow the direction of the safety team to the exit.

·         Maintain safe social distance of six feet between yourself and others.

·         Exit immediately upon conclusion of the service.

·         Exit only through the portico entrance at the rear of the church.

·         Wear face covering (and disposable gloves if you choose to wear them) until you are in your vehicle and dispose of these in a proper waste receptacle at home.

·         Exit the parking lot promptly to clear the way for others to safely get to their vehicles.


Discontinued until further notice are the following:

·         No Bulletins

·         No Greeters at Sanctuary entrance

·         No Lay Readers

·         No Coffee Hour:  No food or beverage in the building

·         No Sunday School for children, youth, and adults.

·         No Nursery or Children’s Church

·         No Renting to outside groups

·         No Card ministry table

·         No Prayer Request Sheet (Contact pastor by phone, text, or e-mail with requests)

·         No Registration Pads or Connection Cards

Remember It Is All
For a Reason ~ For a Season

Please be advised that as the ongoing pandemic situation changes, this information will be reviewed and updated to correspond with the current level of risk and governmental/BWCUMC guidelines and requirements


Five Ways to Worship

Worship in the sanctuary or worship virtually from home at 11:00 a.m.

Our virtual services have been greatly upgraded. 
Please try one or more of these methods to worship.

o  In person in the sanctuary following the guidelines outlined in the For a Reason-For A Season in this newsletter

o  Facebook:  Facebook Live at

o  Internet:  For those with internet but not on Facebook go to and enter
Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 and when prompted Password: 310715

o  Phone:  For those without internet you can call in from your telephone by dialing
1-301-715-8592 and entering Meeting ID: 886 6337 0629 followed by Password: 310715

o  YouTube:  Recorded services are available after Sunday on our YouTube channel oumcmartinsburg

Past Recorded services are available on our website.


Give to Glorify God!!! 

Options for Supporting Your Church with Your Gifts

Our finances depend upon your continued support throughout this time. These are some options to get your financial gifts to your church.

  • · Mail your check(s) in an envelope to Otterbein UMC, P.O. Box 2378, Martinsburg, WV 25402
  • · Click and give by making a donation through the church website at on
      the home page click the donate button to give through either PayPal or by debit or credit card 
  • · Online banking by submitting an electronic payment through your bank online bill-pay
  • · Auto pay Please consider making your online/electronic contribution a recurring monthly gift

If you've been using PayPal, you may continue with that if you like.


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ut the Women's Ministry tab for the 2020 schedule.



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