Annual Conferences

Local Church
Volunteer Alli Carter (left) and Alan Becker (center) of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City load fresh produce into a refrigerated trailer as part of the church’s food outreach program that helps provide free meals to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ed Doney, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Tackling food insecurity caused by pandemic

Food-related ministries are a mainstay for United Methodists. Now churches are ramping up efforts in response to COVID-19.
Annual Conferences

2020 annual conference meeting list

United Methodist Communications has compiled a list of 2020 annual conference postponements and plans. The list is incomplete and additions will be made as further details are finalized.
Annual Conferences
United Methodists have always been creative when it comes to meetings but how annual conferences conduct their yearly sessions in 2020 may prove particularly challenging. Photos clockwise starting top left: Kansas East now Great Plains Conference 2013, Britt Bradley; Louisiana Conference 2015, Betty Backstrom; Nebraska now Great Plains Conference 2015; Kenya-Ethiopia Conference 2019, Gad Maiga; Western Pennsylvania Conference 2013; Greater New Jersey special conference 2019, courtesy Corbin Payne; Virginia Annual Conference 2015, Fran Walsh; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Plans vary to get annual conference business done

Some annual conferences are going virtual. Others are determined to meet in person, and some are doing a bit of both.
Local Church
Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va. This year, United Methodist churches are having to show extra creativity in observing Easter and all of Holy Week because of closed buildings and other restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches improvise as different Holy Week looms

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, United Methodists will gather online for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, keeping the faith in ways old and new.

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