Congregations

Local Church
The Rev. Lea Matthews (left), associate pastor of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church in New York City, offered a “Message for All Ages” about worry in a recent YouTube video, along with her daughter Nora. Churches are using creative ways to connect with and reassure children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video image courtesy of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis

Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them cope.
Local Church
North Rose United Methodist Church, in North Rose, N.Y., is using social media for worship and for small group meetings during the coronavirus threat. Photo courtesy of North Rose United Methodist Church.

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges

Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.
Global Health
The Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., meets online Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Image courtesy of Susan Hay.

Churches overcome social distancing to continue outreach

The continuing spread of COVID-19 is challenging pastors to consider how to do outreach when personal contact is temporarily difficult.
Mission and Ministry
Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., is one of many United Methodist churches across the U.S. choosing not to have on-site worship until the coronavirus threat subsides. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.

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