A conversation with the worship team

Listen to the leaders of the team who will lead worship at the special General Conference in St. Louis explain their approach to helping create a sacred experience while delegates seek to see a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, conducts the interviews.

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The Rev. Noel Alfonso honors fathers during a Father’s Day service June 21 at Munoz United Methodist Church in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Churches in North and South Cotabato in Mindanao and Nueva Ecija in Luzon were among those allowed to reopen under modified guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Noel Alfonso.

Churches adapt to ‘new normal’ in Philippines

United Methodists set up hand-washing stations, checked temperatures and required masks as churches welcomed back members after months of quarantine.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop John Wesley Yohanna addresses the media during the commissioning of a borehole-drilling machine at The United Methodist Church’s headquarters in Jalingo, Nigeria. The rig will provide access to clean water in rural villages. Photo by the Rev. Ande Emmanuel, UM News.

New drilling machine boosts clean water efforts

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria’s purchase of a new borehole-drilling rig offers the hope of clean water for more people in rural villages.
Local Church
While many United Methodist churches have seen giving drop since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended in-person worship, they also report resilience in the crisis. Some churches even report an increase in giving to go along alongside an increase in attendance through online worship. Photos: church by Steven Kyle Adair, clouds by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications; coins by Kevin Schneider, Pixabay; illustration by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Local churches show resilience in crisis

Three months into pandemic-related restrictions, many U.S. United Methodist churches are more optimistic about their finances and see hope for the “new normal.”