Liturgy for the Persecuted Church

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Social Concerns
The Rev. Sheila Peters from Braden Memorial United Methodist Church preaches March 7, 2020, at a joint Sunday service held at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Praying over attendees on the floor is the Rev. Paula B. Smith, pastor at Gordon Memorial. Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century works with predominately Black churches like Braden and Gordon on effective mission and ministry. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Fundraising, church assessments on tap for SBC21

The new top executive of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century has got big plans and wants to move quickly.
Congregations
Parishioners sit apart from one another during worship at Franklin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church. The church, which recently returned to in-person worship, has adopted safety protocols, including social distancing, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches begin returning to in-person worship

Progress made with virtual worship will remain a part of the church experience as some sanctuaries reopen for Sunday services.
Worship
Worshippers raise their arms in praise during the Galilean Beach Service, a ministry of Foley (Ala.) United Methodist Church at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Churches embrace outdoor worship during pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, churches have had to weigh whether to continue only worshipping online or to reopen buildings in limited capacities. Others have begun to move outside.