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Global Health
Wyatt Clarke, 15, plays bagpipes outside the house of a neighbor in Marysville, Michigan. The teen has been playing bagpipes to provide entertainment and solace to residents self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Marysville United Methodist Church.

Helping out creatively during the pandemic

United Methodists are finding unusual ways to serve while waiting out the coronavirus.
Evangelism
The Rev. Kellie Sanford (right) practices social distancing while visiting with a resident of the CC Young Senior Living community in Dallas. Sanford, a licensed local pastor in The United Methodist Church, serves as chaplain for the facility. Photo by Jennifer Griffin.

Chaplains comfort and share grief during COVID-19

As infections and deaths from the coronavirus mount, chaplains are challenged to do their jobs in a world where physical contact is forbidden.
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.