Reconnecting the Philippines: Tracking the progress

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Sarai Moreno, a rising seventh grader, does homework on a computer at Robbinsville United Methodist Church in North Carolina. The church has worked to provide access to remote learning in a rural county where more than half of households have no internet. Women in the church created the needlepoint Last Supper at right. Photo by the Rev. Eric Reece.

Churches step up to help salvage school year

United Methodist congregations use creativity and faith to help students, parents and teachers when there are no clear solutions to the dangers of COVID-19.
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Molly Fiore, pastor of United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley in Eagle, Colo., checks controls on an audio board near the pulpit of the church. With churches closed due to the coronavirus, information technology workers and pastors alike had to up their technology game to connect with congregations. Photo by Matt Miller, courtesy of United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley.

IT heroes kept church going during COVID-19

When in-person worship services stopped because of the coronavirus, the swift efforts of information technology church workers allowed many churches to meet online.
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With church buildings closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, pastors and congregations are getting creative with online worship and even Holy Communion. Computer image by Pexels, courtesy of Pixabay; communion elements photo by Mike DuBose, UM News; illustration by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Both green light, red light for online communion

COVID-19-related meeting restrictions have prompted debate about and experimentation with online communion in The United Methodist Church. Bishops have offered varying instructions.