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Mission and Ministry
A churchgoer’s temperature is taken before she is allowed into the worship service at Charles Davies United Methodist Church in western Freetown, Sierra Leone, on July 19. Wearing masks and temperature checks are among the new guidelines for churches as the government lifted the ban on congregational worship. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Pastors ‘overjoyed’ as churches reopen in Sierra Leone

As masked churchgoers adapt to new rules for worship, rural communities struggle to rebound after months of lockdown.
Worship
Michael Vaughn, director of music ministry at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas, has directed and edited virtual choir videos, including with his church’s children’s choir. United Methodist music ministers are coming up with creative ways to keep music going and keep choir members engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Michael Vaughn.

Pandemic challenges music ministers, choirs

With singing identified as a spreader of COVID-19, there’s a scramble to keep church music going and choir members engaged.
Evangelism
The Rev. Rosemary Iseren, pastor of Dirakho United Methodist Church in Busia, Kenya, is preaching to her congregants in their homes and rural villages during the coronavirus pandemic. She dubbed the outreach “D2D,” and other pastors in the region have followed her lead. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Kenyan pastors take worship door to door

Rather than livestreaming services, rural church leaders are hitting the road to equip members with the tools they need to fellowship at home during the pandemic.