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Elizabeth Knotts collects the offering at New Hope Valley United Methodist Church in Valley Furnace, W.Va., in 2015. Churches are dealing with tight finances in this time of suspended worship and shuttered businesses because of COVID-19. Still, giving continues. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Pandemic presents challenge to church giving

Churches still must collect an offering even when social distancing means they can’t pass the plate. But church leaders also want to be sensitive to the faithful’s own economic needs.
Local Church
The Rev. Lea Matthews (left), associate pastor of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church in New York City, offered a “Message for All Ages” about worry in a recent YouTube video, along with her daughter Nora. Churches are using creative ways to connect with and reassure children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video image courtesy of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis

Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them cope.
Mission and Ministry
Young people fill the fellowship hall of ChristWay United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. At one time the church was concerned with insufficient financial resources. Now they don’t have enough Sunday school rooms and parking spaces for their growing congregation. Photo by Thomas Kim, UM News.

Refugee church helps other refugees worship

A Milwaukee church started by Hmong refugees from Laos welcomes a congregation of Congolese refugees.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Jessica Rooks, pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Co., speaks during a candlelight vigil following the school shooting on May 7. Photo by Ken Fong, St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

United Methodist churches offer aid after shootings

Two United Methodist churches located close to the STEM School Highlands Ranch opened their doors to grieving community.

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