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Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Paul Escamilla takes to the pulpit at Lauren Heights United Methodist Church, in San Antonio, on June 14. The church reopened for in-person worship that Sunday but closed again the following Sunday and has remained closed because of high COVID-19 case numbers locally. Photo by David Smith, courtesy of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.

Virus spikes close doors again at some churches

Decision to reopen for in-person worship is being reversed in areas with sharply rising COVID-19 numbers.
Local Church
Worship in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas, resumes, albeit with seating restrictions and other safety measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The church’s June 14 in-person services were its first since March 8. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Back in church: ‘Like Easter and Christmas’

Restrictions are many, and the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat, but more United Methodist churches are resuming in-person worship.
Mission and Ministry
Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., is one of many United Methodist churches across the U.S. choosing not to have on-site worship until the coronavirus threat subsides. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.
General Church
Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone addresses a meeting of the Africa College of Bishops in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops said the church would continue in Africa after General Conference 2020. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

African bishops oppose separation plans

In a statement at the close of the Africa College of Bishops retreat, the bishops said the church would continue in Africa after GC2020.

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