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Mission and Ministry
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.
Mission and Ministry
Church leaders say some of the responses to the coronavirus pandemic might help point the way to the future. Virus illustration courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 could push the church toward change

Church leaders guiding their flocks through the coronavirus pandemic say some of the responses to the emergency might help point the way to the future.
Evangelism
Lydie Acquah (front) joins in singing during the 10th anniversary celebration for the Voice of Hope (La Voix de l’Espérance), the radio station of The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire, at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Abidjan. Acquah is the station’s director. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Voice of Hope radio extends reach in Côte d’Ivoire

Bishop Boni announced the news of a new frequency in Abengourou during a celebration of the radio station’s 10th anniversary.
Local Church
The Rev. Eric Folkerth, senior pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas is recorded with a cell phone during a service March 15. The church is livestreaming their services on Facebook due to the coronavirus or COVID0-19. Photo by Brett Shipp, courtesy of Kessler Park United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How can we livestream worship legally?

Copyrighted materials cannot be livestreamed legally without written permission from a copyright holder or a streaming license covering that content. A streaming license is not part of a standard CCLI or OneLicense license. It must be obtained in addition to other licenses you may have.

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