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Health crisis risk management

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A message from Bishop David Bard

From the earliest days of the Church, healing and caring for the sick and suffering have been an important dimension of the Christian way. “They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them” (Mark 6:13). “Are any among you suffering? They should pray…. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:13-14). The Christian Church often established institutions of health and healing as it also shared the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.  Please use these resources to protect your community, your family, and yourself. 

COVID-19 - CORONAVIRUS

LAST UPDATED:  Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:45 PM EDT

On August 18, 2021, Bishop Bard offers guidance in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

Read Bishop Bard's COVID-19 statement.

What you can do right now

Health crisis risk management COVID-19 PERSONAL RESPONSE

  • Pray for all those affected by COVID-19, including the health professionals working to contain the virus and treat to those impacted.
  • If your health allows, agree to receive a vaccine.
  • When in public, stay at least 6 feet from others, indoor or outside.
  • Wear a mask to prevent infection of others.
  • If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending church services during the 14-day incubation period and instead worship with us online.
  • Mail a check in, or electronically share your weekly gifts with your church.
  • Soap breaks down the virus.Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands. 
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider in advance to tell them about your symptoms before arriving at a doctor’s office or hospital.  Inform your church.

How we can continue to be the church during COVID-19

  • Access the many resources on the Michigan Conference Website to support ministry during this time and move to implement these new tools.
  • Pre-tape or conduct live worship services using ZOOM, YouTube, or Facebook Live. This allows worship leaders be in their own homes but still appearing together. 
  • If your church is not able to offer online services at this time, share  online worship services at nearby UMCs.  See the list.
  • Conduct Bible studies and congregational care via telephone or ZOOM technology.
  • Continue to participate in generosity and stewardship of your local church. If your church does not have online giving, contact the office of the conference treasurer.
  • Watch the many Webinars offered on the conference website and Facebook. See the toolbox at left.
  • Organize a local church response team to monitor, plan, communicate, manage finances, and increase church hygiene.
  • Visit our Health Crisis Toolbox (see icon at top of page) and prepare your church.
  • Discuss how you can minister to and safely check on the well-being of impacted members.  Use telephone or other electronic means. Discuss how you might safely support those needing to shelter in place with food and other necessities.
  • Where you can get immediate information about COVID-19