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Back to worship … what to expect

Dexter UMC outdoor worship

On June 1 Governor Whitmer and Bishop Bard lifted restrictions on in-person worship. But that doesn’t mean return to worship as usual in churches across the state. Be ready for changes.

Begin in-person gatherings with care

Reopen with masks and other precautions

Bishop David Bard encourages United Methodist churches in Michigan to use guidelines provided by the Michigan Conference as they prepare to re-open for in-person activities.

Speaking in new tongues at Pentecost

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Bishop David Bard reflects on the coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic flooding in this Pentecost message to the Michigan Conference.

What! Why no singing?

Girl singing hymn

Wearing masks, washing hands, no-touch orders of worship. These factors of return to in-person worship are understandable. Why no singing?

Coronavirus hampers malaria efforts

Malaria threat grows across Africa

In 2016 Imagine No Malaria celebrated success in the fight against malaria. Now WHO says interruptions caused by COVID may return mortality levels to those last seen 20 years ago.

What does reopening look like?

Reopening will require great care

Social distancing measures forced churches to transition to online worship and ministry. As states lift shelter-in-place orders, churches must consider how — or when— to return to in-person worship.

Prepare now for first Sunday back

Prepare to move forward in 2020

When state health officials deem it safe, restrictions on in-person worship will be lifted. In the meantime, here are guidelines to help prepare for re-opening.

Re-opening strategies being pondered

Bishop Bard considers strategies for COVID response

When will Michigan return to normal operation? That remains uncertain. But the Bishop and leaders of The Michigan Conference are creating strategies to help churches prepare to resume in-person activities.

Confessions of an e-churcher

A preacher serving as an e-churcher

Accidental e-churcher, the Rev. Glenn Wagner, says, “For the sake of the gospel, we all need to figure out how to do church and community in a new way.”

Take a look into the MI-Health toolbox

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The Michigan Conference offers a Toolbox full of information and resources on how individuals and congregations can respond to COVID-19 in healthy ways.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!