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Bishop extends no gatherings to April 30

Worship online from Orchard UMC during no gathering season

Michigan now has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.  At advice of government and public health officials, Bishop Bard calls for no in-person gatherings through April 30, 2020.

Haiti Covenant Partners confront COVID-19

Women on the frontlines of COVID-19

The Haiti Covenant Partners of the Michigan Conference are concerned about the country’s vulnerability to COVID-19. Chronic poverty, hunger, and cultural practices are challenges to the prevention of the disease.

Bishop Bard proclaims, ‘Easter is coming!’

Girl praying at Easter

Bishop David Bard celebrates the creativity of Michigan United Methodists ministering in the shadow of the coronavirus crisis. He offers new possibilities for Easter worship during this ongoing stay-at-home season.

Michigan UMCs with online worship

Sunday online at Metropolitan UMC Detroit

These United Methodist churches in The Michigan Conference are offering online worship on Sunday or devotional experiences during the week.

Closed on Friday, connected on Sunday

Sunday in Wacousta UMC

On Friday, March 13, Bishop David Bard asked all Michigan churches in his care to be closed to in-person events. On Sunday, less than 48 hours later, congregations came together online.

List of cancellations

Meetings canceled and postponed

The following events and ministries sponsored by Michigan Conference organizations have been postponed or canceled.

Michigan Conference advances Protocol

Members receive ballots to advance Protocol

On March 7, The Michigan Annual Conference became the 3rd annual conference to advance a petition, “Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and Restructuring.” The only U.S. conference to do so.

Response from Bishop on COVID-19

Handwashing is best response

The Michigan Conference joins in response to the coronavirus. Bishop Bard supports these personal and local church measures to support health and healing.

Fresh Expressions ‘on their turf’

Fresh Expressions Dinner Church

It started in England and now is at work in the U.S. Fresh Expressions “takes the church Jesus loves closer to where the people Jesus loves actually are.”

Summoning the Courage to Lead

Seasons of life require courage

In the face of upheavals in the church and in the nation, The Michigan Conference Office of Clergy Excellence is hosting three Courage to Lead retreats.

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