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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.

Celebrating Easter at home

Easter egg hunt

Usually, Holy Week involves multiple trips to church for special activities. But this year we look forward to a Stay-at-Home-Easter. That doesn’t mean it can’t be glorious!

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.”

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.

Take a look into the MI-Health toolbox

Toolbox banner graphic

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

Bishop’s appeal to suspend gatherings

The Spirit is present when in-person gatherings are not possible.

Bishop David Bard is recommending that Michigan United Methodist Churches refrain from all in-person gatherings for the remainder of March. May we remain bound together in the Spirit of love.    Here is a transcript of the Bishop’s video message …  Dear Friends in Christ, what a difference a few days or even a… Continue Reading Bishop’s appeal to suspend gatherings

Ten ways to go deeper during Lent

Hands make cross for Lent

The followers of Jesus our now on that annual journey from Ash Wednesday toward Easter. Lent provides an opportunity to relate to God and others in new ways.

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.”

Musician keeps heritage alive

Musician James Story at piano

Since his great-grandmother’s funeral, musician James W. Story’ mission has been to keep African American spirituals relevant for future generations.

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