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Making the impossible doable

COVID-19 has presented challenges that seemed impossible. However, notes the Rev. Jerome DeVine, trust in a God who makes things new has helped congregations redesign for a new day.

COVID challenges musicians and choirs

Virtual choirs perform during pandemic

The pews are empty and choirs sidelined. But musicians have kept their worship communities alive even while they can’t gather.

Bishop clarifies face covering statement

Face covering encouraged

Bishop Bard encourages Michigan congregations to wear face coverings for indoor, in-person gatherings and outdoor gatherings where proper social distancing is difficult.

Video Sermon Bank available

Bank of online sermons available.

Here’s an online answer to pulpit supply. The Board of Congregational Life offers a Video Sermon Bank for use by preachers who need time away.

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.

Liberia’s churches begin to reopen

Churches check temps

 Wearing masks, social distancing, and taking temperatures are “new normal” practices in churches in Africa as well as the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Online collaboration grows disciples

Collaboration supported their ministry

Their collaboration began as a way to provide online worship with their congregations. Soon, these pastors learned that the effort was also a source of learning and support for them.

More resources to assist reopening

Cass City reopening for worship

Michigan Conference leaders offer additional resources for making important decisions around reopening. These include discerning the comfort level of your congregation and ways to share sacraments.

Bishop responds to call by President

Bishop respond to the recommendation of the Presdent to closed churches. en churches.

Bishop David Bard encourages local churches to seek the latest public health guidance in determining when to re-open safely. This in response to the recommendation by the President to open this weekend.

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?