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Doing ministry in the midst of coronavirus

Behold, I am doing a new thing;now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wildernessand rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV). Are you doing a new thing? Is your church making a way…

Online prayer groups seek healing despite social distancing

By John W. Coleman Churches and church groups are busily using online videoconferencing services—especially Zoom—and also free conference call services during these social distancing days for worship, meetings, Bible study… Read more

UM agencies resourcing pandemic-affected churches

By John W. Coleman In the spirit of connectionalism, United Methodist general agencies continue to try to help local churches connect with members and survive the disruptions caused by the… Read more

Facing loneliness, social distancing during a crisis

Church sanctuaries are empty. Christians are quarantined at home. Social distancing and isolation is taking a toll. How can church leaders help combat loneliness among their flocks, families and even themselves? Read more

Celebrating Native American Women

Our conference CoNAM presents Indian Country’s Hidden Figures: Outstanding Native American Women. Join us via Zoom Sunday, April 19, 4 PM, For online worship and stories about remarkable heroines. Learn more… 

Alternatives to Communion around the Lord’s Table

By John W. Coleman Numerous displaced congregations—unable to gather in their sanctuaries—are increasingly worshiping online during the coronavirus pandemic. But many see first Sundays as a sacramental challenge. April 5,… Read more

CCYM shares reflections, advice on surviving pandemic

The Eastern PA’s Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) is working virtually, via Zoom videoconferencing, to plan its second annual “Camping at the Crossroads” Youth Rally. The March 28 annual spring… Read more

Doing the Next Right Thing

I watched the movie “Frozen 2” over the weekend because I ran out of things to do as everything has been closed and canceled. The advice that came up frequently in this Disney film were the words, “When you don’t know what to do, do the next right thing.”

New Payroll Protection Program Application FAQ* and Federal CARES Act Guidelines for Churches

Payroll Protection Program Application FAQ*Updated 4/22/2020:  This afternoon the House approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing.  The deal… Read more

Annual Conference 2020 will be October 13-14

The 2020 Eastern PA Annual Conference will happen October 13-14, a Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Originally scheduled for June 18-20, the session was postponed…