1. The Church Guide to Coronavirus
How congregations can prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities, from Outreach.
2. Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic
From Lutheran Disaster Response, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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 Youth Rally had to be cancelled due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and “stay at home” mandates.
The summer overnight rally will happen (hopefully) August 21- 22, from Friday at 3 PM through Saturday at 7 PM. Once again, Covenant UMC of Moore Township will host the rally at the church, located at 2715 Mountain View Drive, Bath, PA. It will be part festival, part tent rally and part retreat, all rolled into one event to reach youth and young adults for Christ.
The event theme is “2020 Vision: We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight” taken from 2 Corinthians 5:7. All Eastern PA Conference youth and young adults are invited to come enjoy fun activities, fellowship, worship, dialogue and music and spoken word from The Autumn, Tom Golly, Egypt Speaks, Dave Berkey and more. More details will be announced soon. Read more
Virtual church is taking off big-time across our conference and beyond. Congregations are self-exiled from their sanctuaries by the coronavirus pandemic, as they practice social distancing. But some now prefer the term “physical distancing,” as they try to maintain social ties online.
What many say to God in their benedictions they are now saying to each other: “As we leave this place but never your presence…” Indeed, more pastors and church members are being present with and for one another online via free conference calls and affordable video-conferencing and livestreaming options. The menu of options include Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, YouTube, Vimeo and so on. Read more…
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In a Zoom video-conference training Thursday, March 19, the Eastern PA Conference offered church leaders plenty of how-to’s for transporting worship from one sanctuary into many homes… electronically.
The two-hour, experimental, highly interactive session engaged 300 lay and clergy participants, the maximum allowed for the conference’s Zoom business account. Read more…
Thoughts about Holy Communion in the Midst of Coronavirus by Bishop Peggy Johnson
Grace Upon Grace: United Methodism, Holy Communion & Social Isolation by Dr. Ryan N. Danker
Numerous displaced congregations—unable to gather in their sanctuaries—are increasingly worshiping online during the coronavirus pandemic. But many see this first Sundays as a sacramental challenge. April 5, for example, is not only Palm Sunday but also the first Sunday of the month, when most churches typically celebrate Holy Communion together.
The dilemma for many is how to celebrate Communion correctly: with elements consecrated by an elder or licensed local pastor and received by worshipers gathered together in one place. While churches like Royersford UMC plan to deliver packaged, consecrated, individual elements to members’ homes, in bags hung on doorknobs, others may allow members to come pick up their packaged bread and grape juice (in lieu of wine), as long as they maintain their physical distance from one another to avoid spreading the virus. Read more…
Bishop Peggy Johnson and the Eastern PA Conference Cabinet will lead conference churches and members in a mid-Holy Week online worship service on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 AM. The service should last about 45 minutes. Cabinet members offer this invitation to everyone:
We hope you will join us for this unique, virtual experience. Friends and families are welcome. Together, we will pause in the midst of Holy Week to remember Jesus’ walk to the cross amid those who likely understood what God was doing and those who did not.
We will pray together and remember our connection as sisters and brothers in Christ. You can join us via computer, tablet, smartphone or landline with the Zoom video-conferencing link below. We can host up to 1,000 people for this mid-week service.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the Christ, who is the balm in Gilead and will not leave or forsake us.
Topic: Holy Week Worship
Day/Time: Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020, 11 AM Eastern Time (Length: about 45 minutes.)
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Telephone participants in the Eastern PA region should use: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 786 016 706
The Cabinet plans to record the worship service for later viewing also.
Linwood Heights United Methodist Church @ 10:45 AM Sunday
Via facebook: Linwood Heights United Methodist Church
FB Link also available via: http://www.linwoodumchurch.com/
Pastor Ethel F. Guy
Address: 1627 Chichester Ave., Linwood, PA 19061
Tabor United Methodist Church @ 8am and 10:45 AM Sunday
Listen online at http://taborumc.org/ – link at bottom of homepage
To listen to previous Services, create an account at www.Mixlr.com
Pastor Bob Amundsen
Address: PO Box 38, 2209 Hendricks Station Road, Woxall, PA 18979
Evangelical United Methodist Church (New Holland) @ 10:00 AM Sunday
Facebook live-stream via: https://www.facebook.com/EUMCNH/
Pastor Rob Stippich
Address: 276 W Main Street, New Holland, Pennsylvania
West Chester United Methodist Church @ 8:45 AM Sunday
Live-stream at umcwc.org — services then archived in YouTube
Address: 129 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Asbury United Methodist Church @ 10:00 AM Sunday|
Live-stream at https://live.asburylv.org/
Senior Pastor Rev. Eric Yeakel
Pastor of Discipleship Rev. Barbara Lee
Address: 1533 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA, 18104
Hope United Methodist Church (Douglasville) @ 10:00 AM Sunday
*Intend to do Facebook Live – However, expect server to be overwhelmed *
So additionally working with Twitch (game-streaming site)
Twitch.tv/HopeChurch — Expect an advertisement (usually a game at start of each stream)
Expect quality and reliability should be much better
Pastor Lou Hornberger
Address: 117 N Monocacy Creek Rd Douglassville PA 19518
New Hanover United Methodist Church @ 9 AM Sunday
Via Facebook: New Hanover United Methodist Church
Website: www.newhanoverumc.org (Click on Live Stream Tab)
YouTube: New Hanover United Methodist Church (All past recorded services are available on our YouTube channel)
Pastor Jose “Ricky” Ayala
Address: 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525