Coronavirus Ministry Response

Re-opening Best Practices for Churches now during COVID

Re-opening Best Practices for Local Churches
Eastern PA Conference United Methodist Church
Updated November 2020

The Eastern PA Conference places the health and welfare of our members and the surrounding community as the first priority in making decisions around occupancy.   As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, we recommend churches monitor their city or county’s infection rates, modify their reopening strategies, and either return to virtual offerings or decrease in room capacity, as necessary.   Congregations that reopen must be committed to the goal of flattening the virus’s curve by following all state and city guidelines. They should have a reopening plan approved by their church’s administrative council. Please continue to monitor both the and websites for up-to-date information.  Continue reading…

Donated hand sanitizer available at 4 camps, 2 churches

Six barrels with 50-gallons each of donated hand sanitizer are now ready and waiting for churches to “come and get it” at the Eastern PA Conference’s four Camp & Retreat Centers and at two local churches in Philadelphia and Allentown… Read more

Eastern PA Conference’s Disaster Response Ministry also has donated, washable cloth face coverings from FEMA to help churches ensure safety during worship and activities. The adult-sized masks are 100% cotton, and contain silver and copper to help prevent the growth of viruses and germs. Churches wanting masks can request them using the following form.

Appeal for donated masks, hand sanitizer, etc

The Eastern PA Conference Disaster Response Ministry is seeking volunteers to sew and donate suitable protective masks for children and adults in vulnerable, urban communities during the COVID-19 pandemic… Read more

Cabinet, chancellor explain church reopening guidelines

Bishop Peggy Johnson and the Eastern PA Conference Cabinet took turns explaining their Pandemic Reopening Best Practices for Churches document in a Zoom webinar Tuesday evening, May 12. Participation reached the maximum allowed at 500 viewers. A recording of the webinar is now available on the conference’s website and YouTube page. And a supplemental Q&A document, with answers to questions asked during the program, is also available. Read more…


Reopening Resources from the Cabinet and Conference Chancellor:
Further COVID-19 resources:

Ministry in the Midst of Coronavirus

Worship & Communion

Information from the CDC

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