Coronavirus Ministry Response


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…


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NEW! Eastern PA UMC Youth Ministry in Covid-19 and Beyond – Reopening Guidelines
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Seminar Program Launches Virtual Series on COVID-19

Online seminars will be held Thursdays from May 21-June 18 at 2PM ET.

Church and Society takes its signature Seminar Program virtual in a series of webinars on COVID-19 and social justice issues. The weekly series, called Pre-existing Disparities Revealed, explores how the pandemic intersects with topics such as systemic racism, the carcel system, and access to food.

“COVID-19 revealed societal injustices that already existed. This pandemic has magnified familiar societal, political, and economic disparities—now with the added urgency of a public health crisis,” said Aimee Hong, Senior Executive Director of Education and Engagement.

“We will hear from experts and learn how to take action for a long-lasting change towards a more just post-COVID-19 world,” says Hong.

Webinars will occur every Thursday, starting May 21 at 2 PM ET. Learn more.


Ministry in the Midst of Coronavirus

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 classes, and increasingly, for prayer. Now, even larger groups are engaging in Zoom prayer meetings to broaden their reach. Read more…

Church leaders urge African Americans to stay healthy, survive

United Methodist black church leaders issued a call to action in the fight against COVID-19 in light of recent findings that African Americans are dying from the disease at disproportionate rates in the U.S.

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, a national racial ethnic plan of The United Methodist Church, in partnership with Discipleship Ministries hosted a virtual summit on April 9 to urge congregations to take social distancing and other safety guidelines seriously. Read more…

UM agencies resourcing pandemic-affected churches

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 COVID-19 pandemic. Such connection is crucial for continuing worship, financial stewardship, church administration, Christian education and collective prayer.

Local churches of fewer than 100 members can now request free Zoom web conferencing January 28, 2021 (a ~$142 value). The offer is provided by United Methodist Communications (UMCom) and the General Council on Finance and Administration. Meanwhile, UMCom offers a recorded series of Local Church Learning Sessions available on their website. Each training video supports the shift to digital ministry. Learn 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 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. Read more

Churches taking ministry online in the midst of pandemic

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…” Read more…

Take your church to the world. Connect through technology

Learn about live streaming, video calls, online giving. View our recorded Zoom training now.

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…

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Worship & Communion

Alternatives to Communion around the Lord’s Table

Two Suggested Love Feast Liturgies

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. Read more…

Churches that Livestream Worship, etc.

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
Phone: 610-485-2300
Email: office@linwoodumchurch.com
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
Email:  pastorbobumc@gmail.com
Phone:  215-234-4852
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
newhollandeumc.org/
Email: info@newhollandeumc.org
Phone: 717-354-2334
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
Phone: 610-692-5190
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
Phone: 610-398-2577
Address: 1533 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA, 18104

Hope United Methodist Church (Douglasville) @ 10:00 AM Sunday
https://www.hopechurchonline.net/
*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
PastorLou@HopeChurchAmity.org
Phone: 610.385.7141
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
Phone: 610-323-2353
Email: info@newhanoverumc.org
Address: 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525

McMichaels UMC @ 9:30 AM

McMichaels UMC has been doing worship on their Facebook page since March 2020. Pastor Edward Unangst does the message, along with joys and concerns and prayers online.

During Easter Sunday he lead the audience in a Love feast for communion. Parishioner Ryan Hinton gave a wonderful children’s message on the butterfly and new birth that was entertaining to all listening on Zoom. It was fed into the Facebook page. Musician Dennis Maida led song for all to sing along at the end of the worship via Zoom that was fed into the Facebook page.

It is wonderful to see how many come in to watch and listen to the message and the pastor has noticed several old members returning to the church and also members who have moved away. With the help of his daughter, Kelly Unangst who videos this on Sunday at 9:30 am, he hopes to reach new people weekly.

View the worship services on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McMichaels-United-Methodist-Church-114135955281870/


Information from the CDC

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