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Mission and Ministry
Susan Logan worships in an empty pew section at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home via video livestream in response to the coronavirus. In keeping with the Metropolitan Nashville mayor’s “Safer at Home” directive, the church building has since been closed. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Weddings, funerals altered by virus restrictions

United Methodist funerals, memorial services, weddings are getting postponed or downsized in emergency period.
Local Church
North Rose United Methodist Church, in North Rose, N.Y., is using social media for worship and for small group meetings during the coronavirus threat. Photo courtesy of North Rose United Methodist Church.

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges

Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.
Global Health
The Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., meets online Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Image courtesy of Susan Hay.

Churches overcome social distancing to continue outreach

The continuing spread of COVID-19 is challenging pastors to consider how to do outreach when personal contact is temporarily difficult.
Worship
Members and leaders of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., worship in a mostly empty sanctuary Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home via video livestream in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Virus alters but does not stop Sunday worship

United Methodist churches around the U.S. began to adjust to what it means to be a worshipping community during the coronavirus outbreak.

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