"Just about all churches have persons with hearing loss, a condition that is particularly true of seniors. In-person gatherings typically use public address systems as assistive technology, but online or live streamed worship services present challenges to ensure that persons with hearing loss can hear through computers, iPads, and laptops. We will look at several options to ensure that everyone can participate."
Many virtual choirs debuted out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring and comforting people during a difficult time. As I write, many of us are still practicing distance worship. Even after this crisis ends and potential weather-related closings begin, churches will benefit from having learned the steps to produce a virtual choir.
Even as many churches return to in-person worship, virtual worship is here to stay, which makes investing in the experience a worthwhile task. Here are some resources to help as you look to up-level your virtual worship experience.
"In a lot of small to medium churches, the digital platform is managed by a volunteer, a pastor, or someone on staff, but they are given a hundred other duties to do so social media and the online experience are not a priority...choosing the right set of volunteers to engage digitally is important."
We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how the Conference can best support you at this time.
Numerous churches across the conference are livestreaming their worship services, Bible studies, prayer services, bedtime Bible stories, and more. Connect with them here!
Bishop Leeland shares a message of encouragement with our pastors and lay leaders, as students return to school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are entering that time of the year when (in the old normal) we would be getting into charge conference season— pulling together reports, planning potluck suppers, and considering how to arrange the tables in the fellowship hall. Odds are, this fall’s charge conference won’t look the way it has in previous years. In whatever form it takes, charge conference is as important as it has been in the past; and there are new concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please join us at for our Convocation and Pastors' School Virtual Mini-Series. This year’s theme is Christian Leadership in Turbulent Times and will take over five, one-hour lunchtime sessions, throughout September and October, beginning September 14 with Will Willimon. For more information and to register for free please visit the CPS webpage at https://divinity.duke.edu/events/convocation-pastors-school
This resource from our sister conference in Florida offers stories from United Methodist Churches across their conference who are making the hard decision this fall regarding preschool - open, or not? "COVID-19 has forced United Methodist Churches throughout the Florida Conference into hard decisions about how to conduct worship services, but the dilemma doesn't end there. Many churches also operate daycare centers and preschools, and with the new school year at hand they faced a simple truth: The challenges are as varied as the churches seeking answers."