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Greetings, Delegates and Alternates to the SEJ Conference: Grace and peace to each of you in this most unusual of Holy Weeks for all of us. As some of you may have heard by this time, the decision has been made to postpone all 2020 U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences scheduled for July. According to our Book of Discipline, all Jurisdictional Conferences occur simultaneously on a date set by the Council of Bishops. As soon as the dates for the rescheduled General Conference are released, the ...
The Hospice Foundation of America shares a webinar on how to make funerals meaningful during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Numerous churches across the conference are livestreaming their worship services, Bible studies, prayer services, bedtime Bible stories, and more. Connect with them here!
We are quickly surveying all WNCC churches to determine which churches can help with healthcare needs of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Davidson UMC has curated a soundtrack for your Holy Week experience.
How do you raise funds faithfully during a crisis?
Faith and Leadership offers a collection of resources for Christian leaders during the Coronavirus pandemic.
There is a graphic making the rounds on social media that makes a powerful statement about the church in our current times, times like none that we have experienced before. It reads: The church is not empty. The church has been deployed. First UMC (FUMC) of Hendersonville put that thought into action. Knowing that the church needed to be active in service and ministry during these challenging times, the church stood up a Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) of seven lay members and the senior pastor to address the needs of their members and their community.
We hope this guide will help you reflect on the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, his death, and his ultimate victory over death. We have selected nine previously published articles to help you journey through this time. Each one includes questions and activities to help you reflect on and celebrate these significant days of our faith this week. The guide includes a week's worth of articles for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. We invite you to share this resource with friends and family. You may want to talk with them about it, or you might choose to use this guide in your personal study. We pray your Holy Week will be filled with the presence of Christ. – the editors of the Christian Century
Fresh Expressions offers a guide for setting up a social distancing Stations of the Cross for your community.
This Holy Week Scavenger Hunt/Easter Egg Hunt activity from Resource UMC may be used in a variety of ways. The activities could be done throughout Holy Week or on Easter Sunday. They may be done indoors or outdoors. You may do this activity with or without plastic Easter eggs. Please feel free to customize and adjust this resource as needed.
Church Pulse Weekly: Online Discipleship and the First Digital Easter - A Podcast from The Barna Group4/1/2020
Carey Nieuwhof and David Kinnaman talk to Bobby Gruenewald and Nona Jones about digital discipleship and how to make your Easter service powerful and effective.
Important message from Bishop Leeland of the Western North Carolina Conference. Links to additional resources for church and community preparedness can be found following the Bishop's message.
If you are looking for a yummy way to celebrate Easter, gather the kids in the kitchen and make a batch of Easter Story Cookies. Click here for the recipe and corresponding scriptures.
In response to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships has made some important updates to its policies. New 2020 guidelines – including a loan payment suspension option – are outlined here.
Each day listed below will provide an opportunity for you, either individually or with friends, to experience Jesus' life as He fulfilled His ultimate purpose here on earth. Through these daily encounters with scripture and prayer you will walk in His steps and follow His path to the cross. These Holy Week Prayers are brought to you by Anne Bosarge at Bright Ideas for Church Leaders.
Find resources from the NC Conference to help as you live into the sacred emptiness of this year's Holy Week.
The leaders of The National Council of Churches, Christians Uniting in Christ, and Christian Churches Together issue a joint letter asking churches across the nation to join together in specific Holy Week remembrances and Easter celebrations. Read the letter and find the ideas and resources here.
While honoring the desire to gather for worship, Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet ask all UMC churches in Western North Carolina to follow the Governor's guideline and refrain from holding "drive-in worship" services.
Volunteers worked to retrieve 10,000 masks (mostly n95) from UMCOR cleaning kits and from Mission Response Center donations this past week.