Latest News Regarding COVID-19
Derek Hanson offers advice on how to engage your livestream audience while hosting church online.
Dr. Marcia McFee offers resources for conducting Holy Week & Easter Season services online.
The Transforming Center will be hosting a prayer service to keep us connected as we hold vigil on Good Friday, just as Jesus asked the disciples to cover him in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Transforming Center website for more information.
Scott Hughes of Discipleship Ministries shares advice and resources for making the most of online small groups during a time of virtual ministry.
Cindy Solomon and Resource UMC offer tips and ideas for remembering Holy Week and celebrating Easter at home.
The Church is Changing Podcast - Pastoral Care in a Time of Social Distancing with Luke Edwards and Melanie Childers3/30/2020
In this episode of the Church is Changing Podcast Luke talks with Melanie Childers, Clinical Chaplain at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC about offering pastoral care during this time of social distancing.
"In this special edition of the Worship Matters podcast, the worship team weighs in on worship during the COVID-19 quarantine. Despite being unable to gather as a body, there are ways we can connect as a worshiping community. Listen in as we discuss the struggles and possibilities, and then offers a word of hope and comfort to all those struggling with being the church in this unprecedented time."
COVID-19 Virus and Xenophobia, A Statement from the Inter-Ethnic Strategic Development Group (IESDG)3/26/2020
"IESDG unequivocally denounce the disturbing and continual use of the term “China or Chinese Virus”, correctly known as the COVID-19 virus. We urge President Donald J. Trump and other public officials to discontinue the use of the term “China/Chinese Virus” so that misinformation and animosity will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity and sacred worth of every person and community."
Your telehealth benefits now include behavioral and mental health. The CDC advises the use of telehealth and telemedicine when available to avoid overloading doctor's offices and emergency departments.
The Commission on General Conference made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as originally planned and elected to work toward setting a date in 2021.
In response to new needs from our churches, the Western NC Conference is please to announce a free online giving platform! Donors will be able to specify which church should receive their donation. The Conference will remit payments to the churches monthly.
To Wespath Benefits and Investment Participants:
Out of concerns for the health and safety of all those affected amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Executive Committee is announcing that the General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.
Getting Started with Online Giving: Resources from WNCC Treasury Services and WNCC United Methodist Foundation3/18/2020
As churches continue to meet online, WNCC Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation have produced this resource that provides several options for online giving. While many of our churches already have online giving procedures in place, we know many do not. We hope these options will prove helpful for you. It is times like these that we are appreciative of the United Methodist connection. We want you to know we are here to assist you and your congregation in whatever ways we can. Please let us know if there are other ways that we might be of assistance to you.
To help during this time of social distancing, check out this list of virtual ministry resources compiled by the WNCC Resource Center.
The Conference Office in Huntersville and all District Offices are closed due to governmental recommendations. Our Conference and District staff are working from home, with email as the most effective means of communication. Click here for the latest updates and news related to COVID-19.
"As churches decided to suspend worship services during the outbreak of COVID-19, many opted to move their worship services online. For larger churches who do this on a weekly basis, this was an easy task. For some churches, this was unexplored territory, as pastors learned new technology..."
"The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic."
"As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continue to escalate, the Commission on the General Conference will meet on March 21 via teleconference to discuss plans for the 2020 General Conference, scheduled for May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn."
You're livestreaming your services, studies, and even bedtime stories, and we want to join you! Submit your livestreams to join the virtual church list on the Conference website.