Resources for Worship Planning

Live Stream Your Ministry

Live Stream Your Ministry

4/22/2020
Today millions share experiences together, no matter where they are, through live streaming. Let others "attend” your church on the internet in the same way. This resource can help your church live stream your own events on the web.
Local Church Learning Sessions: Technology for worship, small groups, and giving

Local Church Learning Sessions: Technology for worship, small groups, and giving

4/22/2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and more churches shift to digital ministry, United Methodist Communications offers a series of Local Church Learning Sessions. All have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. More sessions may be developed.
Understanding Virtual Worship Attendance Reporting

Understanding Virtual Worship Attendance Reporting

4/16/2020
As churches explore more digital ministry options, GCFA has developed some guidance on reporting and counting the number of viewers of your online worship and Bible study attendance.
Bishop Leeland's Guideline for Online Communion During the COVID-19 Crisis

Bishop Leeland's Guideline for Online Communion During the COVID-19 Crisis

4/15/2020
Bishop Leeland outlines specific guidelines for the practice for online communion during the COVID-19 crisis. Please note, this is only to be viewed as temporary. This is not a license to continue this practice when life returns to normal.
How Can I Identify Public Domain Hymns?

How Can I Identify Public Domain Hymns?

4/15/2020
"Ask the UMC" tackles the question of how to find public domain hymns for your worship live stream.
WNCC Easter Service

WNCC Easter Service

4/12/2020
Bishop Leeland and the Western North Carolina Cabinet are preparing an Easter worship video for our conference. Many of you are finding wonderful ways to connect with your church communities online and we celebrate that! However, if North Carolina’s restrictions on gathering are impacting your worship planning, use this worship video as a resource for celebrating Easter together. Bishop Leeland will share an Easter message and our District Superintendents will lead us in worship. The link will be sent to clergy on Saturday, April 11 and posted on the Conference website and Facebook page on Easter morning for your use.
Making Funerals Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19

Making Funerals Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19

4/7/2020
The Hospice Foundation of America shares a webinar on how to make funerals meaningful during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
WNCC Churches Are Livestreaming! Join Us For Virtual Church!

WNCC Churches Are Livestreaming! Join Us For Virtual Church!

4/7/2020
Numerous churches across the conference are livestreaming their worship services, Bible studies, prayer services, bedtime Bible stories, and more. Connect with them here!
Holy Week Spotify Playlist

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

4/6/2020
Davidson UMC has curated a soundtrack for your Holy Week experience.
Holy Week & Easter Guide for Reflection from the Christian Century

Holy Week & Easter Guide for Reflection from the Christian Century

4/2/2020
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
Stations of the Cross: Social Distance Edition

Stations of the Cross: Social Distance Edition

4/2/2020
Fresh Expressions offers a guide for setting up a social distancing Stations of the Cross for your community.
Church Pulse Weekly: Online Discipleship and the First Digital Easter - A Podcast from The Barna Group

Church Pulse Weekly: Online Discipleship and the First Digital Easter - A Podcast from The Barna Group

4/1/2020
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.
Holy Week Prayers

Holy Week Prayers

4/1/2020
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.
Not A Normal Holy Week Resources from the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church

Not A Normal Holy Week Resources from the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church

4/1/2020
Find resources from the NC Conference to help as you live into the sacred emptiness of this year's Holy Week.
Three Ecumenical Organizations Unite in Holy Week/Easter Celebration Requests

Three Ecumenical Organizations Unite in Holy Week/Easter Celebration Requests

4/1/2020
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.
Update from Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet Regarding

Update from Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet Regarding "Drive-In Worship"

3/31/2020
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.
Engaging Your Livestream

Engaging Your Livestream

3/30/2020
Derek Hanson offers advice on how to engage your livestream audience while hosting church online.
Holy Week and Easter Season Online Worship Ideas from Dr. Marcia McFee

Holy Week and Easter Season Online Worship Ideas from Dr. Marcia McFee

3/30/2020
Dr. Marcia McFee offers resources for conducting Holy Week & Easter Season services online.
Join the Transforming Center for a Virtual Good Friday Prayer Service

Join the Transforming Center for a Virtual Good Friday Prayer Service

3/30/2020
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.
Remembering Holy Week, Celebrating Easter at Home

Remembering Holy Week, Celebrating Easter at Home

3/30/2020
Cindy Solomon and Resource UMC offer tips and ideas for remembering Holy Week and celebrating Easter at home.
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