Lend a Hand Across the Water

You have seen the devastation the water left in Sanford, Midland, and elsewhere. The Michigan Conference Disaster Response team offers ways you can help with clean-up and care for neighbors. Read more>>>

Principles and Directions for Re-opening

Guidance on how to reopen local churches. Principles and directions to use when restrictions are lifted. Read more >>>

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

There are excellent points to make in this article…some will apply to your church, some won’t…but what does apply to everyone is the need to alter the passing of the offering plates, communion, and greeters – for the short term at least. Read more >>>

Tips for Online Worship

The Michigan Conference has created webinars on a variety of subjects related to local concerns, and more are being added regularly. They include: Your Tech Questions Online Funerals and Memorial Services Shelter in Place – Church Questions Online Church – Worship Planning Online Ministry with Children & Youth Holy Week Online Worship Planning The “Why”… Continue Reading Tips for Online Worship

Bishop Extends No Gatherings Until April 30

The Rev. Amy Mayo-Moyle leads online worship in this YouTube video from Farmington Orchard United Methodist Church. Michigan congregations are asked to continue online worship through April 30, 2020. Facebook/Orchard United Methodist Church Michigan now has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.  At advice of government and public health officials, Bishop Bard… Continue Reading Bishop Extends No Gatherings Until April 30

MI-Health Toolbox

The Michigan Conference offers a Toolbox full of information and resources on how individuals and congregations can respond to COVID-19 in healthy ways. The Health Crisis Toolbox includes these resources and much more. Updates will be made on a daily basis as new information becomes available. Please check back often and remain tuned to the Facebook… Continue Reading MI-Health Toolbox

Providing Ministry in the Age of COVID-19

“Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 CEB) But how do we share this non-anxious message of hope with youth when the church is canceling events and… Continue Reading Providing Ministry in the Age of COVID-19

Practical Tips for Your Local Church

As we think about gathering on Sunday for worship, I know that everyone is concerned with the spread of the coronavirus into their community. Below are a couple of links that have very helpful information.  We are taking this crisis seriously and do not want anyone’s health in jeopardy. All of these precautions could be used by… Continue Reading Practical Tips for Your Local Church

Covid-19 Coronavirus Response

Dear Friends in Christ, From the earliest days of the Church, healing and caring for the sick and suffering have been an important dimension of the Christian way.  “They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them” (Mark 6:13).  “Are any among you suffering?  They should pray….  Are any… Continue Reading Covid-19 Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Health Concern

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS HEALTH CONCERN Conference Leadership is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus health crisis.  Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, but this is a rapidly changing situation.  According to the Federal  Center for Disease Control (CDC), older individuals and those with severe chronic conditions (i.e. heart and lung disease, diabetes, etc.)… Continue Reading Coronavirus Health Concern

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