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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020
In the West Ohio Conference mission field, a significant number of Ohioans are directly involved in the criminal justice system as a person who has experienced incarceration or a family member with an incarcerated loved one. Both returning neighbors and families of the incarcerated are experiencing a heightened economic and social vulnerability due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  All In Community recognizes that justice-involved persons need extra supp... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020
Generators are urgently needed for Lupandillo Hospital in North Katanga, DR Congo, a United Methodist hospital that provides healthcare for over 2 million people. With the COVID-19 crisis looming, Lupandillo continues to operate without electricity, hindering their capacity to care for people who are critically ill.  While the hospital has received donations of vital equipment such as ECG and x-ray machines, incubators, and oxygenation machines, they cannot... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020
The Pandemic Lockdown has moved your church online. Even when it is over, nothing will be the same. Whether you're using Facebook for the first time or you're excellent at Instagram, you need a plan to grow your social media skills, so that you can love and serve your congregation and beyond. The FX Social Media Academy will give you the tools you need to: Help your church feel connected again Master communication methods you can use for counseling and disci... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
The economic impact of COVID-19 is felt by businesses and churches alike. Federal and state legislation has been enacted to help ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Conference Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration Bill Brownson held a Facebook live event to provide information and advice in the midst of this fast-evolving environment. To view this event, click here. Reliable information may be found on the websites of these trus... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
Social isolation during a pandemic can have damaging effects on mental health. Residents of nursing homes and those who live alone are are especially high risk. The Rev. Scott Miller, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and Pastor Julie Rudd of the Wilmington Friends House, a Quaker community, had planned to bring their choirs together to create a social-distance ensemble. The ensemble was created to sing outside shut-ins' homes in the community. On Monday, Mar... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Looking for a way to connect with your congregation online? Zoom is the perfect solution. Local churches with less than 100 in average worship attendance can now request a free Zoom web conferencing license provided by United Methodist Communications and the General Council on Finance and Administration that will be active through January 28, 2021(a ~$142 value.)  Interest Form
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Hundreds of Christians from across the globe have joined together virtually to sing a celebration hymn for Easter Sunday. The Virtual Easter Choir Project will sing "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," written by Charles Wesley in 1739. The United Methodist Church produced this piece as a gift to the world, allowing all people to hear this hymn and celebrate Easter in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back to watch the full video at 9am CDT on... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
We have heard from many United students, alumni/ae and friends of the seminary about the creative ways their churches are serving congregations online during this time. To help local churches expand virtual ministry to small groups, United Theological Seminary is holding a free webinar series, "Online Strategies for Small Group Ministries." During 3 sessions from April 28 to May 12, this webinar will cover: How to transition your small group ministries from i... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Click here for an extensive list of free resources are available to support youth ministry during COVID- 19. To download additional resources click here. Worried about how to keep Safe Sanctuaries guidelines? Best Practices Include:  Use online spaces with a login code, host permissions to stop videos/mute participants, record sessions, and only share host screen (like Zoom) Text or chat with student groups; if texting only one minor include the parent/guard... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Two Safe Sanctuaries training videos are available to churches. To view online click here and go to, "Local Church Training Resources." History and Purpose (12 min)  Overview of Policies and Procedures (22 min)    For support writing, refining, or implementing your policy contact your district office to be connected with a Safe Sanctuaries Trainer! Discipleship Ministries also has a resource available. Click here to view. For more information or questions... continue reading