Shifting Connections for this Season: Myers Park UMC’s Response to COVID-19

Updated 3/12/2020


After consulting with several doctors deeply involved in the life of our congregation, and witnessing the dramatic news unfolding day by day, we have decided that we will not have in person worship this Sunday, and for the next few weeks until the situation improves.

We will, though, be connected with you for worship online. At 8:45, 9:45, and 11, tune in to our livestream or Facebook. We will have some music, and prayers (urgently needed right now!), and some reflections I’ll share. A full service, designed for you at home. By next week we hope to have some interactive mechanisms in place so we can connect with you even more deeply.

We hope and pray you understand the importance of doing our part to protect our people and make a witness to the way God is with us during this season. We are not alone. Thank God for the gift of technology to enable us to worship and be the family of God together in a time of physical distancing.

Your thoughts and prayers are welcome.

Your pastor and friend,



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You may know that I am stubborn, and that I’ve declared we’ll have church when there’s snow and ice. I never cancel.

And yet we find ourselves in an unusual season as a church, city, state, nation and world as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Know that God is with you, and all of us.

Your church leadership and I are continually monitoring the situation, in consultation with health officials and other churches. As of right now, your leadership and I have decided to transition from in person gatherings to new ways of being connected – for this peculiar season. We need each other, we need our connection more than ever! And yet prudence suggests we enter into a season of our small groups, choirs, Wednesday dinners – all weekday and evening groups – not meeting in person but online, via Zoom, phone, chat rooms and the like. We will help and guide you in how to do these things very soon!

As of today, we still plan to have worship in person on Sunday, with the ask that we not shake hands but reserve a little space between one another. Nods, elbow bumps, etc., are welcome! If you are sick, or just uneasy with coming, stay home and watch online.

We will also be sharing with you ways to be prayerful and worshipful if you’re increasingly isolated in your home. Cabin fever is something we want to alleviate as a church! Be on the lookout for ways to connect with God at home, and with others in your church family.

Know that our expenses during this season can’t be shut down. Your ongoing offerings during this time are much needed and to be celebrated. Mail to 1501 Queens Rd. 28207, or give online at

We are grateful for your understanding and patience. As soon as we sense that all is well, we will reconvene – as being bodily present to one another in our beloved church family is essential, much needed, and life-giving! We’ll get creative in the meantime as we find fresh ways to connect.

Your thoughts and responses are more than welcome! Let’s stay in touch – without touching!

Your pastor,