COVID-19 and Local Churches

These resources are available to our local churches as they plan during this time of COVID-19.  Permission has been granted for their use.

Visit the Virginia Conference website for updates


November 18, 2020:  Mission and Ministry (M&M) Workgroup updates

November 9, 2020:  Bishop Lewis shares updates and revisions to the Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) are released.

October 15, 2020:  New documents were added to the conference web page including a modest revision to the Technical Assistance Manual
In addition, the Work Group has posted guidelines for recording and streaming sessions to encourage best practices in these settings. Also, there are some new ventilation recommendations.

Sept 24, 2020:  Town Hall sponsored by the Bishop's Work Group on Return to In-Person Worship is from 6:30-8 pm. Registration reached capacity, but the event can be viewed HERE (either live or after the event). 

Aug 24, 2020:  Employer Requirements for Virginia, including churches, have changed due to COVID-19.  Email from Doug Forrester, District SuperintendentEmployment Law Update - 9 pages. 

Aug 8, 2020:  Video with Bishop Sharma D. Lewis talking with Dr. George Moxley, VCU Health, on the continuing work Virginia United Methodists must do to manage the effects of COVID-19. Part One.  Part Two

Aug 3, 2020:  Modest Changes to In-Person Worship Protocols from Bishop Lewis and updated TAM (Technical Assistance Manual) 

July 24, 2020:  The Joy of In-Person Worship

July 9, 2020:  Clarification on Return to In-Person Worship from the District Office

July 9, 2020:  Bishop Updates Health Form Options in Stage Two

July 9, 2020:   Health Acknowledgment Poster

June 29, 2020:  Thanks for your perseverance

June 23, 2020: Return to in-person worship continues

June 16, 2020:  View Bishop's video on Stage Two Re-opening

June 16, 2020:  Bishop Lewis speaks to Expanded in-person worship and other church gatherings 

June 16, 2020:  Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) for Stage Two Re-opening (with 7-8-20 updates)

June 3, 2020:  Moving to Stage 2 For In-Person Worship

                        Communion guidelines during pandemic  

May 22, 2020: Drive-In and Pioneer Church Worship Services Remain in Place

May 14, 2020: Comprehensive Plan to ease restrictions on in-person worship 

May 9, 2020:  Tentative worship schedule; future plans

May 5, 2020:  Back to In-Person Worship Workgroup

April 15, 2020:   Frequently Asked Questions about VAUMC Precautions - updated 

April 14, 2020:  Bishop Lewis: Stay the Course

April 3, 2020:    Statement on Holy Communion during COVID-19 pandemic

April 1, 2020:     Bishop Lewis' Do No Harm message

March 26, 2020:  Update on worship cancellations and building uses from Bishop Lewis

March 26, 2020Guidelines for Essential Childcare Services

March 19, 2020:  Invitation to pray at noon each day

March 15, 2020 Recap of VAUMC COVID-19 precautions

March 13, 2020Worship cancellations 

March 13, 2020Guidelines for preschools, food pantries, funerals and wedding in the VAUMC

March 5, 2020:   Bishop's letter and resources


Nov 24, 2020:  Extending Permission to use UM Publishing House resources for ONLINE worship thru July 31, 2021

Sept 24, 2020:  Extending Permission to use UM Publishing House resources for ONLINE worship thru Dec 2020

March 25, 2020:  Free Resources for Holy Week and Easter from Dr. Marcia McFee of Worship Design Studio

March 24, 2020A Liturgy for When We Cannot Meet by the order of St. Luke

March 23, 2020:  Comfort Food a Feast of Love for use when churches are not able to gather for Holy Communion

March 15, 2020:  Online Worship help

March 12, 2020Advice on Canceling worship


April 17, 2020:   Online website for local church donations

March 18, 2020:  Online Giving recommendations from the Conference Treasurer


April 4, 2020:   Conference Treasurer's office establishes CARES Act Help Desk

March 26, 2020:  VAUMC Council on Finance and Administration prioritizes Apportionments

March 24, 2020 United Methodist Credit Union offers assistance

March 20, 2020:  Roanoke District offers optional deferment of District Apportionments

March 18, 2020:  Roanoke District offers grants for new online worship and giving 


June 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM "Now What" webinar with Paul Nickerson

June 8, 2020:   Alta Mons opens hiking, day use, and RV/Camping spots

May 22, 2020:   Alta Mons suspends Summer Camp

May 15, 2020:   Zoom Tips

April 30, 2020:  Congregational Resources from VA Interfaith Center

April 23, 2020:   Online Meeting Resources

April 21, 2020:   Counting Online Worship Attendance

March 31, 2020:  The CARES Act could help local churches

March 31, 2020:  GCFA's answer questions on the CARES Act

March 26, 2020Special Edition of District ENews

March 20, 2020:  Special Edition of District ENews

March 15, 2020: Digital Ministry Resources including communications, social media, virtual workspace, online meetings, and more.


Lord, help me
Be prepared, but not anxious.
Be aware, but not desperate.
Be vigilant, but not in fear.
Be joyful, but not clueless
Be faithful, but not careless
Lord, Be my hope and strength.
Fr. Goyo Hidalgo