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Worship Plans through Easter

Bishop Carter and the Appointive Cabinet met to prayerfully discern their collective guidance to churches regarding public worship after April 1st.  We recommend churches not hold any public worship through Easter Sunday (April 12th).  This decision is based on the current CDC guidelines around public gatherings and the action of many local authorities to enact shelter at home restrictions.  We encourage churches to continue to worship virtually and connect with people through other creative means.  We reflected together on the Wesleyan  Quadrilateral’s four aspects of Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Christian Experience as a resource to make this decision.   
 
We continue to affirm and support the live-streaming of worship by local churches across our conferences.  We are making mini-grants for technology to make this possible and offering coaching on how to begin offering worship in this way.  This is an act of loving our neighbor, an attempt to flatten the curve, to care for the most vulnerable and to protect health care professionals working on the front lines.  We are praying for all of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and especially for our health care professionals. 
 
We encourage churches to continue to reach out to their neighbors and find ways to show the love of Christ during this time.  We will revisit public worship after April 13th in the coming weeks and we look forward to the day when we can celebrate the resurrection of Christ together!   
 
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