FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2021
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we move closer to Holy Week, we are filled with the joy and hope of the Resurrection. It is the desire of all God’s children to worship and commemorate this sacred season in the life of the church and participate in ways and traditions we have engaged in all our lives. However, this is our second Easter in the coronavirus pandemic, and we encourage those worshiping in person and those considering worshiping in person to consult your pandemic leadership teams and worship planning teams about ways to safely participate in the following Holy Week activities:
You can reference more detailed guidance here.
For those congregations who are not yet comfortable with in-person worship you can continue to worship in your own congregation’s online services or connect with other online worship services nearby in your district. Easter is a great time to experience online connectionalism with our neighboring United Methodist churches via Zoom, their websites, Facebook, YouTube and other social media.
When the pandemic task team gathers again after Easter we’ll be looking toward the near future and discussing summer activities such as vacation Bible school. Additionally, we’ll talk about the future of the church and the role that digital discipleship will serve in the church long after the pandemic has ended.
Praying that your soul prospers as your health prospers,
The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team
Dr. Marcus Gaut Dr. Bob Ford
Dr. Steve Shirley Dr. Thais Walden
Mrs. Lynette Harris Mrs. Sarah King
Rev. Haywood Hannah Rev. Trey Skaggs
Rev. Dr. Joe Ranager Mrs. Jamie Beatty
Mr. Cameron Cloud
Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. Rev. Vickie White
Rev. Dayna Goff Rev. Fred Britton
Miss Jasmine Haynes Mr. Mike Howington