Dear Friends in Christ, what a difference a few days or even a few hours make in the midst of a crisis.
Last Saturday, we gathered as an Annual Conference at Albion College, to take significant action for our denomination, today such an in-person gathering would not be permitted, as our Governor has banned all gatherings of 250 people or more throughout the state, due to the coronavirus and COVID-19.
Just yesterday, I sent a pastoral letter encouraging good hygiene and appropriate social distancing as you make decisions about worship and church events.
Given developments of the last few hours, I need to ask more of you as Michigan United Methodists. I am asking that each United Methodist church in Michigan refrain from in-person gatherings for the remainder of the month of March. This would include worship, Bible studies, and any other meetings.
See the rest of the Bishop’s message here.
March 23, 2020 Update – An additional message from the Bishop in response to the Michigan Governor’s Executive Order – here.
Additional information on the Michigan Area UMC website here.