Church Trick-Or-Treat Alternative Brings Smiles to All

By Brett Hetherington* On a bright and beautiful Halloween Saturday Grandview United Methodist Church (Canal District) welcomed to the church’s front yard “pumpkin patch” children from its Cuyahoga Falls community. In the weeks leading up to Oct. 31, unsure whether the city would permit trick-or-treating due to social-distancing requirements put into place because of the [...]

Congregation Uses Its Worship Wagon to Spread the Love of Christ

By Rick Wolcott* A smattering of drivers honked their car’s horn on Sunday, October 18 in response to liturgist Pat George asking, “You know this COVID has certainly changed our lives but how many of you today can still say, ‘Thank you God for your goodness to me?’” George stood at the pulpit looking out [...]

Portable Porch Parties Keep Congregation Connected

By Brett Hetherington* Connecting with one another amidst the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us the past nine months. Virtual vacation bible school, Facebook live family dinners, and neighborhood caravans are a few of the many ways that East Ohio Conference congregations and faith communities are creatively reaching [...]