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 [...]

Urban Mission Ministering to More Families during Worldwide Health Crisis

By Rev. Ashley Steele* When the coronavirus was first detected in the United States, the Urban Mission (Ohio Valley District) in Steubenville began preparing for various scenarios at our ministry sites. Knowing that our food pantry, Unity Kitchen, and homeless shelters would be the most susceptible to an outbreak, due to the large number of [...]

Churches Foster Connection during time of Pandemic Isolation

By Rick Wolcott* “We are glad you are here with us during these interesting times in our nation. We are glad that we can worship together in Spirit and in truth.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Tom Joyce began Sunday’s worship service, which was livestreamed from the empty sanctuary of Fields UMC (North Coast [...]