Churches Halt In-Person Services Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

United Methodist Churches will make the move to all virtual services starting Sunday, Nov. 22.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 5:44 PM

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has strongly encouraged pastors to suspend in-person worship services.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise, that's why United Methodist Churches will make the move to all virtual services starting Sunday, Nov. 22.

A move the church didn't want to make ahead of the holidays, but feels it the best option to keep everyone safe.

"My favorite thing in the whole world is to be in church on Sunday morning" says Pastor Dewey Miller of Central United Methodist Church in Evansville near Midtown Hospital.

Churches across the Tri-State are starting to take action once again to fight off the Coronavirus.

Pastor Miller says "We have kinda of an older congregation, we feel a lot of our folks are more susceptible to illness anyways because of their age".

Leaders within The United Methodist Church urging local pastors to suspend all in-person worship services immediately.

"We've had a couple of our members who've tested positive recently" adds Miller "I was surprised how strong this congregation is".

During this dark time in history church leaders fearful parishioners could become more stressed, even falling depressed during the holidays without a place to worship or decompress, especially those church members without family.

"The church is not really this place, the church is the people, and we are finding ways to be together and still have community" says Pastor Miller.

United Methodist Church in-person services will discontinue until at least the first of January. Virtual services at Central United Methodist Church start at 9:15 Sunday morning.

"We love being in church, and we hate not being here" adds Miller.

There have been no discussions regarding additional restrictions involving Diocese of Evansville parishes across their 12 county service area.

Meaning Christmas Mass could still be canceled if cases of the virus continue to surge.

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