Greetings Center Grove Church Family and Friends:
On behalf of the pastoral staff and church leaders, we pray that each of you are well. These are uncertain times, but our hope is in God – our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey regarding your thoughts on the church and COVID-19. This survey is intended as a tool for our church leaders to adapt as needed to assess the needs, concerns, and circumstances of our congregation as they consider eventually reopening the church. The purpose of this survey is to seek your input regarding both when we should reopen and how to properly accommodate our congregation and community when we reopen. If you have further questions, concerns or ideas, we invite you to provide that information at the end of the survey.
As we work to keep things a normal as possible during these days. Here are some links to ideas that parents can use.
- Sharing Kindergarten https://sharingkindergarten.com/continuous-learning-activities/?fbclid=IwAR19PyIGNdhBJ905wuSMSvjq6sMKPUk0Jko70pmoTBNjfFssYJcvDXo-MoQ
- Virtual Field Trips https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR3Bib0dX6EGplukLB_ruSp3t9ow7CLfxu2TUEb5sA1lP0IRbfEviIzmhg4
- Non-screen activities with kids https://medium.com/pobble/simple-and-fun-non-screen-activities-that-children-can-do-at-home-115543cb3b9c
- Praying with Kids https://www.illustratedministry.com/2017/ways-to-pray-with-kids/
- Cooking with Kids https://www.pbs.org/food/theme/cooking-with-kids/ and https://cookingwithkids.org/resources/ (bilingual English / Spanish resources)
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a letter to Kim Simpson, Chairperson of Commission on the General Conference and Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, the bishops cited travel restrictions to the US and the possibility of potential spread of the virus and quarantine as the main reasons for seeking the postponement.
The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years to revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. It is scheduled to meet May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The bishops are also concerned about the essential value of a global church that gathers with a fairness of representation, adding that they believe that injustice would occur if a number of delegates from a particular area are not able to be present, due to visa or health restrictions.
“We write out of a deep love for our global church and as a tangible way of giving spiritual and temporal oversight in our role as shepherds and we are guided by the core value of helping delegates to do their best work,” said the letter signed by COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter and COB President-Designate Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.