Millington First United Methodist Church continues to worship, teach and serve during coronavirus period

4/10/2020

TOP PHOTO: Martha Hunter has sewn handmade masks for Food Pantry volunteers at Millington First United Methodist Church. She and other church members also are sewing masks for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare employees. BOTTOM PHOTO: The church's Seekers adult Sunday School class has been meeting via video conferencing. (Submitted photos)


By Linda Cooper
Administrative Assistant, Millington First United Methodist Church
 
Amid the coronavirus outbreak and stay-at-home directives the congregation of Millington First United Methodist Church (FUMC) has expanded its online worship presence, found new tools for discipleship and creative ways to continue its outreach into our community to serve those in need.

The church is located in Millington, Tennessee, in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church
 
Millington FUMC has been live-streaming its worship service online via Facebook for some time now as a way to spread God’s word to our greater community. With the coronavirus outbreak, we have added a new YouTube channel to expand our reach to those who may not use Facebook.
 
We also have an adult Sunday School class, the Seekers, who are not deterred by COVID-19. They are currently meeting by video conference call, using the app ZOOM to study God’s word. Each Sunday, the class has between 15-25 participants. Throughout the Lenten season, the Seekers have been following the lectionary readings and discussing them together.
 
Our Children’s Church lessons are being posted on Facebook and our church’s website. The children of our church and community recently completed a video titled “Thankful”.  The children created signs and sent in pictures, thanking all essential workers who continue to do their jobs, taking care of all of us who are staying at home. The video has been posted to our church Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as our church website. Click Here to watch video.
 
FUMC continues to serve our community through our Food Pantry ministry. Volunteers observe social distancing guidelines, while still providing food for those in need. The ladies of our church who sew have made masks for our pantry volunteers and are making masks for employees of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.

Our Weekend Backpack ministry is feeding families in need by partnering with local small business Olympic Steak & Pizza, providing $25 restaurant vouchers to each of our backpack families for two large pizzas and an order of breadsticks.
 
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Millington FUMC continues to worship, teach and serve, spreading God’s word and His love.

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How is your Memphis Conference church/congregation adjusting & adapting to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic? What new ways have you found to worship, share devotions & hold Bible study? How are you continuing to serve & reach out to your community? What new technologies are you learning & embracing to communicate & maintain your connection? Share your stories & pictures! Any word count is acceptable, but 100 to 200 words is ideal. Please include who, what, when, where, why & how. Email communications@memphis-umc.org

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