Capleville United Methodist Church is 'rising up' during COVID-19 period


Rev. Autura Eason-Williams restocks books to her church's "LIttle Free Library" as one of many ways Capleville United Methodist Church is serving its Memphis, TN, community during the coronavirus period. (Submitted photo)

By Rev. Autura Eason-Williams
Pastor, Capleville United Methodist Church
Memphis, TN

We thank God for the way Capleville United Methodist Church (UMC), our sister churches and our community are rising up during this time of great anxiety. Capleville UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, continues to be connected with our church members and community.

  • Our Little Free Library offers a free book exchange in the community.
  • We have church members and neighbors making face masks for nursing homes. 
  • In March, The Sandwich Brigade made 800 sandwiches for Memphis Union Mission. The Capleville Community Food Pantry, an outreach of St. Mark’s, Peace Tree and Capleville UMCs, served four weeks in March, donned in masks and gloves and allowing only 10 people in the building at a time.
  • Since many of our servers and pantry participants are older persons with underlying health conditions, we are not serving in April. Instead, we donated food to a church pantry in a nearby neighborhood that has become a food desert. 
  • The week of March 15, we began posting to YouTube videos of scripture, sermons, choir music and midweek devotionals. We share them via email, on the Capleville UMC Facebook page, and the church website. Our members and friends who are not connected to the Internet, receive everything by mail. 
  • Capleville UMC’s Revive Youth Ministry led our Good Friday service via Zoom. We have a Sunday school class and other meetings via phone or Zoom. 
  • In the coming weeks, look for Capleville UMC to begin live-streaming.

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

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