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A Message from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis:

As you may have heard, this afternoon President Trump called for places of worship to be deemed essential and allowed to be open this weekend.

The Conference already has a plan to resume in-person worship beginning this weekend through a select number of in Drive-In and Pioneer Church services. These are listed on the Conference website at http://doc.vaumc.org/News2020/ReminderofIn-PersonWorship.pdf.  Our implementation plan for a return to in-person worship resulted from careful analysis and prayer. We believe we have provided a framework for a safe return to in-person worship and our plans remain in place.   

If your church is not a Drive-In or Pioneer Church on May 24, 2020, please consider talking with your District Superintendent about becoming one for future Sundays. For additional information about our return to in-person worship please visit our website: https://vaumc.org/return/.

I am proud that our Conference has continued to worship through online and recorded worship services over these recent difficult weeks and I am looking forward to attending a Pioneer Church Worship service on Sunday.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Peace and Blessings,
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

Click here for a pdf copy of this message.