Coronavirus resources for churches, media

Coronavirus resources for churches, media

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization identified COVID-19 as a pandemic.

  • On March 18, Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated that all Holston Conference church buildings be closed to the public. Large-group meetings (including worship) are suspended.
  • On April 3, she included drive-in or drive-through worship in the not-safe category.
  • On April 4, she granted temporary permission to Holston churches for online communion using specific guidelines.
  • On April 22, Bishop Taylor announced that the Holston Annual Conference meeting (previously scheduled June 7-10 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.) is rescheduled as an online session on June 27.
  • On April 28, Bishop Taylor announced that Holston church buildings would remain closed as a group until further notice, even though some state and local governments are relaxing stay-at-home orders.
  • On April 30, directors of Holston's five camps announced the summer camp season is canceled.
  • On May 13, plans for online versions of Annual Conference (June 27) and Clergy Session (June 8) were announced.
  • On May 23, Bishop Taylor said she was meeting with a task force and hoped to have a reopening plan by June 1.
  • On June 1, Bishop Taylor's task force released a plan for resuming in-person worship and other activities.

Holston Conference includes 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia.

Please visit our Coronavirus page at for more updates and resources.

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