(Updated April 21, 2020)
As the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic makes its way around the world, churches can play a key role in preventing the spread of the illness. This page and the pages linked below will be regularly updated with new information and resources as the COVID-19 outbreak and response continues to unfold across North and South Dakota.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough is asking all United Methodist congregations in the Dakotas Conference to suspend in-person worship until at least May 10. He also urges the postponement or cancellation of all non-essential, in-person small group meetings or gatherings in our church buildings during this timeframe.
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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem request that all citizen follow the CDC guidelines for social distances and refrain from in-person gatherings of more than 10 persons. This is what this means for churches:
- Churches should not have in-person worship.
- All church employees who are able to work from home should do.
- Pastoral care visits should be done by the phone or via video call—FaceTime, Skype, Zoom.
- Staff, ministry team, committees, children’s ministry, youth ministry and other group meestings should take place virtually.
- Record or stream worship services with 10 or less people present, following social distancing guidelines.
We will continue to provide frequent email updates to keep you in the loop and equip you as best we can to respond to COVID-19 within your congregation and community. If you have coronavirus-related questions for us, or things you'd like us to address in future updates, please email or phone the Dakotas Conference Communication team.