BRD Monthly - April 2021
Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
WNCC Second Sunday of Easter Service
On the Sunday after Easter (April 11), the Western NC Conference will offer a conference-wide virtual worship led by our District Superintendents, with music and liturgy from pastors and churches around our conference, and a homily from Bishop Leeland. Clergy and worship leaders, take a much-needed break after the Lenten season and worship with friends around the conference.
The video files will be available for download by Wednesday, March 31st through Dropbox and Vimeo, and for viewing on the WNCC website and YouTube. The service will also be streamed on the conference Facebook page on Sunday, April 11th.
Registration Now Open for Live with Chris Singleton, May 2nd
The Blue Ridge District, in partnership with Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, President and Lead Coach of WaterRock Institute, is excited to host Chris Singleton at 2pm on May 2nd, live online via Zoom. We hope you will join us as we hear from and enter into conversation with Chris who is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC.
Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate."
Please register here for this event. (A zoom link will be sent upon confirmation of your registration).
Support for Ongoing Live Streaming
As congregations begin to move back to varying levels of in-person worship, some are finding live streaming of worship services to be an ongoing need and desire for connection. If your congregation is moving toward a permanent solution for live-streaming, the Blue Ridge District would like to help you navigate this new terrain by providing grant money toward consultation and education in purchasing, setting up, and running live-stream equipment. The Blue Ridge District will partner with participating congregations by providing $300 of a $400 consultation fee which will include:
- An in-person consultation to assess your needs and budget
- A presentation of customized options
- Assistance in choosing the appropriate equipment
- On-site installation and training
If you would like to participate, and are willing to invest $100 toward a consultant, please email Shonnie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will help you get started.
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