Devotional resources to share with members and other congregants is one of the needs identified by pastors and other local church leaders in recent research conducted by United Methodist Communications.
The Upper Room and the National Council of Churches are among the United Methodist and ecumenical agencies producing daily devotions online. A number of annual conferences and some local churches are also using their websites, email and social media to provide prayers, meditations and other resources daily and weekly. Some had been doing this before the COVID-19 pandemic, while others began the practice in the past two months.
Use the list below to checkout available resources. Send the information about other United Methodist or ecumenical devotional resources to add to this list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Access to Zoom meetings and other interactive resources may be limited. Local churches listed here are those offering daily or weekly devotions in addition to providing online worship. Here are other United Methodist churches offering online Sunday worship.
National Council of Churches: Prayer and scripture posted daily throughout pandemic.
Great Plains Conference: Daily devotions by clergy and laity, subscribe to receive via email.
Nebraska: "Snowdome of the Day" video devotions, Saint Paul (Benson) United Methodist Church, Omaha, posted weekdays on YouTube.
South Carolina Conference: Daily video devotional from Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.
Virginia: Welborne United Methodist Church, Richmond
Washington: First United Methodist Church, Auburn
Washington: Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Townsend, evening devotions.
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: “Online Devotions for Such a Time as This,” weekly entries to support collegiate ministries, church leaders and candidates and aspiring clergy.
Alabama-West Florida Conference: Devotional time with Bishop David Graves and other leaders, Mondays, 10 a.m. CDT, and lectio divina led by the Rev. Julie Hare, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. CDT.
Baltimore-Washington Conference: “Learn to Meditate Like Jesus, Live, directed meditations via Zoom with the Rev. Kendrick Weaver, Wednesdays in May, 10 to 10:30 a.m. EDT. Register online to receive participant information.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference: 30-minute prayer meeting on Zoom, Tuesdays, 12 noon EDT. Details at www.epaumc.org.
Illinois Great Rivers Conference: Subscribe to an email from the conference prayer team.
Massachusetts: Simple Church, digital dinner church, Worcester, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Missouri: The Gathering, St. Louis, Wednesdays.
Northern Illinois Conference: Weekly posting includes a calendar, scripture and devotion, holy humor and other resources.
Tennessee Conference: Weekly devotionals for children’s ministry leaders.
Texas: Sunset United Methodist Church, Pasadena, Monday.
West Ohio Conference: All In Community Weekly Prayer Gathering, Wednesday, 10 a.m. EDT.