Based on the recommendations of public health officials, Bishop Karen Oliveto has requested that all in-person worship and gatherings be suspended. As our congregations move their worship services online, we are gathering resources here to support churches as they plan for or adapt to this change. If you have a resource to recommend, email them to: email@example.com.
Special thanks to the Greater Northwest Area and the Desert Southwest Conference for sharing information to conferences in the Western Jurisdiction.
Below is a chart of local churches offering live-streamed worship services or small group connections. If you would like to add your church's virtual resources, please click this link for a public shared Google document.
|Church location||Link||Worship time|
|First UMC, Sheridan, WY||YouTube channel||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
|St. Paul's UMC, Helena, MT||YouTube channel||11 a.m. Sunday|
|First UMC, Gillette, WY||Facebook Live||9:15 a.m. Sunday|
|Community UMC, Ogden, UT||Facebook Live||9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday|
|The Land, Aurora, CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Lander UMC, Lander, WY||Livestream channel||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Highlands UMC, Denver, CO||Facebook Live||9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Christ Church UM, Denver, CO||Facebook Live||10:15 a.m. Sunday|
|Tri-Lakes UMC, Monument, CO||Watch Live; Facebook Live||11 a.m. Sunday; 6 p.m. Wednesday Lent Study|
|First UMC, Newcastle, WY||Livestream channel||10 a.m. Sunday|
|First UMC, Boulder, CO||Zoom info||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|McClave UMC, McClave, CO||Facebook Live||9:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday|
|Crossroads UMC, Grand Junction CO||YouTube channel; church website||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Good Shepherd UMC, Thornton CO||Facebook Live||9 a.m. Sunday|
|Mission Valley UMC, St. Ignatius, MT||Facebook Live||10 a.m. Sunday and recorded|
|St. Paul's UMC, Boulder, CO||YouTube channel||
|Glendive UMC, Glendive, MT||Facebook Live||11 a.m. Sunday and recorded|
|First UMC Great Falls, Great Falls, MT||Facebook Live||9:30 a.m. Sunday and recorded|
|Aldersgate UMC, Butte, MT||Church Sermons Page||Recorded|
|University Park UMC, Denver, CO||Facebook Live||10 a.m. Sunday|
|Stevensville UMC, Stevensville, MT||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Mountain View UMC, Woodland Park, CO||Conference call line||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Heritage UMC, Littleton, CO||Facebook Live; church website||Recorded|
|Simpson UMC, Arvada, CO||Facebook Live||Recorded|
|Wilson UMC, Colorado Springs, CO||Facebook Live||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Parker UMC, Parker, CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Platteville UMC, Platteville, CO||Facebook Live||11 a.m. Sunday|
|Park Hill UMC, Denver, CO||Livestream channel||10 a.m. Sunday|
|St. Luke's UMC, Highlands Ranch, CO||YouTube channel||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Longs Peak UMC, Longmont, CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Washington Park UMC, Denver, CO||Facebook Live||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
|First UMC, Golden, CO||Facebook Live||10 a.m. Sunday|
|All Billings UMCs, Billings, MT||Facebook videos||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|First UMC, Missoula, MT||Church website||Devotionals 8 a.m. Mon-Fri; 10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Hilltop UMC, Sandy, UT||Church website||10:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Grace UMC, Missoula, MT||Facebook Live|
|Redlands UMC, Grand Junction CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|First UMC, Fort Collins, CO||Church website||9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday|
|Christ UMC, Fort Collins, CO||Church website||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
|Phillips UMC, Lakewood, CO||Church website||Recorded|
|Evergreen UMC, Evergreen CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Korean American UMC, Colorado Springs, CO||Church website||Sunday live stream: 9 a.m. English service; 11 a.m. Korean service|
|Littleton UMC, Littleton, CO||Livestream channel||10 a.m. Sunday|
|Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO||YouTube channel||Recorded|
|Springfield UMC, Springfield, CO||Facebook videos||Recorded|
|Cameron UMC, Denver, CO||Church website||9 a.m. Sunday|
|Bozeman UMC, Bozeman, MT||Church website||9:30 a.m. Sunday|
*Beaver Creek Youth Camp and Christian Retreat is offering its own Zoom link for churches to use for Sunday worship and gatherings. Please contact Gene Haning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 873-5311.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for faith communities when it comes to connecting with people in meaningful ways. As you make decisions, consider what would work best for the people in your community and use this as an opportunity to stretch into a new practice, perhaps one that you will embrace even after some semblance of normalcy returns.
Rev. David Valera and Patrick Scriven of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area offer advice in this video for churches as they contemplate this move, identifying some of the challenges along the way.
To equip local churches in the Western Jurisdiction with online worship resources, the Desert Southwest Conference is hosting a webinar series. Each webinar will be a live Q&A session on topics related to digital ministry, such as streaming platforms, music and video licensing, alternatives to online worship and more. DSC Director of Communications Christina Dillabough is facilitating the conversations.
A ONE LICENSE license grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centers, and other worshiping bodies permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from any of our Member Publishers. A ONE LICENSE Podcast / Streaming License grants permission to podcast or stream religious services that contain music from our Member Publishers. For new customers or for existing customers who do not already have a Podcast / Streaming License, ONE LICENSE is able to offer a one-month gratis license, valid through April 15, 2020.
The Mission Aligned Worship process provides a means for small, rural, and isolated churches to have access to a high quality worship experience with a minimal investment of time and money. We do this through leveraging recorded sermon content made specifically for this process and pair that with music, prayers, and other necessary resources.
Mountain Sky Digital Devotion is a brief online experience of worship every Monday through Friday, beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing until Pentecost. Participants across the conference and beyond come together via Zoom conference call each day at 6:30 a.m. for 20 minutes of scripture reading, devotion, sharing, and prayer.
TechSoup is an online company providing nonprofits with discounts on all kinds of technology. One of the deals TechSoup is currently offering is Zoom Pro accounts (same as the Mountain Sky Conference) for $140 per year, compared to the regular price of $240 per year. The church will need its EIN number in order to set up a TechSoup account, which they can get from the church treasurer. In addition to Zoom, churches and nonprofits can also find deals on:
Currently, TechSoup is offering a course called “Pivoting to Remote Work – COVID-19 Response Course" for free.