The Shoreline
Weekly News, Eastern Shore District United Methodist Church
ISSUE: Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Pastor Appreciation Sunday, celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October, is a good time for United Methodists to thank clergy for the work they do year-round. In the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, showing gratitude may need to look differently than past years. For ways you can show your appreciation go to

Charge Conferences off to a great start!

Last week we began our online Fall Charge Conferences.  Yes, they were a "little different" than the sessions we're use to, but they're working!  We broke out in small groups and shared how we can use this time during the pandemic to see others with the eyes of God. There was a time of worship --and get this -we were able to sing some old familiar hymns.  Oh yes, and we approved all the charge conference reports from several churches.  All this in only ONE HOUR.  I've saved the best news for last --there's NO DRESS CODE --you can wear your PJs or favorite sweats to Charge Conference and even enjoy a cup of coffee.  The DS has made voting very simple and easy to use.  We had a great attendance last week! 
Anyone can attend Charge Conference.  Those who need to, are the voting members which are the church council members.  Pastors and Administrative Assistants distribute the reports that need to be approved prior to the conference session.  We hope you will join us.  Ask your pastor for the Zoom link and passcode or if you need to attend by phone, they will provide that number as well.

From the dates and times, instructions, agenda and reporting to helpful information --you can find it all on our district website's Charge Conference Central located at!

New Info: Return to In-Person Worship
Today, the Return to In-Person Worship Work Group, established by Bishop Lewis, placed three new documents on its conference web page including a modest revision to the Technical Assistance Manual. This is now the third revision since the TAM’s initial release in June. The three significant changes in this version include:
1) a provision for the use of paper bulletins when they are placed by masked and gloved volunteers 24 hours before the service,
2) guidance for Sunday school classes that want to meet at times adjacent to worship, and
3) a clarification on distancing seating in pews to ensure 6 feet of separation.
In addition, the Work Group has posted guidelines for recording and streaming sessions to encourage best practices in these settings. Also, there are some new ventilation recommendations.
The Work Group continues to meet regularly to review and consider revisions based on the feedback of United Methodists from all across Virginia. We are grateful for the perseverance of our churches and other ministries through this pandemic.
Return to In-Person Worship page
Nominations:District Member to 2021 AC
Nominations for District At-Large Members to the 2021 Annual Conference are being accepted by the District Committee on Nominations. The 2021 members will be elected at our November 14th District Conference.  Please notify the District Office to apply:
Kits Collected on the Shore
Kendra Powell, Pastor of the New Hope Charge reported the following Conference Kits collected at our ES Site (Mears Memorial UMC in Keller):
Christ UMC -50 School kits; Downings UMC -14 Health kits and 27 School kits; Epworth UMC -6 Layettes and 18 School kits; Grace UMC -15 Cleaning kits; Mears UMC -12 Health kits and 12 School kits; Smith's Chapel UMC -18 Health kits

Total Collected:  44 Health kits, 6 Layettes.107 School kits,15 Cleaning kits 

The Conference Kit Coordinator is currently in the process of working on a plan for pick up and distribution.

For more information contact
Trick or Treat -COVID Style

The Bishop’s newly-formed Mission and Ministry Workgroup continues to diligently meet to develop policies and guidance to help Virginia Conference faith communities do ministry in this time of COVID. While the development of the primary document is still in progress, members of the workgroup would like to share some timely resources they believe will be of use to local churches.

As a reminder, plans for these events must still be approved by your District Superintendent. However, documents below, developed by clergy and laity from the Virginia Conference, should help you develop these plans.

Halloween Resources
Trunk or Treat – COVID Style (pdf)
Drive Boo Truck or Treat (pdf)          

Oct. 31 Set For Annual Conference
The rescheduled Annual Conference session will take place Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Annual Conference members should watch for an email by noon on October 5 that will ask you to verify or update your email address and phone number.

Go to  for information on the new October 31 session as it becomes available.
Date Set for District Conference
The Eastern Shore District Conference session will convene on Saturday, November 14 from 10 am until 12 noon via  Zoom meeting platform. More information soon!
Lay Servant Courses, Nov. 14
The 2020 Conference Lay Servant Academy will be held via Zoom on Saturday, November 14. The courses being offered are I Love to Tell the Story, Older Adult Ministries, and Online Worship. A Spanish course is being offered titled “Formacion Spiritual/Spiritual Formation” with Dr. Iosmar Alvarez.  Each course costs $30. The courses count for renewal for Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers.

For details, visit

Registration may be found at

Questions? Please contact Tianna Durbin, Lay Servant Academy Director,
Employment Opportunity
Local Church Part Time Administrative Assistant: 
Administrative work in church office in Parksley working four partial days weekly.  General bookeeping skills required using Quickbooks, Excel, Word, Outlook, Publisher and PowerPoint. Requires maintaining church website and Facebook page, communicating with church members, managing monthly newsletter, documenting church activities and donations  and maintaining calendar. Good oral and written communication skills are required as well as a friendly disposition.   Send resume to:
Eastern Shore District
Virginia Conference of
Phone: 757-665-6295
Rev. Alex Joyner, District Superintendent
Jennifer Hume, District Lay Leader
Connie Owens, District Administrative Assistant
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