Dear Key West United Methodist Church,
We are living in a time of tremendous change for the church. Some churches had livestreaming as an extra ministry, but most churches were definitely an in person community. Some churches had Twitter accounts and YouTube channels, but they were in big cities and with mostly young people.
Now almost all the United Methodist churches in Florida are livestreaming on Sunday mornings and having small groups and meetings through programs like Zoom. We are definitely in this new majority. And it has been eye-opening.
People who are not Christians or sort of Christians or used to go to church Christians are tuning in to church services. It is so much easier to "go to church" on a computer or a cell phone. One article I read said evangelism has gone from "very hard" to "very easy" in our new reality.
We are also staying in touch with folks who go north for the summer or moved away. Our church community is a lot bigger now. We are also connecting with younger people and extended family members and friends.
One of the keys to all this is to stay connected personally with each other. On Facebook say hello to each other in the comments. Keep on calling each other. Join a small group. It turns out that these personal connections are one of the main ways God makes us a Church!
Love and Prayers,