Centenary's Protocol and Response to CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Dear Centenary UMC Members and Friends,
As I shared with you on Monday, we are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across the globe and now into our community. Though there are only a small number of cases in our county, I am concerned about the many in the community who are at the highest risk were they to contract COVID-19. Upon the recommendation of medical professionals, and as an aid in slowing the spread of the virus, we are canceling all church events on a temporary basis.
What this means is that for the next two weeks (through March 28) all rehearsals, small groups, faith formation classes, Bible studies, and committee meetings will be canceled (unless the leaders of those groups decide to meet virtually). This suspension of church events could be extended as we follow COVID-19 developments.
We will only have one worship service on March 15 and 22. Leveraging our available technology, worship will be at 11:00 am via Livestream. You may access Livestream by going to www.centenary-ws.org/live-stream. While we will not be in worship together in the Sanctuary, it will be nice to hear God's Word and pray together during these interesting times.
As you read this, please remember that the ministries of Centenary UMC continue. Our staff will be working from the office or home, planning ministries of worship, discipleship and transformation. Our mission partners will be engaged in work on our behalf. Your ongoing offerings during this time are much needed as we continue to transform the world around us. Contributions may be mailed to the church office - 646 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or given online at www.centenary-ws.org/give.
I am thankful for your patience and understanding. We hold everyone's health in the highest regard. We will continue to monitor the virus and recommendations from the CDC and other officials. We will adjust our plans accordingly and share the news with you on our website, via Facebook, and through emails like this one. We need the church now more than ever. I look forward to seeing you (OK you will see me, but I will know you are streaming) on Sunday.
Reverend Dr. P. Glenn Kinken III
Dear Centenary Family,
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our community. By the end of the day tomorrow Winston-Salem will be under a Stay-at-Home protocol. I want to update you on what is happening at Centenary and how we are continuing in ministry through this crisis.
Though the church buildings have been closed to the public since March 13, the members of our facilities staff have been diligently cleaning every nook and cranny of our buildings. They have spent this time painting areas that needed sprucing up and completing a long list of little repairs throughout the building. We are truly blessed by their work and I cannot wait for you to see how our facility shines when we open back up.
Our ministry staff has been hard at work innovating the way we offer ministries of worship, discipleship and transformation. Current estimates suggest that we will not be able to hold corporate worship again until May 17. We will continue to offer LiveStream worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays and Roots Revival worship (pre-recorded) on Wednesday evenings. Our worship team is already making plans for how we will mark Holy Week and celebrate Easter. We will share those plans next week. Worship is central to who we are as people of faith and as a congregation. Our worship team continues to amaze me at how we can plan and envision worship in this everchanging environment.
Discipleship ministries are still happening, albeit in a virtual world. Some adult Sunday school classes are meeting via conference call, or video platforms. If your class would like to try the same, please reach out to Bret Cogan. He will be glad to help your group determine a best-case solution. Kate May has continued to develop, and publish via email, materials for our families to use for faith formation at home. If you have not received those please contact Kate. Our youth ministry has been offering virtual confirmation and small group. Please contact Tammy Pollock, if your teen has not connected with them and wants to. Our discipleship ministries help us grow in our understanding and practice of faith. The fact that we are sheltering at home can be a great catalyst for our faith development. Please take advantage of these opportunities.
Centenary UMC is still transforming lives in our community. Loaves and Fishes is still operating on its normal schedule each week, helping those who are most in need. The Shalom Project is helping take care of those who are medically at risk. Construction on our Habitat house has continued due to the diligence of the Habitat staff. As Winston-Salem shifts into this Stay-at-Home posture, our ministries of care will shift as well. Over the next couple of weeks our entire staff (clergy, program ministries, administrative, and facilities teams) will be engaged in reaching out to our membership. They will be calling to check in and keep us connected. It is our way of working to build and strengthen our community even when we cannot be in community. This is important, now more than ever. We look forward to our conversations with you.
As you read this, please remember that the ministries of Centenary UMC continue. Our staff will be working from home, planning ministries of worship, discipleship and transformation. Our mission partners will be engaged in work on our behalf. Your ongoing offerings during this time are much needed as we continue to transform the world around us. Contributions may be mailed to the church office –P.O. Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27102 or given online at
I am thankful for your patience and understanding. We hold everyone’s health in the highest regard. Our clergy and director level staff hold a daily video conference to monitor the virus and recommendations from the CDC and other officials. We continue to adjust our plans accordingly and share the news with you on our website, via Facebook, and through emails like this one. We need the church now more than ever. I look forward to worshiping with you on LiveStream on Sunday.