KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will return to online worship in the Kansas City area, the church announced Tuesday.
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area, the church said worship, programs and ministries will go virtual beginning Nov. 22.
Christmas Eve services, which have seen attendance of more than 30,000 people each year, will also be stream online.
The Church of the Resurrection has locations in Leawood, Overland Park, Olathe, KCMO and Blue Springs.
New COVID-19 restrictions are set to go into effect in Johnson and Jackson counties, as well as KCMO.
While churches are exempt from the gathering limits in Johnson County, Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton wrote in a letter to the congregation the church leadership feels “we should do our part as a church to reduce the likelihood of spread of the virus by suspending in-person worship until at least the end of January and possibly to the beginning of the season of Lent in February.”
Hamilton also encouraged his congregation to wear masks in public, social distance, and make wise choices about Thanksgiving plans.
Those interested can watch services online on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Services also air on KSHB’s sister station, KMCI, on Sundays at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and midnight.