SPECIAL PRESS STATEMENT
OFFICE OF THE RESIDENT BISHOP
LIBERIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
March 18, 2020-Monrovia/Liberia
The Liberia Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church, is equally concerned as the Government of Liberia on the report of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Country. Not only is this pronouncement scaring, but the reality that it’s fatal and has no cure, is even more worrisome and heartbreaking.
However, in the midst of this predicament, the Church strongly urges all Liberians and residents within our borders in general, and United Methodists in particular to take all required preventive measures for their safety and health. While the Church is seeking God’s intervention, everyone is encouraged to abide by all protocols that are been put in place to prevent being infected.
On yesterday, March 17, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Liberia Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church, convened an emergency meeting to consider measures to be taken in an effort to support the Government’s fight against the spread of this deadly virus. The Resident Bishop therefore constituted a task force named “LAC/UMC –COVID-19- Task Force”, whose primary objectives are the following: information gathering and dissemination, advocacy, resource mobilization, interventions and monitoring. This team is headed by the Conference Women President, Dr. Muriel V. Nelson, with the Chancellor of the LAC/UMC as advisor.
As new cases of the coronavirus are reported in our country and around the world, the United Methodist Church is urging education, caution and common sense — sharing a few basic guidelines to enable congregations and citizens/residents to find useful, relevant information to plan their course of action.
Some of these everyday precautions, focused on good hygiene measures, are common sense — helpful to keep in mind. Here are a number of precautionary measures you can take:
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures and pass this information along to family and friends.
In view of the prevailing circumstances in our country, the Episcopal Head of the United Methodist Church in Liberia ordered the following measures:
- LAC/UMC Central Office remained closed for two (2) weeks as of March 18, 2020 to observe the prevailing condition.
- All LAC/UMC Church Services including funerals, marriages, Choir practices, bible studies, prayer meetings, etc. are all suspended for two (2) weeks while the current situation is being monitored.
- All United Methodists are encouraged to have services with their family at home and pray during this period;
- All are encouraged to listen to ELUM, 98.7, the United Methodist Radio, for information regarding the next steps;
- Kindly support the work of the taskforce to ensure that all of us are protected and saved from this pandemic.
May God keep and watch over all of us during this period.