Five Metro District churches help provide over 1500 COVID-19 vaccines


For five Metro District churches, Holy Week in 2021 brought socially distanced lines of masked community members eagerly anticipating their turn to roll up their sleeve. 

Hickory Grove, University City, The Place, North Davidson, and St. Mark's United Methodist Churches, in partnership with VAX VAN, a mobile service serving the Charlotte area with rapid testing and vaccinations for COVID-19, provided convenient, safe, and hospitable locations for members of their diverse communities to receive their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

"We experienced deep, holy moments each day," says Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Metro District Vitality Associate. "Ordinary people helping ordinary people. There were volunteer translators on-site who translated, but we also witnessed everyday people, [who were there to receive a vaccine] allow those in wheelchairs, walkers, and elderly to jump to the front of the line. We saw community members step in to help those who needed assistance with navigating the check-in and registration process. Even after they had completed their fifteen-minute observation after receiving their shot, they stayed to ensure the person(s) they assisted completed the duration of the vaccine process."
Church volunteers not only assisted with logistics at the vaccine sites, but also had the opportunity to talk with community members, pray with them, and provide comfort to those who were nervous and scared. 

Over the course of three days, these five churches were able to provide space for over 1500 people to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. 

"Once again I am reminded of the power of being a connectional, global church," says Dr. Hand. "I would like to say thank you to my colleagues, to the churches and volunteers, to the people who came out for their vaccines, and to our community partners - The Latino American Coalition, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, WSOC, and all those who shared this opportunity on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their community apps. I thank God for the privilege to serve the Metro District with each of you. The Church is the light of Christ in the world that leads to transformation. Praise be to God!"

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at