Lay Person Honored for Connecting Church With Community Online

Jennifer Stanton saw a need at the beginning of the pandemic. There needed to be a way to safely connect the rural community that Ebenezer United Methodist Church serves in the NW district of the Missouri Annual Conference. Using her gifts and skills as a senior technical sales engineer at Samsung she recorded elements of the worship service, then assembled the video and streamed the service online. The online presence created awareness and connection in the community and now reaches twice the number of people it did prior to the pandemic.

Jennifer shares:

“It was happening already before the pandemic, but now so even more…. We saw restaurants…either start up online ordering or completely go out of business. And the church has to adapt in the same way. Except, were ‘re not feeding them physically, we’re feeding them spiritually.”

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