Looking Forward: Letter

A Letter from Bishop Benfield When this pandemic began and we closed our churches, many of us were looking forward to the Sunday when we would all return to church and it would feel like Easter at last. That sense of anticipation is probably more palpable now that Arkansas’s governor will allow certain businesses to start operations again on May 4. … Read More

Summer Camps Canceled for Camp Mitchell

A Letter from Bishop Benfield The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a directive for camps and faith-based operations, which states that “all summer camps, including pre-camp counselor preparations, cannot operate as usual this summer.” There is worry about bringing together large numbers of young people in cabin settings. The Health Department does not plan to re-evaluate this directive until … Read More

Holy Week and Easter in the Time of COVID-19

A Letter from Bishop Benfield​The Christian Church across the world is preparing for a Holy Week and Easter unlike any we have known. We will not be gathering in person, either to observe the Passion or to celebrate the Resurrection. It does not mean, however, that we will not find ways to gather. On Monday I had a Zoom meeting … Read More

Thank You for Being the Church

25 March 2020 A Letter from Bishop Benfield COVID-19, as nefarious as it is, has had at least one positive effect: it is bringing out the best of the people in our churches. I am hearing stories of outreach ministries, such as feeding programs, that continue to operate under new and challenging circumstances, and I know that our members are making … Read More

How to Love Your Neighbor During a Pandemic

An Update from Bishop Benfield All of us continue to struggle with appropriate responses to the presence of COVID-19, a situation that is taking us into uncharted territory as a church. I am not certain how long this virus will remain virulent among us, but I am certain that as Christians, the second Great Commandment should undergird the responses we … Read More