Dear Indiana United Methodists,

We are in a new year with new challenges and opportunities. May 2021 be a year of blessing, generosity, and adaptability.

I share this message as COVID-19 cases continue to increase and hospitals are near capacity. As your bishop who cares for you and the well-being of all of our families and communities, I ask you to stay the course with an abundance of caution.

I know it has been difficult not meeting in gathered sanctuary worship. Please continue moving forward for the foreseeable future using adaptive ways of connecting. I believe it to be the better part of wisdom to continue to not meet in person at your churches.

It may be months down the road, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. God is able, even in dark times. May we choose to be a blessing by reaching out and calling or writing or communicating support for one another. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).

Be encouraged,

Bishop Julius C. Trimble
Resident Bishop
Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church

Also, according to, clergy in Indiana who see patients in the healthcare setting are eligible for the COVID vaccine. To find a vaccination site near you, click here.