Western Ohio Mission Center
Welcome to the Western Ohio Mission Center (WOMC) Website. We proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace!
We are the congregations of the Community of Christ in western and central Ohio.
Winter 2020 Events
- October 1 – November 21, Autumn History Lecture Series: Church History Without Boundaries, Thursday evenings at 8pm
- November 30 – December 21, Online Advent Series: Trust What is Being Born, Mondays at 10am or 8pm (Register by Nov. 23)
- December 6, Online Advent Worship, Sunday at 5am or 3pm
Online Ministry Opportunities
Online services are available with Community of Christ congregations across the globe. We hope you will consider joining us online – we know that uncertain times can be particularly difficult to weather, especially in isolation or with limited opportunities to gather with others.
**If your congregation is also offering online services, please contact Vern Foster so the information online can be updated to include your congregation and services as well.
Ongoing Response to COVID-19 Virus
13 March 2020
After considering many factors, the First Presidency advises congregations and mission centers to suspend church gatherings such as worship services, meals, conferences, funerals, and other group activities in response to the projected spread of the COVID-19 virus. The anticipated duration of this recommended suspension of group activities is three weeks.
The Presidency bases its recommendation on the following principles:
- The church’s response should emphasize preventative, rather than reactive, strategies to keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading as quickly as many infection-rate models indicate.
- A primary prevention strategy is “social distancing. According to the USA Centers for Disease Control, that involves “remaining out of congregant settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” between people whenever possible. Social distancing is especially challenging for people in church settings.
- The church’s response should emphasize “protecting the most vulnerable” (Doctrine and Covenants 164:6a) in our congregations, cities, towns, and villages. This includes our senior members and those already affected by other health challenges.
All World Church sites now are closed to the public, and World Church-sponsored events are canceled through at least Monday, 13 April 2020. This includes the Temple Complex, Peace Pavilion, and all historic sites. International Headquarters staff will continue to support operations while the sites are closed to the public. Reopening the sites to the public will continue to be evaluated as the situation unfolds.
This situation is fluid. Church-related COVID-19 updates will be provided at www.CofChrist.org/covid-19.
In addition to church-initiated preventative measures and recommendations, we are upholding all nations and congregations impacted by this pandemic in prayerful concern, love, and hope. Our faith assures us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1–2 NRSV).
The First Presidency