To our sisters and brothers in Christ,
NCC Pilgrimage and the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church express our genuine sympathy and prayerful reflection to those that have or are suffering from COVID-19, and to those that have suffered from the effects of the ongoing pandemic.
At this time, NCC Pilgrimage will take place as planned and scheduled on November 13-15, 2020 in Fayetteville, NC at the Crown Complex.
We share this update recognizing the importance of the Pilgrimage event to the youth ministry of the NC Conference and to youth ministries at local churches amongst our connection. It is our intent to offer the 2020 Pilgrimage event in-person and with no restrictions so that we are fully able to support our mission of creating meaningful and Christ-centered learning, mission, and worship experiences for youth of the NC Conference.
Should circumstances change due to COVID-19, our team will make decisions to adapt the event as guided by public health officials and the recommended guidelines as set by our elected and appointed leaders at the state and national levels.
We are prepared to offer a Pilgrimage 2020 experience in one of the below three ways:
- A full, in-person event to be held in Fayetteville, NC at the Crown Complex on November 13-15, 2020 with no public health-recommended restrictions
- An in-person event held in Fayetteville, NC at the Crown Complex on November 13-15, 2020 with public health-recommended restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, should it be necessary, in which attendance could be limited
- A virtual event in which worship teams will gather in one or multiple physical spaces to offer a virtual worship experience for attendees to engage remotely
We are dedicated to reaching youth of the NC Conference which is why we are committed to live streaming each of the four general sessions of the Pilgrimage event, as we have since the 2016 event. This aspect of our ministry will continue regardless of the format of the 2020 event.
We are actively accepting applications for youth to lead in worship by Sharing Their Story, leading in song in the House Band, sharing their talents through the Creative Arts or by Sharing Scripture in a Language Other Than English. Youth-led worship will take place regardless of the format of the event and we encourage youth to apply to serve.
Our team is in active conversation with local health officials, teams at the Crown Complex and others across the NC Conference in regards to the status of the 2020 Pilgrimage event.
Updates regarding NCC Pilgrimage’s response to COVID-19 can be found at nccpilgrimage.org/covid-19.
Thank you for your partnership in ministry.
The Pilgrimage Ministry Team