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Lovely Lane to Close Out of Caution – Please Read Below

[Update March 27, 2019 - The Bishop for Baltimore-Washington has asked that all churches remain closed through April 26, 2020]

March 13, 2020

My Friends,

“We’ve come this far by faith, Leaning on the Lord;
Trusting in His Holy Word, He’s never failed us yet.”

The last twenty-four hours have been an intense time. Just three days ago we heard the Bishop of the Washington Diocese of the Episcopal Church close all Episcopal Churches in DC, Northern Virginia and most of Montgomery County, especially after the incident at Christ Church in Georgetown. We anxiously waited to see if Bishop Easterling would issue a similar directive. Then I started receiving emails, the NBA put its season on hold, other teams have followed suit. There will be no NCAA Men’s or Women’s basketball teams this year playing in March Madness. Broadway shows have been shut down. Even golf has hit the pause button for three weeks.

The Bishop was clear that she did not want to tell local churches what to do as each ministry setting is unique, from Paw Paw, WV, to Solomon’s Island, from Frostburg to Frederick, from Baltimore to Washington, DC we are the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference…just over 600 churches. But yesterday the Governor of MD, Larry Hogan, held his news conference. It became clear as schools across the state are being closed starting Monday that it would be the wise thing to exercise caution as we remain faithful.

We have been asked to close Lovely Lane UMC, along with our sister churches across our Annual Conference. This will take place Saturday starting March 14th at noon. This will give time for our overnight groups to clear the premises. We will be working to inform all outside groups that our building is closed (The Lab School is closed for two weeks). Of course, we will be present for emergencies as they develop.

We are so sorry that we have to move in this direction, but caution is requiring this of us as we take measures to keep all people safe and healthy. We are working to share worship in some meaningful way from home on Sunday. Stay tuned for those details. You could send your offering to the church; the bills will keep coming.

I would welcome your suggestions for how best we can be in touch with each other. This might go on for a while. “Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”  By Rav Yosef

How can you take care of yourself in this time of a worldwide health crises? Follow Wesley:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” -John Wesley

Cards, phone calls will go a long way. We’ve been practicing for this! Church isn’t a place we go; it is who we are! LOVE ONE ANOTHER! Reach out to your caregivers, nurses, doctor’s office and let them know you appreciate them being on the front lines. Drop cookies off at a firehouse; be the church.

We know some in our congregation do not have internet access or email and we will work to make sure all are informed. Stay tuned for more details. If there is anything you need contact me directly 301-641-4601, I’m just a phone call away.

As I close, let me share this prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Wiggins Belim.

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury or working from home
remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have flexibility to care for our children
when their schools close
remember those that have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin of money
in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,
let us choose love during this time
when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbor. Amen.

May God bless you and yours; we are a family in this together,

Rev. Deb Scott

John Strawbridge
Lay Leader

At Lovely Lane, we find renewal in our faith, our fellowship, and our service to others. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we invite you to share in our worship, our programs, and our space.

Find Us

2200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-889-1512

Parking Available:
Park in the Baltimore Lab School parking lot, 2220 St. Paul Street
Just north of the church
Enter lot off of 23rd Street (south side)

Or park in the MD Geological Survey parking lot, 2300 St. Paul Street
Enter lot off of 23rd Street (north side)

Accessible Parking / Access:
Park in the Lovely Lane Museum parking lot
Enter from 22nd Street & Lovegrove Street (alley)
Elevator access to Sanctuary level

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Reconciling Statement

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was excluded from churches of the Church of England because he welcomed people the church ignored or excluded, and preached that God’s grace is for everyone. (Edwin Womack, Another Choice, UM Insight, 10/31/16). We, the members and friends of Lovely Lane UMC: Baltimore City Station, the Mother Church of American Methodism, boldly follow in Wesley’s footsteps by declaring that our doors, table and altar are open wide to welcome all, including the ignored and excluded of our day.

We wish to be known as a reconciling church. We will always seek to work towards unifying rather than dividing our church family and try to encourage others to do the same. In our unique role as the Mother Church, steeped in history, we proclaim that a mother loves all her children equally.

We believe that each person is of sacred worth. In response to Jesus Christ’s radical (non-traditional) teaching of hospi-tality towards all, we welcome and affirm all people regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental disabilities, socioeconomic status, educational background, political party or marital status into full participation in the life and ministry of Lovely Lane UMC. We commit ourselves to being inclusive of all who seek to join us in a faith community reflective of God’s love for all.


Out of caution for the COVID-19 outbreak, Lovely Lane will be closed until further notice.

2200 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21218
Church Office: 410-889-1512

Join Us

Worship: 11:00 am

Social Hour 12:00 noon
Building Tour: 12:00 noon

The Museum is closed for renovations through October.

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