Augusta District


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In light of our current situation, the Augusta District Office staff will work primarily remotely from home. We will still be available by e-mail, voice mail and our phones.  Your calls and messages will be heard.  We are asking for visits to the district office to be limited at this time.  You all are, as always, our priority and will be in our prayers as we pull through this together.

Tina Lancaster 706-651-8621

Beth Sanders 404-285-7207

Greg Porterfield 706-589-5650

Letter from District Superintendent Greg Porterfield March 17, 2020

Letter from Mission Specialist Beth Sanders March 17, 2020

From Beth Sanders:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your faithfulness in leading our Augusta District congregations through this challenging time.  We feel your pastoral hearts as you seek to gather people under the wings of God’s love even when we are advised not to worship together physically. 

This email includes links to articles I have compiled today with helpful information about worship, caring for one another, financial issues, and caring for the communities beyond our congregations.

Please contact me with your ideas for best practices in the season of Coronavirus so that we may share them with one another.  We also invite you to use our Augusta District Facebook page ( to share and collaborate with one another.  For example:  This past Sunday, Jody Alderman held drive-by worship at St. John in downtown Augusta, providing a reassuring presence to the community along with a large bottle of hand sanitizer.  Matt Stewart is working with other pastors and laity of congregations in the Greensboro/Oconee area to provide food to children in need while schools are closed.  What other things are you doing to provide God’s assurance, hope, peace, love, and joy through this crisis?

May the Prayer of St. Patrick fill you with peace this day and always.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me afar and anear, alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation.



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Beginners Guide to Online Worship

UMC Discipleship on Financial Issues during the crisis

UMC Help on How to Livestream Worship

UM News Story about how churches across our connection are shifting the experience of Sunday worship and other gatherings

Fresh Expressions, “How Your Church Can be Faithful During Coronavirus,” free webinar Wednesday, 3/18 at 1:30 pm

Tips for Youth Ministry (ideas work for other small groups as well)

NGUMC Facebook Written Question and Answer Session on Technology


District Superintendent


Greg Porterfield

Mission Specialist

Beth Sanders


Administrative Assistant

Tina Lancaster
(706) 651-8621

Contact Information

Office Address:
3332 West Cliffe Court
Augusta, GA 30907

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 204600
Augusta, GA 30917

(706) 651-8621 Phone