Illinois was reported to hit 10,000 COVID deaths on November 5th, and a record-breaking 9,900 new COVID cases. Chicago city’s top doctors report that ‘in a group of 10 Chicagoans picked at random, there is a one in three chance someone in the group has COVID-19.’

With this new reality, your church leadership has decided to SUSPEND in-person church activities, effective immediately.




Please click here to read the "Broadway Reopening Plan" document. We ask that you please look at it and follow the guidelines whenever you plan to come to the building. We will continue to offer worship online until we are ALL able to be in the building, which means until we find a vaccine and it is available to ALL people -- medical experts estimate that to be sometime in 2021. 




Not able to attend in person but would still like to partake in communion? We will be using individually pre-packaged cups. We are delivering communion cups to members who will not attend worship in person. Please sign up here for communion sets to be delivered to you.

Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic




September 6, 2020: The building was re-opened for limited in-person worship with the following guidelines.


July 27, 2020: With COVID cases increasing, we have revisited our re-open plan with the church leadership and have decided to postpone the opening of the building until at least September 1. We will post additional updates here as they occur.


July 3, 2020: Broadway’s leadership has released phased re-opening specific to our building.

Please click here to read the "Broadway Reopening Plan" document.


We are reaching out to all our building users, but if you don’t hear from us, please reach out to Rev. Alka Lyall and the office.

You may read the July 6, 2020 Letter to BUMC Building Users here.

Friends, during this time of uncertainty and anxiety in our community, nation and the world, please know that Broadway United Methodist Church is here to be a support for the Lakeview neighborhood and the wider Chicago community.

Beloveds, whatever your circumstance, please know that YOU are not alone.

The community of Broadway UMC stands with the larger community of Lakeview!


The Northern Illinois Conference's ReTurn Team’s Plan for returning to our ministries in a safe and healthy way.

More information at


Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic


as of March 14, 2020; updates in red as of May 26, 2020


Greetings friends and partners in ministry,


Broadway's staff and leadership are working to address concerns during this ongoing situation. As of this date, we’d like to offer the following guidance regarding Broadway's worshipping community, ministries, and shared-space partner relationships. Our guiding principal is the well being of our neighbors. And, we believe, everyone is our neighbor, but particularly the most vulnerable and those with the fewest resources. To that end:


Suspension of Events Held at Broadway Church

Broadway Church has decided to suspend All in-person Broadway Church activities until at least Phase 4. Up to this time, and at that time, we will continue to evaluate the decision to determine how long the suspension will last. This includes worship services, for which an online option will be made available, meetings, Bible study and movie nights.


Until at least Phase 4, all in person meetings will be postponed. As we near that date, all 12-step and recovery and/or support groups will be re-evaluated on a case by case basis as the continuance of these may, we realize, be essential to the health and well-being of attendees.


Guidance for the Broadway Church Community

Get creative with meetings. If you are part of a ministry or group at Broadway, consider if you might accomplish your work or share with one another in another way: on the phone or online. For the larger Broadway community, we are looking into various options to keep us connected, such as a phone tree, online meetings, prayer options. How can we be the Body of Christ, take care of one another, stay in touch with members who are most vulnerable, and reach out to our neighbors in need? If you have any ideas, please let us know!


Guidance for Shared Space Partners

Until at least Phase 4, all in person meetings will be postponed.

We ask that larger groups be prepared to postpone events. Broadway is suggesting all building users that assemble in large groups or engage in activities that include physical or close contact to suspend gathering for a time. This will help limit the spread of the virus. Smaller groups, consider your options. If meeting is necessary, particularly to maintain recovery and support in a time of anxiety, consider meeting in smaller groups if at all possible. Consider inquiring if we can accommodate you in a larger room to provide more ample social distancing.


Guidance for Everyone

Keep it clean. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. Practice social distancing, keeping ample space between you and others around you in public spaces. Sneeze or cough into your elbow.

Stay safe. Per CDC Guidelines, we strongly encourage older adults and those with underlying health conditions to stay home when at all possible.


Together, we can do what is right in honoring our neighbors and friends, while continuing to encourage, pray for, and uplift one another and our community.


Please contact us if you have any questions.


Rev. Alka Lyall (815-474-6721) and the Broadway Ministry Advocates