Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic


November 7, 2021:

The Broadway community is currently in Phase C of our own re-opening plansIn-person worshipwith these guidelineshas resumed, as of November 7, 2021. Please sign up here if you wish to come to chuch in person. Those who plan on not coming to in-person worship can continue to access services via Facebook Live or Zoom (see events page). 


October 24, 2021:

We hope to have a soft ‘opening of in-person worship’ on Sunday, November 7th. Please do sign up here if you wish to come to church in person starting Sunday, November 7th.


September 3, 2021:

In July, after we made the decision to remain virtual for August, we thought we would be able to open for hybrid worship in September, but I do not feel comfortable opening -- in light of the growing cases of Delta infections in Chicago, us reverting to mandatory indoor masking, and news of several new mutations found in various parts of the world -- at least one of which is suspected to be vaccine resistant. So far they have found their existence mostly in Peru, South Africa and South America. However we need to be mindful of their existence and protect ourselves and those we love by wearing masks and getting vaccinated, if you haven’t already. We will continue worshipping virtually for now. ~ Rev. Alka Lyall


July 30, 2021: 

Dear Broadway Community,
I know so many of you were looking forward to returning to the building for worship, starting August 1st, so I am deeply saddened to share with you that I have made the decision to
continue worshipping virtually for the month of August. As you all know, the number of infections have begun to rise in our state, and even though vaccinated people are safer, I am hearing they may still carry the virus, which will definitely pose a problem for unvaccinated folk. Not knowing or wanting to ask anyone if they are vaccinated, I am sure you would join me in not wanting to put any unvaccinated person at risk. CDC has also suggested for vaccinated people to remain masked indoors, test if exposed, and quarantine if diagnosed positive.   I don't know what September will bring for us, so it is too early for us to say what our reopening plans will be. However, as always, we will definitely keep you posted. Thanks all for understanding and for your continued cooperation with these plans. ~ Rev. Alka Lyall 


June 11, 2021: Although Chicago has entered Phase 5, the Broadway community, in an abundance of caution, is still in Phase B of our own re-opening plans. The Broadway United Methodist Church building is OPEN for BUILDING users (group of 25 or less people). The Broadway worshipping community continues to be online only and can be accessed via Facebook Live or Zoom. Please see below our events page on how to join us remotely. We are tentatively planning to return to in-person worship in August, 2021.


May 25, 2021: In accordance with public health recommendations regarding public gatherings, the Broadway United Methodist Church building is now OPEN for BUILDING users (group of 25 or less people). The Broadway worshipping community continues to be online only and can be accessed via Facebook Live or Zoom. (See our events page for details.) The leadership team has prepared the building for use to the best of our ability, and with volunteer help. While in the building, if you find something that needs to be addressed, please reach out to the office and/or Rev. Alka Lyall.

April 25, 2021: While church activities remain online, the building is gradually re-opening for building users. Please see Phase B in our "Broadway Reopening Plan" document as well as the letter to BUMC building users we sent out last July. If you are interested in using space here at Broadway, please send the office a detailed message with your request, including dates, times, and estimated number of participants.


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