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September - October 2013

Practices of the ancients aid modern prayers

A resurgence of ancient prayer practices has United Methodists and others across the United States experiencing traditional spiritual exercises in new ways. Read More

Tips for developing church-school partnerships

Adapted from "The ABCs of back-to-school outreach" by Barbara Dunlap-Berg Read More

Advent activities, services

Readers responded to Interpreter's invitation via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to share Advent and Christmas traditions in their congregations. Read More

Ministry spotlight - jail ministry

In 2007, Betty Hawkins was visiting the Sumner County Jail in Tennessee when she noticed children sitting in the visitation room with nothing to do. Read More

Ministry Spotlight - Saturday Cereal Feature

In 2011, church leaders and members decided to strengthen the children's ministry at the St. John's campus. Read More

Encircled in Love

Poverty isn't just financial or a lack of money, explains Christina Tellis of Dayton, Ohio. It's also a lack of resources and relationships. Read More

Children’s Ministry Resources

Resources for developing ministries with children living in poverty Read More

Children’s Sabbath

Children's Sabbath unites religious congregations of all faiths across the United States who share concern for children and commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf. Read More

Vacation Bible school adds Christmas, Easter programs

Therese Finney had a vision for vacation Bible school that went beyond summer. Read More

Farmers’ Market Prayer Booth

Shoppers take comfort in prayer at farmers market Read More

Online training for leaders

Visit to register for any of the free, one-hour webinars sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship. Read More

First Thoughts: Welcome the child, welcome Jesus

When we care for the weakest and most vulnerable among us, it is as if we are caring for Jesus himself. Read More

‘Trick or Treat’ for UNICEF

United Methodist children can teach about alternative giving when they ask their neighbors for money rather than candy or other treats on Halloween—and then give away the money they... Read More

World Communion Sunday

Offering aids chaplain's journey into one-on-one ministry Read More

Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday, set for Oct. 20, is United Methodists' annual celebration of the work and mission of laity in their everyday lives, as well as within the church. Read More

How do United Methodists name God?

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is using an online survey as part of its effort to understand United Methodist attitudes about language for God. Read More

Keep in touch

Going away to college is a time many young people drop out of church. But there are many ways churches can stay connected. Read More

Stepping up to the SNAP Challenge

According to Feeding America, food insecurity—a lack of dependable access to enough food to sustain a healthy life—is a reality for one in six Americans. Read More

Students focusing on children in poverty

United Methodist collegiate ministries on campuses across the United States will engage in ministries related to children and poverty throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Read More

Anticipating Advent

Abingdon Press and The Upper Room have new devotional books for Advent 2013, which will begin on Sunday, Dec. 1. Read More

Ministry spotlight - kids’ junction

Each Tuesday, First United Methodist Church in Galax, Va., opens its financial office to help families who need assistance with utility bills, food vouchers and more. Read More