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Invite for Advent with different ‘looks’

Different graphics with a common theme will let United Methodist churches use welcoming and worship resources that fit their culture during Advent 2017. Read More

Family camping builds relationships

Families grow in faith and relationships during church-related camping experiences. Read More

Topics, approaches vary in new Advent studies

Planning for Advent is rapidly approaching in United Methodist churches. Here are nine new studies to consider. Read More

Diverse congregations help these churches thrive

These four United Methodist churches thrive as multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-economic congregations. Read More

The Rev. Yohang Chun (fifth adult from left) hosts college students in his home on Friday nights. Photo by Shannon Hodson, Upper New York Advocate

Pastor feeds stomachs and spirits of Korean students

A United Methodist pastor in upper New York gives students from Korea a taste of home with weekly meals and Bible study. Read More

Syrian refugee receives visit ‘from Jesus himself’

A refugee entrepreneur from Syria thanks the United Methodists supporting him and his family as they build a new life. Read More

Couple bringing balance to young Native people’s lives

A couple in Oklahoma brings young Native American United Methodists together to build understanding and relationships. Read More

‘Diversity’ carries different meanings

"Diversity" carries varied meanings for United Methodists throughout the world. Read More

Diversity and Social Media: Q & A

Social media can be a tool to experience diversity and help create more diverse churches. Read More

A (Brief) History of the People of The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church in 2017 is a product of a world wide mission that began close to 300 years ago in England. Read More

Reading time. Grandparents who parent their grandchildren can face many challenges, but can also receive many rewards.. Photo by Christopher Fenoglio, United Methodist Communications.

Grandparents are parenting again

Churches can provide support to the growing number of grandparents who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren. Read More

Everyone is a storyteller

Master storyteller and United Methodist pastor Michael E. Williams contends that everyone tells stories -- and gives tips for doing it enjoyably and well. Read More

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO

Small and large steps make church carbon neutral

Solar panels, new lighting and appliances and more insulation contribute to this church's efforts to care for creation. Read More

In August 2016, Edna Rajan stacks cleaning buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

New UMCOR Sunday is March 26

It used to be One Great Hour of Sharing; now it is UMCOR Sunday. Here's why. Read More

'Live chidlike' ad campaign

New ad campaign features words of children

Children explain open hearts, open minds and oopen doors in new advertising campaign premiering now. Read More

child praying at mealtime

Remembering Holy Week, celebrating Easter at home

Remembering the events of Holy Week in age-appropriate ways with children will make Easter even more joy-filled for them. Read More

Faith formation begins at home

Looking for God in everyday life is key to growing your faith during ordinary life at home. Read More

Bible study group

Community nurtures relationships with God, other people

Whether it happens during a worship service, a small group meeting or a work project, spiritual growth can occur as we share time and space with others. Read More

Prayground - First UMC, Holland, MI

‘Praygrounds’ encourage little children to come

'Praygrounds' are a new -- and growing -- approach to including toddlers and other children in the worship service. Read More

Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues until sunset on Saturday, April 15.

Preparing for Lent

New devotional books and studies from Abingdon Press and The Upper Room and other new resources can help make Lent 2017 meaningful. Read More