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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

Christmas Eve Stream

United Methodist churches streaming on Christmas Eve

United Methodist churches across the United States will be streaming their services on Christmas Eve. If you can't worship in person, choose one of these and join in! Read More

Af-Amer Methodist Heritage Center

African-American Methodist Heritage Center celebrates 15th anniversary

Fifteen years from its founding, the African-American Methodist Heritage Center is a growing repository of papers, journals, photos and more that preserve a legacy. Read More

CD4AP-fresh market

Churches can reclaim role of promoting good health

Promoting healthy living locally to be among goals for 10,000 partner churches as part of The United Methodist Church's new Abundant Health initiative. Read More

Teen MOPS -- Lafayette, Inc.

Teen moms get support, encouragement

Being a mom to a preschooler is hard. It is especially hard for a teenager who is still trying to grow up herself. A ministry called Teen MOPS (Mothers of... Read More

Physical fitness at Carson UMC in Iowa

Sweat is evidence of body stewardship

Pastor’s emphasis on physical fitness builds bodies -- and Body of Christ -- at Carson United Methodist Church in Iowa. Read More

Prayer at New Day  Camp

Camp: A gift for those with special needs

People throughout The United Methodist Church have a special calling to make sure all children and youth – including those with special needs – are able to experience camp. Read More

Meditating at Manidoan Camp and Retreat Center

Patterning Jesus: Get away and rest

If Jesus could find time for rest, prayer and time apart, shouldn't his followers do the same? That is why United Methodists are avid supporters of camping and retreat ministry. Read More

Health Fair - FUMC, Gilford, NH

Faith community nurses minister at grassroots

Faith community nurses focus on holistic care of the spirit and body, emphasizing health promotion and illness prevention. In United Methodist congregations, some nurses are members of church staffs while... Read More

Breaking the taboo: The church and mental illness

Churches are places of refuge, places where spiritual families can talk about anything -- even mental illness. But, even in church, stigmas continue and conversation about mental illness can be... Read More

support for transitioning foster youth

Arizona church helps foster youth transition to adulthood

Youth aging out of foster care programs face challenges when it comes to finding meaningful work. United Methodists in Arizona are providing cars, clothing and coaching. Read More

Brain Fitness Club

Alzheimer’s program boosts more than the brain

Activities exercising their bodies and their minds are offered to members of the Brain Fitness Club for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Read More

E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic-Wichita, Kansas

Clinic offers care for the whole person

For 30 years, the E. C. Tyree Health and Dental clinic has emphasized medical care, prevention and patient education. Read More

Macdenoia - Thanksgiving Altar

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

Macdenoia - Thanksgiving Altar

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

Macdenoia - Thanksgiving Altar

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

Christmas teddy bear

12 days before Christmas

Giving "12 Days of Christmas" before the holiday can bring cheer to those for whom the holidays are lonely and or painful because of the loss of a loved one. You... Read More

‘AIDS is not over yet’: United Methodists continue fight

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. Each year, the observance brings people together to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and remember... Read More

Welcome voters to your church

Election Day at churches that serve as polling places can be busy and sometimes disruptive. It also offers an opportunity to extend hospitality to people waiting in long lines. Read More

Advent wreath - blue candles

Make Advent a countercultural experience

"Be countercultural when preparing for Advent," advises the Rev. Carol Cook Moore. She recommends several strategies for laity and clergy to provide a haven for worshippers and community members during... Read More