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Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO

Small and large steps make church carrbon 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

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

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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