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Live Nativity is gift to the community

An ecumenically-produced Live Nativity scene will bring a community together for worship and fellowship. Read More

Churches, schools partner to help students

A washer and dryer, notes of encouragement and a goal-oriented teen center make church-school partnerships work. Read More

Church invites others to see that ‘God is in the graffiti’

Youth in California use graffiti and tagging to interpret discussions of current events. Read More

How can I keep from singing?

"Sing" and candlelight vigil brings diverse groups together to seek peace and unity. Read More

The Rev. Charles Harrison (third from left) takes part in weekly faith walks to help reduce youth violence in three Indianapolis neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of the Ten Point Coalition

Faith walks, talks reducing youth violence

Faith-based coalition honored for reducing youth violence in Indianapolis. 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

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

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

Signs in English and Spanish identify the Water Resource Center at Asbury United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Asbury is one of eight churches providing filters, test kits and other supplies.

Hope for the long haul in Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has moved in and out of headlines across the United States, but the human need and compassionate response have remained constant. Read More

Children joined United Methodist Women from Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church to pack healthy meals for youngsters in the Project H.O.P.E. Weekend Food Program. Etta Carter, coordinator, teaches the children about H.O.P.E. Photo by Songhai Nelson. Photo cropped from original by UMCOM.org.

Through ministries with the poor, receivers become givers

"‘The poor' were nameless, faceless and distant ... I was pretty OK with that." Relationship-based campaign transforms those living in poverty and the congregations called to serve them. Read More

Communion is shared during the Believer’s Garden worship service held at The U  in San Antonio. This service is especially for adults who have cognitive and developmental challenges.

Special-needs ministries welcome, embrace families

A United Methodist deacon and author of a book for parents of special-needs children shares tips for how churches can make a place for these families. Read More

Ross Johnson helps post signs around the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, as an outreach from Anchor Church. A second-year seminary student, Johnson did his field education for Duke Divinity School at Anchor Church this summer.

21ST Century Evangelism: It is all about relationships

Far from the days of old-time tent revivals, modern United Methodist leaders seek new and innovative ways of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Read More

Fractured families seek strength, support

Pastors and churches can provide spiritual and emotional support and help find protection for adults and children living with domestic violence. Read More

Commentary: Syrian refugee crisis challenges us to respond

Displaced people are among the least of our brothers and sisters and a reminder that we still live in a broken world. Read More