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When it is not the most wondrous time ...

How does the church minister to those for whom the holiday season is less than joy-filled? 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

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

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

‘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

Holy Communion

Communion on Election Day can make a statement

Across the United States, United Methodist and other churches will open their doors on Nov. 8 for Election Day Communion, acknowledging the hope found in Christ and participating in holy acts... Read More

Mark Windley

God’s grace: Presented/re-presented through the sacraments

They are rituals as old as Christianity itself. A pastor takes bread and cup, recounts God's saving activities, gives thanks and serves the people. A person, often an infant, is... Read More

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve: No Gimmicks Allowed

Tell the Christmas story in Scripture and song and do it in ways that make everyone attending the service feel included. That will make your Christmas Eve service special, say... Read More

What Young People Want from the Church - Emily Echols

Worship without Communion seems incomplete for wife of chaplain who is often in ecumenical settings. Read More

What Young People Want from the Church – Mike Baughman

Interaction and celebration -- two of the top six (of 15) things that church planter Mike Baughman says young adults want in preaching. Read More

Father’s and Mother’s Day get complicated

May 6, 2015

Mother's Day and Father's Day are worthy of celebration in church. However, worship planners and Christian educators need to do so with sensitivity. Read More

The Rev. Jerry Herships (left) is founder of AfterHours Denver. The congregation meets in a bar – and serves sandwiches and offers Communion daily in a park that is home to part of Denver’s homeless population.

New places for new people energize worship, outreach

Starting new places for new people in New Mexico's Hispanic/Latino communities is a personal mission for the Rev. Lourdes Calderon. Read More

An impromptu choir sings together during Christmas Eve worship at a renovated warehouse in Nashville, Tenn.

Worship: Experiencing grace in community

As society loses touch with its history of Sunday being a day for church and rest, United Methodist clergy are encouraging congregants to remember their roots and the importance of... Read More

Zach Arco and Casey Dysert serve on the six-member team that produces and video streams live the worship services from North Naples United Methodist Church in Florida.

Reach outside the walls

Are you a technophile or a technophobe? The Rev. Ted Sauter from North Naples United Methodist Church in Naples, Fla., is a little of both. Read More

(From left) Jill Boone, Sandy Cobb and Denae Shelton make up the communication team at Calvert City United Methodist Church.

‘Facebook church’ connects worshippers

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" may be the United States Postal Service's unofficial motto, but it could also apply to Calvert City United Methodist Church... Read More

A precious part of history, spirituals continue to heal

African-American spirituals, also known as Negro spirituals, are a familiar, precious part of American history. Today their melodies are an integral part of worship services. Read More