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Icebreakers, Fun Games and Activities for Children

8/31/2016

By Darby Jones, United Methodist Communications Many children find it difficult to open up right away and share their thoughts in Sunday school. The following games and fun icebreakers are designed to put children at ease. Ground rules Don't offer individual prizes. Team prizes and consolation prizes leave everyone feeling good. Make sure games...


How UMCOR Stretches Your “Disaster Dollar”

8/30/2016

Through a partnership, UMCOR helped bring service dogs to visit children who live in a Florida community recovering from tornadoes. Photo: Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center What is a “low-attention” disaster? By Susan Kim, UMCOR Contributor August 18, 2016 — Your contribution to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)is helping ...


Top Four Worst and Best Ways to Help After a Disaster

8/26/2016

Photo by Hannah Terry, The Texas Conference Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, was a hub for relief work by various agencies after flooding in the city in May 2016. By Susan Kim, UMCOR Contributor When disaster strikes, often we see heart-wrenching images on television. People have lost everything. Their homes are swept away or ...


Life Will Go On College Parents

8/25/2016

Photo by Susan Passi-Klaus, United Methodist Communications College-bound Shannon Thompson and her mom, Pam, have become pros at making the transition between college and home, but each admits that it's not always easy. From United Methodist Communications Pam Thompson has some good advice for parents sending a child off to college for the first ...


Global Ministries Head Speaks at National Press Club

8/24/2016

From The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church Thomas Kemper of Global Ministries to Discuss Deeper Meaning of His First-Hand Experience as a Survivor of Istanbul Airport Attack General Secretary to be Featured Speaker at National Press Club Newsmakers Event in Washington, DC on Friday, August 19 August 15, 2016 ...


UMs Among Dead from Bloody Attack in Beni

8/23/2016

By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service A United Methodist district superintendent in East Congo was wounded and two of his sisters were killed when the city was attacked on Aug. 13. Although the government is reporting 51 deaths, the United Methodist leader said the death toll was closer to 101. The attack is being linked to the rebel ...


Lawson: Black Lives Matter Shows Need for Change

8/22/2016

UMNS photo by Mike DuBose The Rev. James Lawson talks about Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement during a break from teaching at the Children Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute in Clinton, Tenn. By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service | CLINTON, Tenn.  A great social awakening that started with the civil rights movement is ...


The Five Most Difficult Questions for Pastors

8/19/2016

A UMC.org Feature By Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications In some professions, questions about love and life just come with the territory. Hairdressers and cab drivers spend a lot of time listening. So do United Methodist pastors, who often get questions after worship on a Sunday morning, from a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon, or ...


South Central Jurisdiction Realignment

8/18/2016

From the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Following 2012 General Conference, a jurisdictional task force has been researching hypothetical scenarios regarding the possible realignment of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ). Rev. Jim Welch, representing the Texas Annual Conference on the study committee, collaborated with ...


Five Great Outreach Ideas for Families

8/17/2016

Photo by Balazs Toth By Jeremy Steele, United Methodist Communications Reaching out to families in your community is central to building a healthy church. Some congregations have discovered the success of a "Parent's Night Out," where they offer free or inexpensive babysitting. Some also have made great strides in bringing back family worship. ...


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