Churches Host Innovative Vacation Bible School


By Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant Vacation Bible school, VBS, is a long-time summer staple. Young people take part in fun activities such as hearing stories from the Bible, designing arts and crafts and eating delicious foods and snacks. Churches are developing new ideas for VBS to enhance the experience for ...

Conference Treasurer's Notes: May 2022


Moving Clergy Payroll/IRS Quarterly Payroll Reports/Form 941 As we head into the moving season for our clergy that are receiving a new appointment, many ask about the payroll timeline. First payroll is not to be paid in advance by Annual Conference action.  With moving day being June 28, 2022, it is appropriate to pay the pastor the final June ...

Communications Learning Week Helps Participants Develop Their Skills


Nashville, Tennessee – United Methodist Communication (UMCom) has announced a week-long ecumenical training opportunity launching this spring for anyone in ministry seeking to enhance their communications skills. Communications Learning Week: Taking the Next Step will be held May 9-13, 2022 and is designed with busy schedules in mind. All of the ...

The Journey Continues Together Teaching Series: Part 1


Brothers and sisters in Christ,  At long last, we are quickly approaching the joyous time of togetherness that we call the session of annual conference! I want to spend some time sharing with you the deeper dive on how we arrived at this year's theme, "The Journey Continues Together" and why it's so timely and powerful to this current season. This ...

New Strategy for Superintendence in Greenwood and Hattiesburg Districts


Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ, Out of a commitment to transparency, I am excited to share with you what the cabinet and I have discerned as a great opportunity that we believe will lead to beneficial innovation for the Mississippi Conference. Over the last 32 years, the number of churches in the conference has decreased from 1,313 down ...

Place Ads Now in the Award-winning AC Session Circuit Rider


The Circuit Rider Souvenir Journal will serve as a go-to guide for the 2022 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference happenings and close-by points of interest. Additionally, it will highlight the mission and ministry happening throughout the Mississippi United Methodist Conference. Recently, at the 2022 United Methodist Association of ...

United Methodist Men Announces New Resources and Brand


The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) is introducing a “modern way” of doing men’s ministry. Greg Arnold, General Secretary & CEO, said we are approaching men’s and scouting ministry with a much larger and more modern vision. The Commission has re-imaged how men’s and scouting ministry can be effectively offered, packaged, and ...

UMCOR Collaborating to Relieve Suffering of Ukrainians


Nearly $1 million of essential medical supplies and equipment sent to Ukraine thanks to  joint effort between UMCOR, the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation and Ohio Health.   ATLANTA (April 20, 2022) – The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a Texas-based humanitarian organization focused on Ukraine and Ohio Health are collaborating...

The Circuit Rider: April 2022


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2022   In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about celebrating what it means to #BeUMC, the United Methodist Women's new name and notes from the conference treasurer.   Also, mark your calendars for upcoming deadlines, events and giving opportunities. Read about these happenings and more by clicking on the image...

#BeUMC, Mississippi


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2022 You are invited to take part in celebrating what it means to #BeUMC. We are blessed to share a connection to ministry in our local churches, throughout our state and around the world as The United Methodist Church, that meets the needs of people suffering and in crisis as well as continues to take the gospel to...

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