Join a conversation around Advent and Christmas with Pastors Nicole Cox, Shane Frederick, and Jason Woolever hosted by Amy Shreve. Hear their ideas of providing safe, accessible ways to incorporate music, small groups, and worship themes into the Advent season. There will also be ample time to share questions and ideas from all participants.
The video will be available through the end of September 2020. May it continue to bless you as you communicate the good news in this unique time and beyond.
Micro Matching Grant for Online Worship Start-Up
In the spring, the Congregational Development Committee offered a matching grant for churches to assist in the costs related to online worship.
The committee has decided to open the application process again for a limited time (deadline: October 31, 2020) for churches which either did not apply or applied for less than the full $500 matching grant.
If your church is engaged in online worship and have found a need to upgrade equipment or if your church is moving to offering online worship, you can submit an application. (Note: The application requires specific plans and budget.)
The first Prairie Fire Resource Grant is awarded to Rev. Shane Fredrick at Sumter UMC! Their Education Director brainstormed buying three pop-up tents for the church lawn to house Wesley Band Meetings. This Fall, they'll begin groups meeting outside. Keep them in your prayers as they use existing leaders to facilitate these groups and may surrounding neighbors be curious and invited into fellowship and discipleship.
For a little fun, check out Congregational Development's video from Annual Conference 2016. What new ways of church are you dreaming of? Could a BBQ/dinner church or Minecraft community of faith be a reality?