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Editor’s Choice: Top United Methodist Videos of 2016

By Fran Coode Walsh*
December 7, 2016

One way to hear and see the story of the people of The United Methodist Church is through video features. As we wrap up 2016, we wanted to look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months as told through UMC.org videos.

A Time to Rethink Church

UMC.org videos put the focus on the variety of ways individuals and congregations are working to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. These 2016 videos found some United Methodists trying new ideas.

Living Sermon: Pastor Builds Tiny House

In “Living Sermon: Pastor Builds Tiny House,” we met the Rev. Rebecca Rutter who spent months building her own 98-square-foot house in a quest to leave a smaller footprint on God’s earth.
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Young people and others found their musical and spiritual gifts playing drums as part of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York.
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And this story offers a tasty idea for outreach ministry. Hamline Church United Methodist, in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area, set out to grow their church family by adding an outdoor pizza oven.
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A Time to Pray

UMC.org has published several video reflections for use by individuals or groups.

“To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation” was one of the most widely watched and shared in 2016.
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Another popular video was “Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer” which features words to express thanksgiving at any time of year.
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Also, “A Prayer for the Advent Season” is available for individuals, churches, or families to use during this season of anticipation.
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A Time to Look Back

UMC.org regularly shares videos about historical people and places associated with The United Methodist Church.

Charles Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist movement, was born in December, and his most famous composition, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” can be heard in churches around the world at this time of year.
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United Methodist historians say Charles and his brother John owe much of their success to their mother Susanna and the foundation built in their childhood home.
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And in this election year in the U.S., we visited an historic United Methodist church in Washington, D.C. dubbed the “National Church” due to its ties to presidents and politicians.
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A Time for General Conference

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body met in Oregon from May 10-20, 2016.

A video overview captured the sights and sounds of the 10-day gathering.
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A new anthem written for the church was unveiled at General Conference during a celebration for the Imagine No Malaria campaign’s success. We took you behind the scenes as the song was recorded.
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Ukulele Choir Connects Church Members

And a fun part of the coverage of General Conference included the unique sounds of a ukulele choir based at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas.
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A Time for New Ideas

We can hardly wait to bring you more video stories in 2017. If there are people or programs of The United Methodist Church you think we should feature, please contact us. Have a very happy new year!

*Fran Coode Walsh is Director, Member Communications at United Methodist Communications. Email or call her at 615-742-5458.