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St. Louis Salvation Army sign in a photo by Thomas Hawk, shared via Flickr, Creative Commons

Methodist History: The Salvation Army

The red kettles are a familiar sight at Christmastime. But did you know the group has deep ties to Methodism and Wesleyan tradition? View

Chef Lucy Chelton demonstrates recipes with Girl Scout cookies. Chelton also cooks for her church in Lansdale, PA. Photo courtesy of Lucy Chelton.

Young Food Network Star Cooks for Church

Chef Lucy Chelton was a winner on “Chopped Junior” and gladly shares her gifts in the kitchen. “It makes me feel like I’m showing God’s love." View

Church leaders attend the Safe Church Summit at Cathedral of the Rockies. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Keeping Churches Safe and Welcoming

What is your church's policy on guns in church? How do you keep children safe? A safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

A scenic photo of sun rays shining through tree branches in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jim Starr.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

'And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.' Take a moment to lift up your thanks to God this season. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

Musicians in the St. James United Methodist Church A-Flat Youth Orchestra in Kansas City rehearse.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Youth Orchestra Shapes Teens

Leaders of the A-Flat Orchestra are not just teaching kids to read music. “We have kids to reach, souls to save, and this program is all about that.” View

J.M. Smith founded Disciple Dojo and RefugeeJitsu to help refugee children build confidence and assimilate.

United Methodist Teaches Martial Arts to Refugees

JM Smith found a way to strengthen relationships with his young new neighbors. “I would want that if I suddenly found myself in another part of the world.” View

A member of Coraopolis United Methodist Church delivers Thanksgiving meals to paramedics and members of the military who work on Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving for Military and First Responders

"People love to feed one another.” A United Methodist church family makes sure no one has to eat alone on the holiday. View

Interior of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church as seen in January of 2014. Photo by Subodh Atal, shared via Facebook.

Lovely Lane:  A Methodist Birthplace

Dedicated on Nov. 6, 1887, this church became one of our most important buildings. “Your feet are truly on holy ground. Your eyes look upward and you see amazing things.” View

Photo by Thomas Hawk of a painting depicting hell. The work hangs in the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University.

Hell

Pastor Adam Hamilton shares his thoughts on the complicated concept of hell. "There must be a place for those who don't want to do God's will." View

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Heaven

Pastor Adam Hamilton shares thoughts on eternity. "I believe in the afterlife because Jesus talked about it. I believe in Jesus." View

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals

"I was taught at this church that everybody is family." Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors. View

Organ donation illustration from medlineplus.gov.

Organ Donation

The church celebrates Organ Tissue and Donor Sunday each November. This short video talks about the "gift of love and hope" you may not have considered. View

UMTV: Battle Buddies Mentor Veterans

Fellow vets support returning troops battling everything from PTSD to homelessness. View

Brigette Dietz (left) visits with her friend Sahize, a recent immigrant from Syria, at a weekly gathering for coffee, cake and conversation at the United Methodist Church in Lorsbach, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

German Churches Welcome Migrants

Nearly 500 United Methodist congregations in Germany have reached out to displaced peoples."We were neighbors to the new neighbors, helping them to find their place here." View

Wolfgang is a service dog for a veteran with PTSD.

For some vets, service dogs are the ‘best medicine’

Veterans dealing with PTSD say training a canine companion "provides a one-time fee for a dog, instead of a lifetime of medication." View

Former NBA player Shan Foster mentors a group of teens in partnership with the YWCA and United Methodist Men. Photo courtesy of Shan Foster.

NBA Star Asks Men To End Domestic Violence

Hear how one pro athlete helps young men find safe spaces to discuss their emotions as a way to curb domestic violence. View

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When struggling with tragedy in the news or in our personal lives, we turn to God for comfort, peace, hope, and strength. Watch and pray. View

Rev. Uwe Onnen talks to a resident in the church's care home in Hamburg, Germany. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

German Church Connects Retirement Center

A new assisted living community in Hamburg, Germany has all the amenities including a United Methodist church on-site. View

A child tries on a Spiderman outfit at the Nashville Costumes for Kiddos Project shop. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Recycles Halloween Costumes

A United Methodist church member created the Costumes for Kiddos shop for those in homeless shelters and after-school programs. View

A three-handled love feast cup is on display at the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History in New Jersey.

Methodist History: The What and Why of Love Feasts

John Wesley was influenced by the Moravians in adopting this Christian fellowship meal as a way of building community in the early days of Methodism. View

photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Social Holiness

Social Holiness means we live our lives with all of God’s creation. We walk with one another. View

Photo illustration of hands, by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Divorce

What can a divorced person expect at The United Methodist Church? Pastor Felicia Hopkins shares her own story. View

The Rev. Bob Deich leads the Early Response Team for the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Video image by Todd Rossnagel, Louisiana Conference.

A Personal Call: United Methodist Early Response Team

A Louisiana responder describes serving others after disaster hits. “I can’t stop it now, but I can come along beside people.” View

Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Annual Conference spoke to worshipers at a United Methodist church in Matagorda, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Video image by Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications.

Texas bishop assures church after hurricane

Bishop Scott Jones greeted worshipers with thanks and a strong message of support after Harvey devastated the area. "We're committed to being the hands and feet of Christ." View

Retired Army chaplain, the Rev. Bill Libby teaches a Sunday school class for fellow veterans at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Sunday School Class Supports Veterans

Church celebrates the unique gifts of those who've served. “You want to touch hearts and minds for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find some veterans.” View

Members of a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team  from the Inidana Conference pose with homeowner Edward Ortiz (center) in front of the team's construction trailer in Minot, N.D. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists: UMCOR’s “Feet on the Ground”

A leader with the United Methodist disaster response agency describes how church volunteers mobilize ahead of storms and other natural disasters. View

Edna Rajan stacks flood buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a warehouse in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2016.

Offer Support After Storms: Create Cleaning Buckets

Looking for a way to show support to storm survivors? Video shows easy steps to fill a bucket with the most helpful supplies for clean up after a disaster. View

Church Hosts Harry Potter Fans at Halloween

Each October, a Massachusetts congregation transforms their space into Hogwarts, and invites the community to spend a magical day with them. View