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Flowing Water: The Christian Connection

'We have reminders of baptism everywhere.' Watch and download a meditation on how water connects us with our brothers and sisters around the world. View

Videos starring the people of The United Methodist Church


United Methodist Communications produces videos about United Methodists living their faith and making a difference in the world. These short features are easy to share or download. They can also be used in a wide variety of church settings, such as before or during worship, in Sunday school classes, or in small groups. 

If you have a story or suggestion, please contact Fran Walsh at 615-742-5458. 

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Slanted communion cups allowed Victorian era Methodists to avoid the appearance of drinking alcohol. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: Communion Cups

Have you seen an unusual communion cup set at your church? Learn some secrets behind the slanted glassware that many Victorian era Methodists used. View

United Methodist church families rescuing, rebuilding after floods

The flood affected 9 out of 10 households in some communities. Church families are stepping in to pick up, muck out and help people live into their new realities. Read More

Members of First United Methodist Church of Topeka look at a permanent history wall on display inside the church. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Church History Wall Unites Generations

Exhibit captures 160 years of church stories at a glance. “It’s more than just the building. It’s the people, important events, social issues and standing up for justice.” View

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church drum ministry shares musical gifts

“The reason I come to this church is to pray, celebrate God, and play the drums.” Visit a congregation that is growing to the beat of a steel drum band. View

Methodist reformer Frances Willard is seen in portrait. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Methodist History: Early Voice for Women’s Rights

Learn more about the 19th century reformer who fought for voting rights and full representation in the Methodist Church. View

The Rev. K Karpen remembers an impromptu interfaith service that drew hundreds to The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew following 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. K Karpen

Tragedy led to an impromptu interfaith worship service at a church near Ground Zero. “We were looking to each other for words and prayers all day long.” View

A photo taken following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York shows a memorial on the street. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

15 years later, New Yorkers remember how their home churches stepped up to feed and care for neighbors following the 2001 terrorist attacks. View

A Freedom School volunteer reads with a young scholar at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Freedom Schools “build strong, literate, and empowered children.” Photo by Gwen Kisker, United Methodist Communications.

Freedom Schools Shape Students’ Lives

United Methodists staff and support Freedom Schools to empower young scholars to become tomorrow's leaders. View

Job seekers network at event held by Roswell United Methodist Church near Atlanta, Ga. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Church Welcomes Job Seekers

Meet church members who use their spiritual, and professional gifts, to support those looking for work. View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers begin another school year, take time for prayer too. View

United Methodists in Côte d'Ivoire celebrate 100 years of Methodism with an original song called “The Buzz.” Video image courtesy of Cote d'Ivoire Annual Conference.

Côte d’Ivoire United Methodists Create Music Video

“There is nothing more beautiful than to be Methodist.” Church members sing and dance to an original song, written to celebrate 100 years in the faith. View

A man prepares to descend from a rock climbing wall inside Metzingen United Methodist Church in Germany.

Membership climbs at German church

Rock climbing gym in renovated building brings young people to church. View

Congregants receive communion at Urban Village United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Urban Village Does Church Differently

“The church is successful when it shows up in people’s lives.” See how a Chicago congregation is attracting young people and bucking trends. View

Statue of Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury stands on grounds of Drew University in New Jersey. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodism’s American Saint: Bishop Francis Asbury

He died in 1816, and Asbury's efforts helped Methodism become the largest Protestant church body in America just 75 years after his death. View

PET recipient Oke Seun meets PET Mobility founders Mel West and Larry Hills. Photo courtesy of PET Mobility Missouri-Columbia.

Wheelchairs That Work Anywhere

United Methodists invented a PET project to help those unable to walk find freedom and jobs. “It’s what Christ would do if he were here.” View

Donna Glessner volunteers at a memorial to those who died on 9/11. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

9/11 Memorial in Shanksville

In 2001, passengers of Flight 93 died to save others in the path of a hijacked plane. Now United Methodists help honor them at a memorial in Pa. View

A man eats a chili dog at Carraway United Methodist also known as the

UMTV: Hot Dog Church

Church cooks use food for fundraisers and to welcome newcomers. 'If we can show them the love we have, maybe they’ll go to church.’ View

Pastor Rudy Rasmus preaches at his Houston United Methodist church. Image by United Methodist Communications.

UMTV: Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips

Pastor Rudy's challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: "Don't bore 'em!" View

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

This is a time of year for taking journeys or starting out on new paths in life. Discover "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

The Special Pen Pals Program of First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, CO fosters new friendships across generations. Photo by Ken Redding Photography.

Church Pen Pals Seal Generation Gap

Special Pals ministry brings students and senior adult church members together, one letter at a time. View