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A United Methodist Meditation: Knowing God is Nearby

Even when it seems things could not get any worse, we can take a moment to reflect on the wonder of all creation and to thank the Creator. 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. 

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A parishioner reads a Bible in Beijing, China. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

United Methodist Beliefs: Is the Bible Literal?

Adam Hamilton talks about interpreting biblical stories. ‘They’re really not trying to tell us the story of some ancient people. They’re trying to tell us about ourselves.’ View

Homeowner Betty Johnson hugs volunteer Jamie Jones who was part of a mission team from Santa Monica, Calif. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Beliefs: Missions

Scripture and the words of John Wesley can help us know who our neighbors are and why United Methodists are called to be in mission. View

The Rev. Gilbert Caldwell poses with his wife Grace, and sons Dale and Paul in front of Bryantville United Methodist Church.

Gilbert Caldwell: Voice for Justice and Human Rights

The retired United Methodist pastor reflects on how his relationship with MLK and involvement in the civil rights movement shaped his life and ministry. View

Blind painter Jeff Hanson has raised over three million dollars for charity. Hanson credits his church with encouraging him.

Blind Artist Beats Odds, Gives Back

Despite significant health challenges, a young United Methodist uses his talent to help others. His work has sold to celebs like Elton John and Billy Joel. View

Participant takes aim Bows with your Beau event at Northampton United Methodist Church in Ohio. Video image by Clay Kisker, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Cupid’s Arrows Fly at Church Valentine’s Event

Unique date nights with archery lessons get couples out of their routines and into some friendly competition. 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

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

The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Kaylee Naomi Avita Guerrero. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

“Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey.” Watch and download a meditation about the sacrament, and reflect on how it nourishes your own faith. View

An artist's depiction of Francis Asbury's ordination at the Christmas Conference of 1784 at Lovely Lane Chapel in Maryland.

Methodist History: The Christmas Conference

“Every Methodist preacher in America left their homes and their parish on Christmas Eve. For them the important place to be was in the church forming this denomination." 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

Image of Joseph in stained glass. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, courtesy Flickr.

Faithful Father: Lessons from Joseph

‘No other man had a greater influence on Jesus in mentoring him and shaping him than Joseph.’ Adam Hamilton shares thoughts about this faithful figure. View

Hana Saleh and Elaine Koger pose for a photo at an annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Heartsong United Methodist Church and the Memphis Islamic Center. Video image, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Bond with Muslim Neighbors

When a mosque went up across the street, a congregation had a clear choice. “We could be cold to them, or we could welcome them to the neighborhood.” View

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

These Protestant prayer beads were made by United Methodist artisan and author Kristen Vincent. Photo courtesy of Kristen Vincent, Prayerworks Studio.

Prayer Beads for United Methodists

United Methodist artist says anyone can find focus and improve their prayer life with beads. View

Screen grab from video. Nativity figure courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, TN.

Nativity scenes: More than meets the eye

The figures in that familiar Christmas decoration offer faith lessons, too. Learn about the symbolism in the creche. Read More

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

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