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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

 

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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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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 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 we are struggling with difficult news in our personal lives or in the world, we can ask God for comfort. 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

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

Image of factory workers. Courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress.

Methodist History: 1908 Social Creed for Workers

Since the time of John Wesley, the Methodist church has taken a strong stance for the rights of workers. View

Rachel Ritchie plays on the inclusive playground that she raised 100,000 dollars to build.

Child’s Dream Inspires Inclusive Playground

A young United Methodist church member wanted to create a play place where all children are welcome. And she raised all the funds to make it a reality. View

Actors prepare for a scene in,

Eagle Scout’s Film Fights Cyberbullying

A United Methodist teen created a tool to empower parents and kids to stop the abuse of cyberbullying. View

Stephanie Young attends Craft Memorial United Methodist Church in Columbia, Tenn.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Recovery Church Offers Fresh Start For Addicts

“Nothing could fill that hole. Nothing but God.” Those recovering from addictions find new hope thanks to a United Methodist ministry. View

Students listen during a VBS session led by members of St. Paul UMC in Abilene, Texas. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church’s Vacation Bible School Reaches New Kids A New Way

A Texas church changed how they did VBS and found new life for the program. “It is reaching new people in ways we never dreamed.” View

A U.S. soldier enjoys a cookie sent by members of Alpharetta (GA) UMC. Image courtesy of Alpharetta UMC.

Church Collects Tons of Cookies for Troops

When a U.S. soldier told a pastor he missed Oreos while deployed, the church jumped in. Now they send cookies with prayer notes to those who serve. View

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. 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

River church welcomes paddlers on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Blessings Flow at River Church

Olympic paddler-turned-pastor brings worship service to the waterside. "The river is our church. But it is nice to have someone to pray with there." View

Lindsay Stanfield sold lemonade, cookies, jewelry and other items to help homeless people and people with cancer. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Eight-year-old spends summer helping those in need

The young United Methodist sold lemonade, cookies, jewelry and other items in her front yard, with proceeds going to help homeless people and people with cancer. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about original sin and the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

Chuck Knows Church: Tree of Knowledge

Chuck explains the story of Adam and Eve's original sin in the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis. View

First United Methodist Church in Montgomery offers respite care for those facing memory loss. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Values Gifts in Those with Dementia

Those facing memory loss can face isolation too. Respite program offers space to still contribute to the community. ‘There are many things we can do.’ View

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

United Methodist 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

Joe Mykos volunteers at McEachern (Ga.) UMC with the Car Care Ministry. Image courtesy of McEachern United Methodist Church.

United Methodist Mechanics Fix Cars for Free

Volunteers give away an average of 30 cars each year and fix vehicles for those in need. Those physical repairs often heal broken spirits too. View