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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

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earn a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is one of 48 women who received a micro-loan to start her own business from the United Methodist Women’s Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

'In your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.' Video reflection offers a blessing for all those who labor or are seeking work. 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

There are many ways to get closer to God at camp. File photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Church camp changed my life: United Methodists look back

As kids, the hikes, outdoor worship, and canoeing were fun but they were also deepening spiritual connections and changing lives, shaping leaders. Read More

John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web. Produced by United Methodist Communications.

Animated Wesleys Share Church History

A new video resource uses an animated John and Charles Wesley to share United Methodist history in an innovative and contemporary way. Read More

Francis Asbury's Bible is part of the collection at Historic St. George's UMC in Philadelphia. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh.

Cathedral Church of American Methodism

'I think people, no matter what side of any issue you’re on, love the denomination, love our history. And this is where you can connect to it.' View

The United Methodist Church publishes The Upper Room in 35 languages. Images courtesy The Upper Room.

Where the world meets to pray: The Upper Room

In 35 languages, in over 100 countries, this United Methodist publication unites people in Bible reading, prayer, and faith reflection every day. Read More

The Boehms were contemporaries of the early Methodist movement. Images courtesy United Methodist Archives and History.

Martin and Henry Boehm: Founding Brethren of the UMC

Father and son Martin and Henry Boehm are important figures in the history of The United Methodist Church, with inspiring stories of faith. Read More

Pedro Chadreque Guambe and his daughter Wendy share a moment together.

A United Methodist Prayer for Fathers

A short reflection offers words to honor the sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have shaped our lives. View

Photo shows portrait of John Wesley who had a conversion experience at Aldersgate. Image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

How Aldersgate Changed John Wesley

May 24 is Aldersgate Day, a special time for United Methodists. But do you know why? View

Otterbein ministered to German-speaking Americans. Image via United Methodist Archives and History.

A Founding Brethren: Facts for United Methodists about Otterbein

Born June 3, this co-founder of the United Brethren may not be well known by United Methodists. His faithfulness to Jesus and the Church still inspires. Read More

Several U.S. presidents had ties to   what is now The United Methodist Church.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry.

Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties

Leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turned to Wesley's followers for spiritual and social aid. Read More

Clutter can build up in our church closets and in our lives. A photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Spiritual decluttering: A fresh start for a new year

The closet may not be all that needs a fresh look. How might you make room for the Holy Spirit to do something new in you in 2018? Read More

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

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military. Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

Ministry to Those Who Serve

Find stories, resources and videos about how The United Methodist Church supports military families. Read More

Baptism: God’s Gift to Us All

See a reflection about the sacrament Wesley called “a way in which we felt, knew, and saw God’s grace.” View

Image of sunrise. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Downloadable prayers for your home

“Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us in the coming months.” Read and share this printable prayer to help focus on faith as 2018... Download

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

United Methodists know Christmas, but maybe not these things. Photo via ChristianPics.co.

Five things you may not know about Christmas

Even United Methodists who know a lot about Christmas, always have more to learn. See if you know any of these little-known facts about the season. Read More

The Christmas Conference founded the church that would be led by Francis Asbury. Image public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Christmas Conference: 10 days that started a church

The founding conference of the Methodist church in America began on Christmas Eve. Their gift to us is a legacy alive in The United Methodist Church today. Read More