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A child holds the American flag during an Independence Day celebration. Photo by E.D.W.W., Wikimedia Commons.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in your home

Ideas for family devotional time, songs, food and ways United Methodists can explore the history of America from a spiritual perspective. Read More

Detail of stained glass window of St. Joseph and Jesus from Church Sainte Marguerite in Le Vesinet in the Departement Yvelines, Ile-de-France. Photo by Reinhardhauke, Wikimedia Commons.

By Heather Hahn

He was an adoptive father, a heeder of dreams and faithful. “Joseph chose to take a risk for God, and that’s an example we can all follow.” Read More

Family praying over meal.

Ways to celebrate the Christian home

See family devotionals, church activities and more to observe Christian Home Month during May. Read More

Photo illustration of family painting eggs and preparing for Easter. Photo purchased from iStock, April 2104. OMG Images

Sharing Easter with your children

Ways to talk with children about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ideas for preparing for Easter as a family, including making banners. Read More

The Goshen Memorial outside of Piedmont. Ala. was built as a memorial tribute to the 20 people who were killed when a large wedge type tornado slammed into Goshen United Methodist Church during a Palm Sunday service killing 20 people inside. The memorial is built on the site where the church once stood. Photo by Bill Wilson, The Anniston Star

Healing and hope after the unthinkable

Rev. Kelly Clem, who lost 20 worshipers including her daughter in a devastating tornado on Palm Sunday, 1994, says through “brokenness” we experience the power of Christ. Read More

B.J. Elder, a volunteer reading tutor from First United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tenn., listens to Keyla Hoyos, 8, read during the Change the World weekend. The congregation has an ongoing relationship with La Casa de mi Padre Church for whom they offer language and reading tutoring.  A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. Accompanies UMNS story #172. 5/17/11.; A UMNS photo by Kathleen S. Barry

Family Study for Lent

Explore the meaning of Lent with your family through activities, prayers and guided discussions. Read More

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Parents may decide when their child should begin receiving communion. Read More

The Nurturing Community

We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Read More

How pastors can ‘bloom where planted’

Clergy - not just military families - deal with frequent moves, new assignments and expected and unexpected anxieties. Read More

‘Grandfamilies’ provide love, sanctuary

Grandparents thrown back in the parenting game face many challenges. United Methodist grandparents Mollie and John Moore share their story. Read More

UMTV: Church Fosters Adoption

More foster children are finding "forever homes" thanks to a congregation in Ohio. In 2011, 46 were adopted. "That's a God thing right there." View

UMTV: 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

Circles of Care for Immigrants

Therapist-turned-pastor provides free mental health support for immigrants facing long separations from family and fears of deportation. View

Deportations Leave Teen Alone

When Jasmine Franco's parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college. View

United Methodist Church Hosts Nothing But Nets Partners in Angola

The people of The United Methodist Church hosted two Nothing But Nets partner organizations-the United Nations Foundation and NBA Cares-on a malaria observation trip to Angola. Read More

‘Nothing But Nets’ Campaign to be Launched November 14

On November 14, The People of the United Methodist Church will participate in the official launch of Nothing But Nets, a campaign to save lives by preventing malaria. Read More

Tennessee United Methodist Congregation Plays Key Role in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. played a central part in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode that will air Sunday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC. Read More

United Methodists Begin Back-to-School Advertising Campaign

The United Methodist Church is marking the back-to-school season with a $1.5 million national cable television advertising campaign that urges people to focus on God Read More