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FAQs: Worship

What does a typical worship service look like? What should I wear? Read More

FAQs: Lent & Easter

Why do we observe Lent before Easter? Why do people give up sweets or caffeine for Lent? Find some facts about the season. Read More

FAQs: Worship and Christian Year

Wonder why your minister's stoles change color through out the year? Learn about the seasons of the Christian year. View

Baptism of Christ, mosaic, detail, from Ravenna Baptistery

Baptism of the Lord Resources

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Resources for celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Find ideas to use for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20, 2014. View

Delegate Counts Per Annual Conference Released

The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, released today a list of numbers of delegates by annual conferences. Read More

GC2016 Worship/Music Director Named

The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett of Eagle Creek, Ore. has been named worship and music director for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. Read More

Vigil

A service or period of prayers and devotions usually held on the night before or in the early morning of important religious days or festivals. On occasion, special vigils are organized around a specific concern or issue in a local church. The word vigil comes from the Latin vigilia, meaning... Read More

Vestments

Items of clothing, such as robes, gowns, or other special garments and stoles worn by ministers and lay persons while conducting worship services.Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission. Read More

Jennifer Miller holds a sign from the Oct. 4 “Walkin’ with my Sister” event.

Anchorage church ‘sheds light’ on abuse

Domestic violence affects men, women and families "of all races, of all economic levels, of all ages, of all religions," says Jennifer Miller of First United Methodist Church. Read More

Lent

A forty-day period of focus on penitence and preparation for the Resurrection Event of Easter. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset Easter Eve. The liturgical color for this season of the Christian year is purple.Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon... Read More

Liturgical Year

Six distinct periods of Christian observances. Each focuses upon a different aspect of the Christian experience and tradition. These periods or seasons do not necessarily occur on the same dates from year to year, but are related to the dates of the two principal Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter. (1)... Read More

Should churches offer Holy Communion online?

Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week. Read More

Worship

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Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

A military couple hold hands during a From Warrior to Soul Mate retreat. Photo by William Buchanan.

Veterans learn skills to strengthen marriage

One military chaplain cares for the nation's wounded by helping them repair crumbling intimate relationships. Read More

UMTV: Bowling Church

When an Ohio congregation tried worship outside the walls, attendance doubled, then tripled. "We had lines waiting to get into the building." View

UMTV: Worship and Workout

Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. "I look at the Y like the woman at the well. People come here. I provide that spiritual connect." View

Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing

The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings. Read More

Grief transcends faith boundaries in Newtown

Religious community of Connecticut area comes together with governor and President to lead the healing process after horror of shootings. Read More

A Sunday of tears and comfort in Newtown

After the horrors of school shooting, nothing seems right until a congregation comes together to ask, "In our trials, Lord, walk with us." Read More

UMTV: Special Needs Service

Church "no-shush" policy lets adults with developmental delays participate in worship. "They can be themselves. They are children of God." Read More

Church honors veterans’ stories of valor

Mother remembers 19-year-old son and families write thank-you notes for those who "put their lives on the line" during Veterans Day service. Read More

UMTV: Church Salutes Veterans

Vets and families honored with notes, photos, and more on Veterans Day. "This event means everything ... you can't thank them enough." View

UMTV: Mother-Son AIDS Journey

Heidi Simon credits church family for support. "If everybody knew what we knew about God being with us there wouldn't be any problems." View

Spiritual resources for veterans and families

Veterans Day is on Sunday. Find sources of strength from The United Methodist Church to use throughout the year. Read More

United Methodist ‘church’ on a ferry boat

Small Michigan town has a waiting line of 30 minutes to board for Friday night vespers under the sky. Read More

Acts of Repentance guide stresses healing

United Methodists journey from learning to apologies to developing relationships with indigenous people. Read More

United Methodist pastors called to serve

As the U.S. celebrates July 4, we remember the many United Methodist pastors who left their pulpits to serve as military chaplains. Read More

5 Congo siblings capture hearts

Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, brought "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

GC2012: Bishop encourages delegates

As a sometimes difficult General Conference draws to a close, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner offers a message of hope. Read More

GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’

Kiesey and Matthews emphasize practice of 'blessing each other, rather than cursing each other.' Read More

GC2012: Departed leave us ‘legacy of hope’

Bishop Middleton leads worship honoring those who have gone before, reminding all of need to leave same legacy. Read More

GC2012: 5 Congo siblings capture hearts

Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, bring "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

Don’t you have faith yet, asks Bishop Yemba

Congolese bishop encouraged General Conference delegates as they consider the structure of the church to make certain it is mission focused. Read More

Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure

No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives. Read More

GC2012: King preaches message of inclusion

'Doors to kingdom of God are wide open,' bishop reminds delegates in April 25 worship to close intense day of work. Read More

Q&A: Music, worship at General Conference

'This United Methodist Church is so amazingly diverse, and we want to celebrate the many ways God is praised all over the connection.' Read More

First service recalls Jesus’ seaside ministry

Maskoko Nation member consecrates worship space; Goodpaster tells delegates 'we now gather beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets.' Read More

Clergy children from segregation era reunited

Daughter of Bishop Oliphint and son of Bishop Handy recall end to racially constituted jurisdiction of church they both serve today. Read More

United Methodists join mourning for Trayvon

Congregations across the nation honored the slain teen by wearing hoodies to churches Sunday. Read More

Agency QA: United Methodist Men

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: 'I believe if our church is to survive and grow, United Methodist Men will play a large role in that effort.' Read More

Agency QA: Board of Discipleship

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Training and supporting church leaders - 'I came home energized and on fire with a new attitude.' Read More

Relevance X 2012 brings spirituality to Sin City

A conference in Las Vegas brings young adults and those in young adult ministry together to shape the future of the church and the world. Read More

Listening for the melody of God

The Rev. Connie Shelton speaks on living a fuller Christian life through authenticity, song. Read More

Good Friday Cross Journey

A pastor took a tree from his yard and created a 14 ft., 425-lb. cross neighbors carried for 14 miles. "We became a church without walls." View

Success Secrets of Young Pastor: Rev. William Brewer

One 25-year-old loves his church so much he has become the lead pastor for two congregations. View

United Methodist General Board of Church and Society withdraws endorsement of One Nation Working Tog

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church is rescinding its endorsement of the "One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. The board is disturbed by some of the overtly political and partisan statements issued by organizers of the march. Read More

Article correction

In a story that has since been corrected online, The New York Times listed The United Methodist Church as a sponsor of an upcoming rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The United Methodist Church is not sponsoring the rally. Read More

Rethink Church resource, seeker website addresses change

Congregational resources for the Rethink Church advertising and welcoming campaign have moved to a new website address: umcom.org/rethinkchurch, though the site content remains the same.. Read More

UMTV: Easter Church Drama

Last Supper comes to life as church members portray disciples and ask "Master, is it I?" View

United Methodists Offer Prayers, Caring in Wake of Bridge Collapse

United Methodists across Minneapolis are standing in solidarity with victims and families in the aftermath. Read More