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John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon video series Wesleys Take the Web.

The Wesleys Take the Web

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? Read More

 
The Rev. Don Underwood of Christ United Methodist speaks from the steps of a home under construction on church property. Photo courtesy of Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, TX.

Church Builds House on the Corner

United Methodists in Plano, Texas are taking it to the streets by building homes, and disciples, in their church parking lot! 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

A member of Coraopolis United Methodist Church delivers Thanksgiving meals to paramedics and members of the military who work on Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving for Military and First Responders

"People love to feed one another.” A United Methodist church family makes sure no one has to eat alone on the holiday. View

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

Stained glass windows inside the meditation chapel on an upper floor of the Boston University School of Theology reflect various saints and theologians. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

United Methodist Beliefs: Saints

A pastor shares his understanding of the Wesleyan tradition about the subject. "I’ve known saints." View

Florence Nightingale is depicted in stained glass windows at the United Methodist Upper Room.

United Methodist Meditation for All Saints Day

We recall with thanksgiving those who walked in faith. "May we learn from their examples of dedication, worship, and love." View

Retired Army chaplain, the Rev. Bill Libby teaches a Sunday school class for fellow veterans at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Sunday School Class Supports Veterans

Church celebrates the unique gifts of those who've served. “You want to touch hearts and minds for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Find some veterans.” View

Organ donation illustration from medlineplus.gov.

Organ Donation

The church celebrates Organ Tissue and Donor Sunday each November. This short video talks about the "gift of love and hope" you may not have considered. 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

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

Maritza Velazquez-Cota offers food and comfort to families in an immigration shelter at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Maritza’s Ministry: Sharing God’s Love at Mexican Border

In a time when families are facing hard times at the U.S. border, a United Methodist immigrant brings “hugs from God.” View

Slanted communion cups allowed Victorian era Methodists to avoid the appearance of drinking alcohol. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: Communion Cups

Have you seen an unusual communion cup set at your church? Learn secrets behind the slanted glassware that many Victorian era Methodists used. View

Lay pastor Raphaël Aboua helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Methodist History: Why Isn’t Communion Every Sunday?

You may know that in The United Methodist Church communion is offered to all, but here's why schedules for the sacrament vary among churches. View

Get your spirit in shape with UMC.org podcasts! Artwork courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast

United Methodist podcast offers tools, tips and thoughts to help us live our faith more fully. Listen to individual episodes or subscribe. More

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

Pacific Islanders in DC for a leadership conference sing on Sunday morning at Foundry United Methodist Church.

Pacific Islanders Spread Love Through Music

United Methodist young people with roots in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji came together for a unique worship experience in D.C. View

Eric McDonald is active in his church and in Matthew's Ministry, a special needs program  at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas.

Church Embraces Families with Special Needs

From Sunday school, to Bible study, to bell choir, there’s a place and a role for everyone at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. View

Rev. Anthony D. Tapucar imparts a blessing on members of Amazing Grace United Methodist Church

Philippines church name inspired by Amazing Grace

A vibrant worship community in the Philippines finds their foundation in a favorite hymn. 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

The Reverend Stephen Bauman of Christ Church United Methodist talks about how neighbors came together in New York after 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. Stephen Bauman

Pastor recalls seeing the best in people on that awful day in 2001. “Would that we could rise to our best without such an awful event.” View

portrait of the Rev. Thomas Coke, who along with the Rev. Francis Asbury was one of the first two Bishops in American Methodism

Thomas Coke: A Father of Methodism

Born in September, 1747, his name is on the church's publishing house and first American college. Coke also shaped The United Methodist Church structure of today. View

Bilha Alegria and two of her grandchildren at Lake Junaluska, a United Methodist retreat center.

A Prayer for My Grandchildren

To know your children's children is a great gift from God. Watch and share this short reflection that celebrates the love of a grandparent. View

We asked several people why they choose to be part of the United Methodist Church. Here's how they answered

Why Metodista?

We asked several people why they choose to be part of the United Methodist Church. Here's how they answered "Why Metodista?" View

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

Photo illustration of pregnant woman in field. Courtesy of pexels.com/pixabay.

United Methodist Blessing for Those Who Wait

There are countless ways humans wait. This short reflection reminds those waiting in fear and sadness that God offers comfort and strength. View

Kylie Greaves holds a puppy. United Methodist Communications file phot0.

God and Dog: A Spiritual Reflection

Sometimes pets can give people great insights into the love of God. A slideshow celebrates the many ways canines can remind us of the divine. View

Actors Josh Childs and Henry Haggard in the studio recording the voices for John and Charles Wesley in the animated series Wesleys Take the Web. Photo by Lilla Marigza, United Methodist Communications.

A Must See: Wesleys Take the Web

Meet the creative team behind the animated series about United Methodist history which brings John and Charles Wesley into the digital age. 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

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to a chicken as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

A United Methodist Prayer for Animals

God has granted us stewardship of creation. This prayer celebrates our delicate coexistence with the animals of the earth. View

Hymn writer Fanny Crosby, circa 1915. Image in the public domain.

Fanny Crosby: Legendary Methodist Hymn Writer

Despite being blind, she penned "Blessed Assurance" and "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross" and wrote more hymns than Charles Wesley. View

Rev Juan Garay speaks about family, community, and faith at Urban Poiema Church.

Life in Community

Rev Juan Garay speaks about family, community, and faith at Urban Poiema Church. View

Man holds an 1813 Methodist Hymnal that circuit riders would have carried for sale. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

What Books Circuit Riders Carried

Early Methodist circuit riders were more than preachers, the books in their saddlebags carried the religious and social dialogue from the cities to rural America. View

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.

Wesleys Take the Web: A mobile-friendly history of the UMC

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? View

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

Participants network during a bi-monthly session of the jobs ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church. Video image by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Church Renews Faith for Job Seekers

Job networking ministry changes lives. ‘People experience grace. They may have been told things that have broken their spirit, but when they come through our doors, they get love!’ View

Graffiti on wall reads,

United Methodist Beliefs: What does it mean to be saved?

Junius Dotson describes the assurance that comes after accepting Christ. “Because I am saved, I have the ability to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit.” View

Kids serve communion at Grace Kids United Methodist church, a congregation led by children for the neighborhood children.

Church by kids, for kids

Neighborhood children find community and a spiritual home in a congregation where the laity are all kids too. View

Pauline Lindo and the Rev. Brenda Presha deliver Angel Gowns to an Atlanta area hospital.

Recycled Bridal Gowns for Lost Babies

A mother's grief inspired a sewing ministry at her church. Now volunteers turn treasured wedding dresses into burial clothes for babies. 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

Historic photo of Susan Angeline Collins, taken in Los Angeles, California. Collins served as a Methodist missionary in Africa for 31 years. Image courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.

African American Woman’s Incredible Life as a Methodist Missionary

In the days following the U.S. Civil War, this African American woman went to college, owned her own business and then dedicated her life to opening doors for women. 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

Videographer captures image of tent at Ocean Grove, NJ. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh.

Historic Methodist Camp is ‘God’s Square Mile’

For some, summertime means heading to one of Methodism's best kept secrets, a spiritual oasis at the beach in New Jersey. View

An image of John Wesley is part of the 2018 film celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Image courtesy of GCAH/Discipleship Ministries.

WE STILL BELIEVE: Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

Featuring imagery from 1968 to present times, watch a video tribute to how The United Methodist Church has helped shaped history. View

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

Historic images portray John and Susanna Wesley. Courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.

Dear Mother: A Letter From John Wesley

Susanna Wesley's son was far from home yet Methodism's founder made the effort to stay connected to his beloved, and influential, mom. View

Mexican American students participate in the first-ever United Methodist Mexican American Civil Rights Tour in March, 2018. Video image  by Francisco Litardo, for United Methodist Communications.

Mexican-American Teens Take Civil Rights Tour

Visiting sites where social justice protests happened and hearing the stories of Chicano activists give teens a living history lesson. View

John and Charles Wesley take a smartphone selfie in this cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web.

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode III

In this episode, John and Charles Wesley view examples of Methodism's core principle of social holiness via smartphone. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode II

In this episode, John and Charles test their smartphone on her knowledge of fun facts about The United Methodist Church. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode I

In a fun new animation, John and Charles Wesley "take it to the streets" in a plan to spread United Methodism via social media. View