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Did you know World Communion Sunday is over 40 years old?

World Communion Sunday is
over 40 years old?

World Communion Sunday is observed on the first Sunday in October, this day calls the Church to be the universal, inclusive Church. It was first observed by Presbyterians in 1936, adopted by the Federal Council of Churches in 1940, and shortly thereafter observed in Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches. The Methodist Church collected a special offering for the Fellowship of Suffering and Service. The Methodist Commission on Overseas Relief, the forerunner of today's UMCOR received half of the offering. The other half was divided between two agencies that ministered to military members: the Methodist Commission on Chaplains and the Methodist Commission on Camp Activity. In 1972, the United Methodist Church changed the name from Fellowship of Suffering and Service to World Communion Sunday. Today, the offering supports World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program. World Communion Scholarship Leadership Development Program from General Board of Global Ministries intentionally facilitates the educational preparation and training of mission partners from around the world.  This subsequent work will have the most direct and positive impact on the communities from which they come.

 

ABOUT WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (WCS)


United Methodist churches observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October. The observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. Offerings collected in United Methodist churches on World Communion Sunday are used to fund scholarships for young scholars and seminarians. Donations equip racial and ethnic-minority students in the United States and international students to transform the church and communities. Half of the proceeds from the offering is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining half is to be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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