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Retreat for 4th, 5th and 6th graders to be March 17-18, 2017

1/24/2017

Exit 456, an overnight retreat for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, will be March 17-18, 2017, at Sumatanga. This annual retreat sponsored by the North Alabama Conference is designed to aid local churches in their ministry to tweens. It can serve as a retreat for a confirmation class or simply as a tween retreat. The event features dynamic speakers, worship experiences and games. The worship and teaching times are designed so that 4th-6th graders can attend for three years and enjoy a new, exciting ...


Sumatanga taking applications for 2017 Summer Camp Team

1/18/2017

Sumatanga is now taking applications for the Summer Camp Team for 2017. The deadline for applications and references is February 11, 2017. Potential team members also will go through an interview process that begins in February.  Specific 2017 Summer Camp staff positions include Lifeguards, Craft Facilitators, Recreation Facilitators, Advanced Challenge Facilitators (oversee Alpine Tower, Giant Swing, rock climbing and zip-line), Music/Media and Counselors. Team members must be at least 18 ...


Duncan UMC's M&M Kids celebrate one year of ministry

9/27/2016

Rev. Paula Calhoun shares a children's ministry story from Duncan UMC in Alexander City. Mission Minded Kids began when lay servant Anna McCain invited the pastor to talk about a new vision she believed to be God-inspired. Anna felt the church could reach out to the community for Christ with children in mission. Duncan and Sunny Level United Methodist Churches listened and followed the call to support M&M Kids. M&M Kids will soon be one year old! From the beginning, Anna assembled a team and ...


Congregations are invited to celebrate Children's Sabbath on October 23

9/23/2016

The North Alabama Annual Conference is part of the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and is stepping up to engage every congregation in making an active difference in the lives of children in poverty.  One way each congregation can participate in this campaign is through the celebration of a Children's Sabbath. All North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to take part in the 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, “Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps," ...


Sixth Annual Exit 456 retreat helps Tweens grow closer to the only true superhero, Jesus Christ

4/6/2016

In early March, more than 300 4th, 5th and 6th graders, local church children and youth directors, volunteers and pastors embarked on Camp Sumatanga for the Exit 456 Retreat. This year marks the 6th year for this annual retreat designed for Tweens. Exit 456 is exclusively for students in 4th through 6th grade. The weekend includes worship, large group and small group sessions, as well as time to fellowship and bond with other Tweens from around the conference. This year worship was led by the ...


Exit 456, a retreat for tweens, will be March 11-12, 2016

2/11/2016

Register your group before midnight February 15 for the early-bird price of $75 per person.  EXIT 456 is a retreat offered by the North Alabama Conference designed to aid the local church in ministry to tweens. This retreat features worship,  teaching and fun designed just for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Some churches choose for this retreat to serve as a retreat for confirmands others choose for it simply as a tween retreat. This year’s Exit 456 will be at Camp Sumatanga on March 11-12, 2016.  ...


2015 Observance of Children’s Sabbath will be Oct. 18

10/5/2015

North Alabama Conference congregations are invited to take part in the 2015 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God's Vision of Justice for Children," on October 18 to focus on real solutions to significantly reduce child poverty now. Your congregation is invited to join thousands of faith communities across the country in this celebration by holding a community-wide interfaith special worship service or a special worship service in ...


New law adds new regulations for some church-affiliated child care centers

12/15/2014

Al.com reports at least 400 child care centers affiliated with churches in Alabama will face new regulations, including an annual state inspection, under a new federal law. In November 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was signed into law. This law reauthorized a program, originally enacted in 1990 and last reauthorized in 1996, to provide low-income, working families with help paying for child care.  The new law adds new regulations intended to improve the health, ...


Children’s of Alabama Pastoral Care Department to present inaugural Duley Lecture on October 30

10/7/2014

The Children’s of Alabama Pastoral Care Department proudly presents the inaugural Duley Lecture on October 30, 2014. The Duley Lectures honor the 20 year legacy of service and leadership that Rev. Doreen Duley provided as a Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Children’s of Alabama. This educational and inspirational event is the centerpiece of The Pastoral Care Department’s annual observance of Children’s Sabbath, a faith based initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund.   Rev. Doreen Duley...


Holy Moments & Children’s Sabbath

9/30/2014

Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty Blog September 2014 My late father, Eddie Self, has been on my heart and mind a lot lately. Since his birth month and the College Football Kick-off (Roll Tide!) occur in September, I know that’s part of the tug. I experienced many holy moments with this man of God who taught me and my brother and sisters a lot about loving God and loving our neighbor. My dad loved children and was a great storyteller. He loved visiting our elementary school ...


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