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STEP Conference to equip those in ministry with young people

by: Emily Nelms Chastain


The North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries announces a new event for those working with young people. STEP Conference: Creating Pathways of Long-Term Discipleship will take place on April 24-25, 2020, at Trinity UMC in Homewood. STEP Conference will be an opportunity for all those who focus on the discipleship of young people to gather and learn how to best sustain ministry across age-levels. This training event will be open to children and youth leaders, as well as offering segments ...

Sumatanga Action Team October Communique

by: Submitted News


RECRUITING FOR NEW STAFF: Daphne Orr and the Action Team have posted two new positions - Director of Summer Camp Ministries and a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. We have a goal of hiring the Director of Summer Camp Ministries on or before December 1 in order to prepare for Summer 2020 camp programs. As stated in the full job description, the primary responsibility is: To direct the planning and implementation of the summer residential and day camp programs and ensure their success which ...

Office of Connectional Ministries hosting a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items


Thanks to a very generous donation, the North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries will soon host a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items. "Our office recently received more than 1,200 items thanks to an incredible donor who wanted these gifts to be used by our churches and their members," noted Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland. "When the conference priority of Church Health was moved to Connectional Ministries, we wondered how best to go ...

Ider UMC member continues family's ministry of Bible display in Montgomery

by: Danette Clifton


Almost 75 years ago, a man named Ben Davis made an agreement with the Montgomery City Council that allowed him to erect a pedestal in the city's court square. He placed an open Bible on the pedestal under a heavy glass cover. This pedestal was close to where, a decade later, Rosa Parks waited on a bus and ultimately helped changed history. Mr. Davis never sought recognition for this placement. He placed the Bible there so people could have the opportunity to read it. Mr. Davis' grandson Larry ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer in the face of the tragedy of the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


God of us all, On this morning our hearts break at the news that authorities delivered to us late last evening about the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. We grieve with all the people of Birmingham that one of our children was apparently abducted from a birthday party, killed and left in a dumpster. We know that your heart breaks, too. God, words fail to capture the deep and multi-faceted feelings we are experiencing. We are overwhelmed at the brokenness of our world when cruelty ...

Union Chapel UMC celebrates 160 years in ministry


On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Union Chapel UMC in Cordova (Central District) celebrated its 160th birthday. In preparation for the big day, the church Trustees readied the fellowship hall and grounds for guests and the ladies of the church prepared a covered dish meal.  There were more than 60 persons in worship including several former and retired pastors. They included former pastors Douglas Ferguson and Wanda Banks and retired pastor Rev. Charles Black and his wife. Union Chapel UMC is Bro. ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference

by: UMC General Church


Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15, 2020. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: recorders, channel “B” identifiers and verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned legislative committee. ...

Aldersgate UMC and partner congregations celebrate Biker Sunday to help Children's Hospital


On September 22, 2019, Aldersgate UMC in Dora, Alabama,  (Central District) sponsored their 2nd Annual Biker Sunday. Fifty-six people attended and raised $600 for Children's Hospital of Alabama. Gary Harris a Lay Member of the Aldersgate Church was successful in organizing the ride and collecting donations from more than twenty merchants from around North Alabama. He also united three other churches to join the effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's of Alabama. Those congregations ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Read Together and Pray Together

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends, Every Christian is called to be a follower. Indeed Christian disciples are continually growing in our capacity to follow Jesus. Though God is the One who empowers us to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we have an important part to play in the process. Practices that result in our spending regular quality time with God make a huge difference in our development as disciples. Since discipleship is not a solo venture, it is essential that we practice holy habits both as ...

Resources available for your congregation's Children's Sabbath


​The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites you and your congregation to celebrate Children’s Sabbath. Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite your congregation to focus on the realities of children beyond its church family. Children’s Sabbath is a way for congregations to help children ...

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