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Chapel Hill UMC's children collect school supplies for children in need


Chapel Hill UMC’s (Northwest District) children’s group, dubbed "God's Gang," decided that during Vacation Bible School they would collect school supplies for disadvantaged children in Decatur. Sunday School Teacher Mrs. Aileen, made a school house and the children went to work. At the VBS "Shake it Up Cafe" there was a baking contest for members of the church. Each contestant had to bake two entries -- one for the contest and one to auction off. The winner of the contest was Charlee Moore with ...

Conference offering day camps to minister to children after disaster


Among the many opportunities to help those who have been affected by the April 27 storms, the North Alabama Conference has committed to not forget the ones to whom Jesus said, “Come unto me, and do not hinder them” – children. In an effort to better serve children in recovery, the North Alabama Conference will partner with Camp Noah and offer Camp Noah “To Go.” The camp invites multi-generational teams of 20 adults and youth (five members of each twenty-member team may be 16-18 years old) to ...

Summer XP at Friendship UMC: a new way to do VBS


VBS is a special week we have always enjoyed and looked forward to at Friendship UMC. We couldn't wait to plan, decorate and then watch the hundreds of children who would fill our halls each summer. God has blessed us many times with the opportunity to plant seeds, water others, witness many first time professions of faith, grow relationships and form new ones. But it was always held on our campus, mostly for our church family and their friends. This year, instead of decorating our four walls ...

Upper Sand Mountain Circuit creates joint Confirmation and Membership classes


from the Mountain Lakes District News January 2011 reposted with permission The Upper Sand Mountain Circuit from the District has worked together to create a joint confirmation and membership class series to offer to our small churches. While most churches in the circuit do not have enough by themselves to offer a confirmation class, together we started a confirmation class on January 16, 2011 that currently has 19 children. Simultaneously, a membership class is offered for those already having ...

Confirmation Camp helps students explore five vows of church membership


The North Alabama Conference held its first Alive with Five Confirmation Camp of the year on Jan. 28-29, 2011, at Camp Sumatanga. North Alabama Children’s Coordinator Beth Sanford says, “Alive With Five Confirmation Camp January 2011 was awesome! Our Confirmation Camp Team and 176 kids and adults from all over the North Alabama Conference participated in our first camp of 2011.” The weekend was built around the theme Alive with Five and focused on the five vows of membership of the United ...

Children of Fayette First UMC collect 536 pairs of shoes for mission project


More than 300 million children and 1.5 billion adults worldwide do not have footwear. In an effort to do their part in lowering this number, the children of Fayette First United Methodist Church challenged church members and the community the first 2 weeks of September to donate their gently worn shoes to those in need. With the help of the non-profit organization Soles4Souls, these shoes will be distributed free of charge to people in need around the world, regardless of race, religion, class, ...

Central Park UMC’s Learning Village after-school program receives grant


Central Park UMC’s (South Central District) after-school tutoring program, The Learning Village, received a $7,500 grant from the General Board of Global Ministries’ Racial Ethnic Local Church Fund. At The Learning Village, a free program that serves the Central Park community, children ages 8-14 receive homework help and assistance in targeted academic areas. The Learning Village partners with Samford University, which provides college student tutors. Church members also volunteer to provide ...

Vestavia Hills UMC Missionary Kids Camp puts kids IN Ministry


This summer Vestavia Hills UMC held VHUMC’s Missionary Kids Camp 2010 with 58 elementary-school aged servants, seven adult chaperones and two youth chaperones. The first day began as the group visited the Explorations In Antiquity Center in LaGrange, GA, which is a living museum of life in ancient times. Through archeological replicas, Biblical meal presentations, lectures, and other personal experiences, ancient Middle Eastern life became real for those who participated. At the Center, the ...

New year of Academy for Ministries with Children begins Oct. 1


The Academy for Ministries with Children is designed for persons seeking training in children’s ministry, offered through a partnership between the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences. The Academy for Ministries with Children offers local church children’s workers paraprofessional certification through a two-year cycle of courses. The courses are developed to affirm and strengthen the passion and love for ministry through a holistic and theological understanding of children...

Fort Payne First UMC's "Back to School Fair" serves 517 students


On July 31, 100 volunteers from Fort Payne First UMC held a “Back to School Fair” in the Christian Life Center of the church. Church members and friends gave out all needed school supplies, including backpacks, for 517 Dekalb County students. In addition to the supplies, there were health screenings, dental and vision exams, free haircuts and helpful information from community agencies. The church also served lunch to over 1000 people. This fair was the brainchild of the Agape United Methodist ...

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