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Cullman First UMC reaches out to teachers as new school year begins


As the Cullman city schools were preparing for a new school year, Cullman First UMC placed gift baskets in the faculty break rooms of every city school as a way to say “thank you” to the teachers for role in the lives of children. Beyond the thank you, the congregation also delivered a promise with each basket: if a teacher sees a child in need (field trip expenses, supplies, clothes, etc.), just call the church and the need will be met. Period. The funds for these needs come through offerings ...

North Alabama Conference Cooperative School of Christian Mission Children’s Mission Camp empowers new generation of Christians


On July 29-August 1, the 2010 North Alabama Conference Cooperative School of Christian Mission Children’s Mission Camp welcomed first through ninth graders to Camp Sumatanga to participate in the United Methodist Women’s nationally endorsed children’s curriculum. This year’s topic was Hugging the World: Mission in Action. The children participated in class time, music, crafts, activities, and worship associated with this theme. The children learned about the Cherokee Nation, Mongolia, Chile, and...

Vestavia Hills UMC welcomes more than 600 children for Vacation Bible Camp


A great week of Bible fun was evident at Vestavia Hills United Methodist as the congregation welcomed more than 644 children June 13-18, 2010. More than 300 youth and adults were in ministry to share God’s Word through crafts, snacks, music, recreation, science and Bible reflection time. Each day began with an exciting assembly at the Starship Galactic Praise, and then on to the highlight of the day as the church’s clergy presented the Bible story through drama. In addition to learning God’s ...

VBS at Asbury UMC helps children learn about God and share God’s love and witness everyday


Asbury United Methodist Church in Fort Payne, Ala. had a wonderful Vacation Bible School this year, June 6-10. They had about 100 participants, including helpers and kids. They used Group’s material titled Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace, and experienced a different set up and schedule than they had ever done before. Helpers were encouraged to dress up like Egyptians, and kids made Egyptian headbands and collars, which helped create a fun and creative atmosphere. Laura, a child who...

insideOut helps churches focus on ministry outside their church doors


InsideOUT is an exciting vision that has grasped the attention of churches in both the Mountain Lakes and Cheaha Districts this summer.  This vision is leading the congregations to step outside their church doors and be in ministry to children in their community. The ministry assigns a college intern to a congregation which has formed an InsideOUT team of laity. They work together to develop a six week stint of summer ministry to children in their local community. The rule is – take it outside ...

New ministry for children offered at Camp Sumatanga


A new educational experience for children is now available for children from 5K through sixth grade at Camp Sumatanga. Called Creation Classroom, the program is led by Luke Milam of Children’s Bible Ministries. Milam's role in the program is to lead children’s groups in activities that challenge them spiritually, physically, emotionally and academically by giving them an opportunity to experience nature at Sumatanga on a personal level. The goal is to use Camp Sumatanga—God’s creation—as a ...

North Alabama leaders learn to help church and family work together at Orange Conference


On April 28-30, 2010, children's coordinators, senior pastors and other church leaders from North Alabama joined others from across the country at The Orange Conference in Atlanta. The focus of the Conference was on how the church and family can work together. The Conference featured a variety of speakers including author Donald Miller; Rev Run of the rap group Run-D.M.C; author of Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collid Reggie Joiner; lead pastor of National Community ...

Academy for Children’s Ministry empowers local church leaders


Laura Sisson, Director of Church Relations, and Jeanne Jackson, Director of Leadership Studies, from Birmingham-Southern College were the faculty for the April 2010 session of the Academy for Children’s Ministry. The Academy for Ministry with Children is a partnership between the North Alabama Conference and the Alabama-West Florida Conference and offers local church workers paraprofessional certification through a two-year cycle of courses. The courses are developed to affirm and strengthen the...

UM Children's Home Easter Egg Hunt moves to Sumatanga


A great tradition of the United Methodist Children's Home has been the annual Easter Egg Hunt, held each spring on the grounds of the Selma location. Buzz Carter, who grew up in the Children's Home, was one of the children in the first group of residents on the Selma Campus. Carter was adopted at 10 years old and moved in with his new family. As an adult, he started the tradition of Easter egg hunt. Children who find one of the four golden eggs receive a set of luggage to carry their belongings ...

Confirmation Retreat 2010 celebrates membership vows as "Five to Thrive" - Make Up weekend now scheduled


A weekend of snow and icy weather didn’t stop more than 166 participants from gathering at Camp Sumatanga for the North Alabama Conference Confirmation Retreat 2010 on January 29-30. This annual event helps local churches as they prepare students for church membership. The theme for the 2010 retreat was “Five to Thrive,” which is a reflection on the five vows of membership and the commitment that we are making to place Christ as Lord of our lives. North Alabama Conference Coordinator of Children...

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