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Office of Connectional Ministries announces Partner Event Program


For many years, North Alabama Conference staff have directly planned and produced a range of programs and training events. These events — such as Contagious, Youth Leader Training, Encounter, Exit 456 and more — have played a vital role in fulfilling the Conference’s mission of discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders of all ages. In recent years, however, some of the most successful events have not been those planned by the Conference, but rather by local churches and groups with...

Tell Connectional Ministries the resources your congregation needs!


The North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries needs your help! Our mission is to help connect churches and leaders throughout North Alabama that will help them be as effective as possible in their ministries. For all of us, the past year has revealed areas where we want to sharpen our skills and find new ways to enhance our ministries. Connectional Ministries wants to help you find the resources to make that possible. To help gauge what resources are most needed and will be most...

Trinity UMC produces COVID vaccine Q&A video with UAB vaccine specialist


With so much confusing information out about the new COVID-19 vaccines, the COVID Task Force from Trinity UMC in Homewood (South Central District) produced a video of a Q&A time with UAB vaccine specialist Dr. Paul Goepfert. Dr. Goepfert is a professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB. As the Director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic at UAB, he oversees clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines. To develop this Q&A session, Trinity UMC’s COVID Task Force collected ...

Cahaba Bend "Prayer for Schools" encourages students, educators


Wanting to show support for locals schools in the midst of a pandemic, Rev. Patrick Friday and the congregation at The Church at Cahaba Bend (South Central District) strategized, planned and implemented the "Prayer for Schools" initiative during the month of September. The goal was to show students, parents, teachers, school administrators and staff care and support in challenging times. The Church at Cahaba Bend organized a city-wide prayer walk for schools in Helena, praying for God’s ...

Conference virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service now available


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Conference Leadership Team have posted a virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service as a resource for North Alabama Conference churches and individuals. The virtual service is made up of short video segments. Worshippers are invited to follow the order of worship and play each video as they progress through the service. The hope is because the videos are shorter than an entire worship service, watching each segment separately will be less taxing on a worshiper'...

New Facebook Group provides "space" for pastors and worship leaders to share ideas for Holy Week and Easter


With in-person worship services and gatherings suspended until after Easter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pastors and worship leaders are asking questions such as, "What resources and ideas are available to congregations?" "How will we observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter?" and "How can we continue to be in ministry to our communities?" A new Facebook Group provides a place where pastors and worship leaders within the North Alabama Conference (and beyond) are "gathering" to share technology, ...

North Alabama congregations offering online worship experiences


In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bishop Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet have asked North Alabama congregations to follow public health officials' requests and suspend in-person gatherings and worship services. Although North Alabama United Methodists are not physically gathering for worship, the churches of the North Alabama Conference continue to be in ministry! The following local churches are offering an online worship experience. If your church is also offering virtual ...

Connectional Ministries to hold “We Love Our Churches” Open House on February 10-13, 2020


As part of their continuing resource giveaway, the Connectional Ministries staff will host an open house from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10-13, 2020, at the United Methodist Center on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. Pastors and laity of the North Alabama Conference will be welcomed to browse their selection of more than 500 resources, discuss ministry ideas and options and enjoy Valentine’s treats. “We have given away 500 of the 1,110 items donated, and we have enjoyed getting to know ...

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 ...

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. ...

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