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New Vision UMC to hold grand opening of The Matrix Center on Feb. 3, 2012


The Matrix Center of New Vision United Methodist Church in Florence is more than a student center. It is designed to be a launching point for young people, bringing about a change in their lives and their community. The grand opening of The Matrix Center is set for Feb. 3, 2012. The Matrix Center developed as a way of addressing the best way to disciple young people today. Although, many people in youth ministry use youth talks as a primary teaching strategy, research has been shown that ...

Congregational Development offers reduced rate tickets for Catalyst Conference in Atlanta


On October 6 – 7, 2011, approximately 13,000 young leaders will gather in Atlanta to experience the Catalyst Conference. The two day event, (proceeded by one day of learning Labs) targeted toward “next generation” leaders, offers a time of creative learning, energetic worship and inspiration from dynamic speakers. The North Alabama Conference Center for Congregational Development has once again secured a block of tickets at a reduced rate for those North Alabama United Methodists who wish to ...

WE Community Gardens to hold fundraiser at Café Dupont on March 19


Three years ago, Community Church without Walls and Urban Ministry partnered together to turn an overgrown vacant lot in West End into a community garden. Rev. R.G. Lyons, pastor of the Community Church Without Walls, says, “As church members from CCWW began clearing the lot, we could not have imagined the transformative impact the garden would have on our entire community in three years. It has become a place that brings people together across racial, generational, and economic differences. It ...

New Church plant The Gathering Place prepares for Launch Sunday on Jan. 16, 2011


The Gathering Place, a United Methodist church plant in the Moody area, is preparing to launch its public ministry later this month. In June 2010, Rev. Matt Scott was appointed to start a new congregation in the Moody area. He immediately began to meet people and form a “Launch Team” – a group of people whose role would be to simply assist in any means needed to launch what would soon become The Gathering Place Church. The launch team began to meet on a biweekly basis for prayer, Bible Study, ...

ONEeighty Church, a satellite ministry of ClearBranch UMC, to celebrate one year of ministry on Nov. 21


“It’s never too late to make a one-eighty,” is an accepted motto of the ONEeighty Church in Springville. Since taking up vacant space next to Burton’s Grocery Store in June 2009, ONEeighty, a satellite ministry of ClearBranch United Methodist Church, has become a campus with a purpose of being a place where people can “turn their lives around.” As stated on the church website, “We believe God allows one-eighty turns, so we wanted to provide a place that encourages people to make that turn. ...

CrossWinds UMC celebrates grand opening and invites people to real faith


Crosswinds UMC in Harvest, (Northeast District) held their grand opening kick off celebration for their new building on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The day included two worship services and a Tailgate Party with food, inflatables, footballs and fellowship. There were 387 people in attendance to celebrate the special day in the life of this new community of faith. During worship, CrossWinds pastors Rev. Michael and Rev. Suzanne Katschke explained that it was a special day, but also noted the high ...

The Master's Way UMC celebrates grand opening of church building


One of the ministry priorities of the North Alabama Conference is New Congregations. This fall one of North Alabama’s new communities of faith celebrated a milestone as The Master’s Way UMC congregation (Northeast District) held the grand opening for their church building in August. In June 2003, Rev. Barry Dunn was appointed to start a new congregation in the West Madison area, one of the biggest areas of growth in Huntsville. The church began with Barry and his wife Lydia meeting with a few ...

New congregation celebrates new seating and the mighty works of God


Rev. Greg Reynolds, shares the following story from one of the North Alabama Conference’s new congregations – Brandon New Vision UMC in Florence. New congregations like New Vision UMC are possible because of the connectional giving of North Alabama Conference congregations. Recently, the familiar story often told as an illustration of how we perceive God's provisionary hand became a reality to me. There was a man living in a low lying area that flooded quite frequently. One day a terrible storm...

Vernon UMC reaches out with spirit of Conference priority of new congregations


Vernon First UMC is blazing new trails in Lamar County of the Southwest District. Vernon First UMC voted to move forward in starting a satellite church offering Spanish worship to West Alabama. This vote rose out of the SPRC meeting in September of 2009 during which leaders were responding to a question regarding of one of the North Alabama Conference core priorities: “What are you doing to start a new congregation?” Pastor Tim Bailey says, “In answering that question one of our young leaders ...

InnerChange UMC celebrates Christmas with the baptism of new Christians


On Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, InnerChange UMC celebrated Christmas with a high energy worship service that included the celebration of baptism for several new Christ-followers. Rev. Mike Skelton explains, “We set worship up like a big Christmas party. I had a couple of folks who wanted to be baptized. At the end of the baptism, the guy who came dressed as Santa Claus came down and asked me to baptize him. This guy is a recovering drug user and new follower of Christ. We didn't know he was going to ...

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