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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 ...

Conference announces new provider of demographic information for local congregations


North Alabama Conference Director of Congregational Development Dr. Tommy Gray announces that MissionInsite is the new provider of demographic information for the North Alabama Conference. “We are moving from Percept to MissionInsite as our provider of demographic information,” Rev. Gray explains. “MissionInsite has more tools to help local congregations not only learn the demographics of their community, but to see and plan ministry opportunities within their community.” The MissionInsite ...

GENESIS in Guntersville: Three Years and Going Strong


On Sunday August 30 First United Methodist Church of Guntersville celebrated the three year anniversary of it’s off campus ministry known as GENESIS. In 2006 under the vision and leadership of Rev. Robin B. Scott the congregation of First United Methodist took a leap of faith and began a new ministry that had as its focus reaching the least, the last, and the lost. Designed to offer a hand up rather than a hand out, GENESIS focused on hard core problems and needs that could only be helped by ...

Turning Point Celebrates First Easter


Written by Berry Faust, Pastor, Turning Point   Turning Point is now a year old.  We had our first service April 13, 2008. A lot has happened in a year. We are a group of believers with a vision and desire to make a difference, a turning point for believers who became disenfranchised with the normal Church Culture, a haven for non believers, and a place to test the waters of the Christian faith. We started our first Sunday in a rented church building with no idea what God would do. He sent 69 ...

Brandon New Vision congregation reaches the community for Christ through love and service


In August 2007, Brandon New Vision church held its first worship service in a small conference room in the Brandon Ministry Center.  A little more than a year late, the new church start continues to grow and minister to those in need.  Pastored by Rev. Greg Reynolds, the New Vision congregation has been able to start Sunday School classes for both children and adults, tutoring classes for children in the community on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and other community action programs. The ...

Three conference churches "Pay It Forward"


Remember the movie Pay It Forward? A young boy writes an essay about doing good deeds, and suggests that instead of paying a person back for it, you should pay it forward by doing something good for someone else. That's exactly what happened recently between three churches in the North Alabama Conference. Back in April 2008, when Blountsville UMC was planning for its 190th anniversary, Rev. Bart Bowlin and the church's leaders decided that receiving a special offering for a new church start ...

CrossWinds UMC uses July events to meet, greet, and reach out to the community


CrossWinds United Methodist Church, a new church start in the Harvest/Monrovia area of the Northeast District, recently held a month-long series of summer mission events entitled “Terrific Tuesdays.” CrossWinds Church officially launched on Easter Sunday and just entered their fourth month of weekly worship services. Every Tuesday night in July, the  congregation invited the community to a series of events designed to meet, greet, and reach out to the community. CrossWinds Connection Groups took...

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