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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 ...

Winfield First UMC member works to make local park more accessible


Photo from Its-Time-to-Change-Something Facebook page.   Recently, a young member of Winfield First UMC was featured in an ABC 33/40 news story for her efforts to raise money to add an adult-sized changing table to a local park bathroom to help it be fully handicap accessible. Wren Williamson is taking on this community project for Girl Scouts. She has a goal of raising $2,700 by the end of February and is already halfway there. The park bathroom is schedule to be renovated this spring. Wren's ...

Big Sandy UMC is “counting their blessings” during February worship services


If we take the time to look, God’s blessings appear all around us, prompting us to pause, reflect and give praise.   Big Sandy UMC (Southwest District) is making it a priority to “count their blessings,” as the congregation observes, reflects upon, and gives God glory for all of the tremendous gifts they have received. During the month of February 2018, Big Sandy UMC is celebrating their blessings during the 10:45 a.m. worship services.   On February 11, the children and youth of the church led ...

Duncanville UMC launches “Taking the Church to You” initiative


In January of 2018, Duncanville UMC (Southwest District) launched a new ministry initiative called “Taking the Church to You,” in an effort to serve members of their church family who cannot join the congregation for Sunday morning worship. Factors like sickness, injury, work obligations, and other circumstances outside of a person's control may keep members from being physically present on Sundays. However, Duncanville UMC believes that when a member of their church family cannot come to ...

Tuscaloosa First UMC begins bicentennial year celebration with Worship in the Taverns


by Gina Johnson, Church Administrator First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa In 1818, two hundred years ago, Tuscaloosa was little more than a settlement of shanties by a powerful river. There were two substantial structures, both taverns—a combination hotel, meeting place, restaurant and drinking establishment. Ebenezer Hearn, a preacher from the Tennessee Conference with a stutter, rode into the area and stopped at one of these places—Halbert’s. There as his notes said, “by the grace of ...

Druid Hills UMC reaches out to neighbors through ESL classes


In Druid Hills UMC’s intentional effort to connect with their Hispanic neighbors, the congregation launched English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in September 2017. In the last week of August they held in-person registration at the church and registered 42 people. Most of those registered attended the first day of class. After two months, there are just over 25 regular students among three class groups. The groups include a beginner class on Monday nights with eight students, a Tuesday ...

Detroit UMC’s outreach effort results in pastor preaching from rooftop


In September of 2015, Jason Clifton was appointed as the Supply Pastor of Detroit United Methodist Church in the Southwest District. District Superintendent Rev. Roger Thompson stated: “Jason was recommended to me by a pastor in the area as someone with a heart for Jesus and a desire to serve. I appointed Jason for the remainder of the year, with the hope that he would be willing to continue on in the next Conference Year.” When Jason arrived at Detroit UMC in 2015, the average worship ...

Forest Lake UMC celebrates Unity Sunday


On February 26, 2017, Forest Lake United Methodist Church in the Southwest District, hosted a unity service entitled United by Love: From Segregation through Integration to Unity. The event featured a diversity of music and a panel discussion by three graduates of Tuscaloosa High School class in 1969. The panelist, two Caucasian and one African-American, shared their experiences of integration. Flossie Conwell told stories about students spitting at her and teachers who refused to call her by ...

Holt and Druid Hills UMCs actively seek to connect with their Hispanic neighbors


The congregations of Holt and Druid Hills UMCs (Southwest District) want to connect with their Hispanic neighbors. This Christmas they stepped out to try to do just that. They planned for their Christmas Eve Service to be a bilingual worship service in both English and Spanish. They also planned a fellowship time of cookies and hot cocoa. In preparation, Pastor Rev. Sarah Smoot visited several Hispanic businesses and a neighborhood of Hispanic residents to offer invitations to worship and ...

Cottondale UMC packs appreciation bags for local law enforcement officers


To show appreciation for National Police Week, the Cottondale United Methodist congregation had a pizza party and took on the challenge of packing some very special appreciation bags on Saturday, May 7, 2016.& Each bag was lovingly and prayerfully packed with a Mountain Dew, a bag of chips, cookies, candy and, of course, doughnuts. They packed a total of 670 bags — enough for each uniformed officer in the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Office,Tuscaloosa County Jail, ...

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