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North Alabama Conference youth attend Harambee 2014


Twenty-six youth and eight adults from North Alabama Conference participated in the 18th Annual Youth Harambee. Harambee is a Youth Conference planned by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodist for Church Renewal Harambee Planning Team. The Youth Conference was held this year on June 25-30 at Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Led by Mrs. Kathy Stallworth, North Alabama participants came from Mt. Mariah, Lakeside, Lakeview, Spring Hill, St. Paul Triana, King’s Memorial and ...

An Update to the Conference Background Check Process


The Connectional Ministries Office of the North Alabama Conference announces improvements in how background checks are processed through its office. The following enhancements allow churches to have greater control of the background check process, as well as providing a more efficient means of clearance for conference events. In the spring of 2013, the Connectional Ministries staff discovered that the background checks previously being run were not consistent with the Conference’s Safe Sanctuary...

Hokes Bluff First UMC youth donate time and money to Sumatanga


On September 21, 2013,  a motivated mission team of youth from Hokes Bluff First UMC spent a rainy Saturday volunteering at Sumatanga. The group painted three rooms in the Property Director's house, which is currently being renovated.  The youth also made a monetary donation to Camp. Thank you Hokes Bluff Youth! If you, your church group, or group of friends would like to volunteer at Sumatanga, call the camp office at 256-538-9860 or email Volunteer Coordinator, Bruno Hughes at volunteer@sumata...

Magic City Tribes answers summer youth ministry challenge for local churches


The summer months present a unique challenge for youth groups who often find their students traveling on vacations, participating in sports leagues, taking extra classes or working summer jobs. To respond to this challenge, several churches worked together to create the program Magic City Tribes. Using funding from the Office of Connectional Ministries and the Central District, student ministry interns at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover created a six-week competition that met at a ...

Anniston First youth mix missions and fun on beach trip


Early on a Sunday morning in late June, 27 students, 12 adults and one Counselor-in-Training circled up to pray before piling into vans and traveling from Anniston First UMC to Panama City Beach for a week of mission work and fun. Before leaving, the students were challenged to think about what they were "bringing to the table" as a team member on the trip. Mark Kilgore, one of the church's youth directors, had put in many hours planning and setting the table so that the students would be able ...

Pleasant Hill UMC youth take summer mission trip across town and find hope in own community


The youth of Pleasant Hill UMC in Bessemer took a different direction with their mission site this year. They have worked with YouthWorks ( over the past nine years and have served places like Cincinnati, Savanna, Daytona, and beyond. This year they stayed with YouthWorks, but decided to serve the city of Birmingham for good reason. “Every year the youth do such a wonderful job serving and always wish that they could keep in touch with their mission sites,” Pleasant Hill UMC’s...

600 youth from across the country participate in work camps to do home repairs in Sylacauga area


At the end of June, The Daily Home featured a story about the Reach Workcamps which took place in the Sylacauga, Sycamore, Alpine and Childersburg areas of the Southeast District. The camps were brought to the area by Sylacauga First UMC. This summer, 53 homes have been repaired by almost 600 youth campers from eleven states. Go to to read the full article.  

Encounter 2013 in the books


Encounter 2013 is in the books and it was one for the ages. Over the weekend of February 22-24, 2013, nearly 450 youth and youth workers from North Alabama descended on the Gatlinburg Convention Center for three days of intense laughter, worship and hearing God's word. Our very own, Ben Nelson, worship leader at Discovery UMC in Hoover, led the worship opening with Like a Lion (God's Not Dead) and prayed that the Holy Spirit would fall and that God would come shake the ground with the sound ...

Youth from Ethnic congregations share what Encounter 2013 meant to them


The North Alabama Conference Ethnic ministries gave full scholarships for youth from ethnic congregations to attend Encounter 2013. Below are testimonies from students and adults who took part in this annual event for youth. Enon UMC Chaperon:  I wish I knew about events like this when I was a child but it is the greatest thing you can do for kids in this time in age. LaTunya Littlepage: This was my first time coming, but I have to say, this is a great thing for our youth, I will be here ...

Calera First partners with other churches for Prayer in the Park to kick off new school year


On Sunday August 19, 2012, several hundred Calera families kicked off the new school year with the 2nd annual Prayer in the Park at Ricky M. Cairns Football Field. Prayer in the Park is a community-wide praise and worship service coordinated by several local churches.  The event started as a back-to-school blessing of the backpacks service at Calera First United Methodist Church.  Last year, other Calera churches joined in and opened the event up for the whole community. “It was started because ...

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