Aliceville UMC is increasing worship attendance through faithfulness
by David F. Parker, pastor Aliceville First UMC
Honestly, I was surprised when we have had an 11% attendance growth at Aliceville First United Methodist Church. We did the usual things: Disciple IV Bible Study, a Wednesday Night meal with a teaching session, take out meals for those unable to attend and our Wednesday Children's program where we pick up 26 -30 children from school, bring them to church and teach them about Jesus.
We also focused on mission and outreach. We had our Annual Shoe Box Ministry drive and the White Christmas Offering that added to our Mission outreach during the Christmas Season. We gave away chili to thank those who responded to our drive to help Katrina victims. We also gave away hot chocolate as the Christmas parade passed by our building and had the doors open and the Christmon tree lighted for mini-tours of the building.
We have had mission speakers on Wednesday night to tell us about Mission Ministries in other United Methodist Churches. The Disciple IV class concluded with a foot washing and Holy Communion Service that several remarked was the most meaningful service in their Christian life.
During Lent we had a Maundy Thursday Service with the burning of the Palm branches from last year and the imposition of the ashes in the form of the cross to begin Lent.
Our Youth are on a white water rafting trip this weekend and we have gained several new members during this period, but in all honesty the baptism of twins in a Morning Worship Service brought not only our church family together, but also brought other family members to worship and helped our increase.