In an effort to share successful models for ministry for United Methodist Churches in North Alabama, Canterbury UMC has posted videos on youtube.com. Associate pastor Rev. Mike Holly recently shared three of the programs that showed great success.
One of these projects was the Reverse Offering. According to Rev. Holly, the aim of the program is to get members of the congregation more deeply engaged in missions. To get more people involved hands-on, Rev. Warren Nash borrowed an idea he had heard about from another church. "In Reverse Offering, people receive money in an envelope during worship. They take that money out into the world and use it for missions. We wanted to see how far and wide an impact it could make in the city." Members got very creative in their use of the $10 each family received. Canterbury created a video to share some of the stories. Click here to watch it.
Canterbury also planned a "Stop Hunger Now" project that greatly exceeded expectations. Outreach Director Rachel Estes explains how the program was planned and carried out in one day. It was the brainchild of UMW president Diane Morgan and inspired by the book Ending Hunger Now, which was being used in a women's Bible study. What started as a goal to pack 25,000 meals grew into a shipping container of 142,560 meals. Click here to hear the story.
A group of Canterbury members joined with a contingent from Highlands UMC in Birmingham for an 13-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Planned by Rev. Warren Nash, the trip was an intentional walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Months of group study preceeded the trip, preparing travelers to connect with the stories from Scripture when they visited the holy sites. Click here to hear from them.