Every Sunday morning thousands of United Methodists walk in the doors of church buildings to go to church. But what would happen if thousands, one Sunday a year, poured out into their communities to be the church? What would happen if, one Sunday a year, Christians could put aside theological differences and focus on being the hands and feet of Christ? What would happen if those outside of the church saw believers of all stripes loving their neighbor and then wanted to be a part of a church community that cares?
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, this vision will become a reality. Magic City Miracle
, for the last 2 years, has united Christians from different dominations, people from other faith traditions, and even those who don’t belong to a community of faith, all working together to make a difference. It is truly a beautiful vision of the creation of God’s kingdom right here in Birmingham.
Bishop Wallace-Padgett explains how Magic City Miracle is part of our larger vision and mission in the North Alabama Conference:
“Here in North Alabama we are focused on our vision of spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world. Indeed, we desire to spend a majority of our time and energy in ways that move us toward our vision.
Magic City Miracle is an initiative that began in Liberty Crossings UMC in the Birmingham area, expanded to include several additional Birmingham UMCs and has now added work site options in the Huntsville, Decatur and Gadsden areas. People and churches participating in Magic City Miracle are a part of God’s transforming work in the world. In the process we often experience transformation ourselves.”
Magic City Miracle includes more than 80 projects. Options range from helping the homeless, making homes accessible to those with disabilities, providing food to those in need, creating art with our friends on the streets, and much, much, more.
Jesus says in Matthew 28 to “Therefore go, and make disciples of all nations…” On Sunday, September 28th, we will see with our own eyes what the Great Commission looks like in action. Check out a video to learn more about Magic City Miracle here: http://vimeo.com/92798514
We hope you will join us for this exciting day. You can find more information, sign up to volunteer, and more at: magiccitymiracle.org.
||Rev. Wade Griffith
Senior Pastor, Liberty Crossings UMC
||Rev. Matt Lacey
Director of Mission and Advocacy, North Alabama Conference
||Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
North Alabama Conference