Worship

Local Church
Zach Bechtold (left) and the Rev. David Petty play a game of MLB The Show, streaming it live and engaging people who are viewing it in the chat section. The game is part of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming in Colorado Springs, Colo. Crossfire has grown to about 1,400 members on various platforms including Facebook. Photo courtesy of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming.

Moving ministries from idea to fruition

Good ideas are hard to find, but taking an idea and turning it into a fleshed-out ministry is even more difficult. In the Mountain Sky Conference, a two-and-a-half-day workshop dubbed Hatchathon seeks to fill the gap.
Worship
The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘It’s an experience’: Kickoff for Dotson institute

The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond kicks off with celebrations Aug. 18-20 in Atlanta. The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, a close colleague of Dotson’s before his death in 2021, explains her vision for the new venture.
Church Leadership
When the Rev. Vance Rains suggested suspending origami doves to syfrom First United Methodist Church's sanctuary ceiling, he wasn't sure what to expect. The congregation embraced the idea. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.

At church, paper doves send message of hope

A thousand origami doves are bringing comfort to the grieving and keeping the spirit of Pentecost going through the summer months at First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla.
Local Church
Toendepi Samson Marikasi sobs with grief over the loss of his wife, Alice Marikasi, 87, and her sister, Ellah Muti, 90, during a special memorial service at St. James Hwedza United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Pastor Daniel Luckson consoles him. United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe held services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 could gather to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Church offers closure to grieving families

United Methodist churches held memorial services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 gathered to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions.

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