Young People

Local Church
The Rev. Nathan Webb is pastor of Checkpoint Church, which was designed to be exclusively virtual. The church utilizes social media platforms Twitch, Discord and YouTube to build community. Screenshot courtesy of Checkpoint Church via YouTube.

‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As churches in the pandemic era have gotten creative with virtual worship, Checkpoint Church was designed to be exclusively virtual. They don’t even have a building.
Mission and Ministry
Youth and adults from Oregon United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in Oregon, Ill., repair the porch on a home in Tracy City, Tenn. The team volunteered with Mountain T.O.P., a ministry that serves families in the Cumberland Mountain region of southeast Tennessee. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Youth group strives to be ‘hope, love, light’ to neighbors

After missing its 2020 mission trip, a youth group from a tiny town in northern Illinois traveled to Tennessee for a rural service project.
Worship
Loice Namatai Chinyerere (left) and Taziwa Brian Mbwizhu sing during the launch of their album at 7 Arts Avondale, a music venue in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Young musicians praise God and share their faith

Three Zimbabweans with United Methodist roots enrich their church as they pursue and nurture their love of music.
Local Church
Gordon Yu (left) and Julian Kim record a scene for the film “Happy Cleaners,” which examines the lives of working-class Korean Americans. Photo by Janice Chung.

Film puts Korean Americans center stage

The film “Happy Cleaners” takes a look at the lives of working-class Korean Americans and was written and directed by two United Methodists.

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