Christian Education

Local Church
Vacation Bible school is going virtual this year, since many churches are closed or just reopening because of the coronavirus. Vacation Bible school online program logos courtesy of (clockwise, starting top left) Cokesbury, APEX UMC FAMILY, First United Methodist Church Oviedo, Go! Children’s Ministry Curriculum; illustration by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Different vacation Bible school coming this summer

Many churches are opting for a virtual vacation Bible school for the safety and health of children and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Church
Students gather for a Sunday school class at Brentwood (Tenn.) United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Curriculum is key in Sunday schools

Reaching children with the word of God begins with parents, but Sunday schools using United Methodist Publishing House curriculums can also play an important role.
Mission and Ministry
This photo, taken in 2010, shows Bennett College, a women-only school in Greensboro, N.C. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Black colleges and universities face challenges, too

While there have been no recent closures of United Methodist-affiliated black colleges and universities, schools such as Bennett College still face a challenging landscape.
Mission and Ministry
Students and faculty process during commencement at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain College.

Closures raise survival questions for small colleges

United Methodist-related colleges and universities are looking toward collaborations and mergers as they work to survive in challenging times for small liberal arts institutions.

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