Church life

Local Church
The Rev. Daniel Hayes preaches the sermon Feb. 6 during worship at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church is celebrating Black History Month but also stays focused on the future. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Black church honors past, points to future

During Black History Month, leaders at John Wesley United Methodist Church reflect on Black history and tout programs for future generations. United Methodist News spent a recent Sunday at the thriving African American church.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist women celebrate after receiving food parcels at Bwanya United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. The early Christmas celebration was hosted by the Mukandi family, who provided lunch and gifts for 250 members from six local churches near Mutoko. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Family throws surprise Christmas party for 250 women

Sharing from their abundance, the Mukandis of Bwanya United Methodist Church give clothing and food baskets to people from six congregations.
Faith Stories
United Methodist Melissa Shaneyfelt (left) donated one of her kidneys to Kayla Hogan (right) in June of 2018. They did not know each other until Shaneyfelt read about Hogan's need of a kidney on Facebook. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

A nudge from God saves a mother

A United Methodist woman says a nudge from God to respond to a Facebook post about a stranger's need for a new kidney led to the life-saving organ donation.
General Church
Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects pews to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, May 10, 2020, following online worship, which is recorded in the sanctuary. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

2020: The year in UM News photos

The year 2020 was an eventful and difficult one for the church. Photographers from UM News documented a year in the life of United Methodism worldwide.

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