Outreach

Evangelism
Children dance in front of the stage at Booneville (Iowa) United Methodist Church’s annual music festival. What began as a small way for Booneville United Methodist Church to reach out to the community has blossomed into an annual event attracting hundreds. Photo by Courtney Levin, Iowa Conference.

Small church’s music festival draws big crowds

What began as a small way for Booneville United Methodist Church to reach out to the community has blossomed into an annual event attracting hundreds.
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.
A woman pushes her daughter in a stroller past the monastery for the Church of the Assumption in Cornești, Romania. The United Methodist Church in Romania is providing support for refugees from the war in Ukraine who are staying at the monastery. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Video: Romanian church’s hotel ministry houses Ukrainian refugees

A hotel and ministry center run by The United Methodist Church in Romania hosts numerous programs to help Ukrainian refugees, as well as the rest of the community.
Local Church
Kids helped make baked goods as volunteers from Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church in Hampden, Me., completed 24 mission projects in it's own community during Raya (neighbor) Mission Week. Photo courtesy of the New England Conference.

Church takes mission trip into its own community

Inspired by a United Methodist church in Pennsylvania, Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church in Hampden, Me., set out to do mission projects to assist its neighbors, completing 24 projects, nine more than originally planned. The New England Conference has the story.

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