Worship

Local Church
The Rev. Josh Beaty, pastor of discipleship at Christ United Methodist Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was among many United Methodists who participated in the March for Our Lives rally held March 24 in Parkland, Fla. As mass shootings increase in the U.S., churches are considering how far they are willing to go to ensure security. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Churches balance safety and maintaining piety

In this era of mass shootings, pastors and other church officials are deciding how far they are willing to go to ensure security.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward preaches at Clarks United Methodist Church, on the outskirts of New Bern, North Carolina. The church celebrated homecoming and burned a paid-off mortgage during the September 23 service, which Ward led with the Rev. Michael Register, pastor. Members shared stories of flood damage from Hurricane Florence. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Giving thanks in New Bern

Bishop visits on special Sunday at Clarks United Methodist Church, in an area of North Carolina hard hit by Hurricane Florence.
General Church
United Methodist young adults gather at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, sharing moments of faith sharing, worship, dance and communion. A team of United Methodist experts gives advice on which contemporary worship songs are compatible with Wesleyan theology and evaluates their sing-ability for congregations. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Where the hymnal stops, they step in

United Methodist team gives advice on whether and how to use the most popular contemporary Christian worship songs
Evangelism
Presian Vlaiakov sings at the Sofia (Bulgaria) United Methodist Church. Vlaiakov, the son of a single mother, said his commitment to the church grew out of the love and help the church showed him as a child. Photo by the Rev. Mihail Stefanov.

Church provided family for Bulgarian boy

Presian Vlaiakov talks about how his commitment to the church grew out of the love and help the church showed him as a child.

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