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Accessibility of sight and sound

Accessibility for hard of hearing

Some accessibility issues are neglected. Here are ways to help people of all abilities become more active in your worship service.

Youth with hearts for Christ

Youth back to church with hearts for mission

Masks on and hearts open! A pandemic cannot stop persons from engaging in mission projects at home or at the church.

Overwhelmed, anxious, but hopeful

Hopeful child learning online

“There is nothing easy about this time,” says the Rev. Kathy Pittenger. Still, she remains hopeful as she offers families and leaders ideas and resources to take into the new school year.

Great training opportunities ahead

Looking for training

Coach training and the Readiness to Launch network are two excellent online offerings from the conference office of Congregational Vibrancy. Sign up now! 

Comfort in connecting

Connecting with senior members

Birmingham First United Methodist Church organized a telephone ministry as a way of connecting members and friends of the congregation during COVID-19.

Churches reach out to seniors

Sermon by phone reaches seniors

Some older United Methodists avoid social media, making it challenging to keep them connected with the church. Other seniors have proven adaptable to technology during the pandemic.

Help at the starting line

Berkley First found help in Fresh Expressions.

Pastors and churches in Michigan have gone through months of learning new things. More help is available from the Office of Congregational Vibrancy.

COVID challenges musicians and choirs

Virtual choirs perform during pandemic

The pews are empty and choirs sidelined. But musicians have kept their worship communities alive even while they can’t gather.

Rural parishes are a gift

Growing in rural countryside

Allen Stanton says, “Rural churches are places where people ask serious questions, explore their faith and seek to live it out in meaningful ways.”

Multi-ethnic dialogue: listen first

multi-ethnic church holds baptism in Ohio

Multi-ethnic communication begins by actively listening to the different voices and experiences in your church and community.