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Organize Student Day Turkey Trot

Turkey Trotter for UM Student Day

Your United Methodist Student Day kit is filled with ideas and resources to help your congregation participate in this annual Special Sunday offering on November 29, 2020.

United Methodist Student Day shares calendar space with Thanksgiving. So why not have a Turkey Trot to raise dollars for scholarships? Equip your youth group to organize a community 5k run/walk fundraiser on Thanksgiving morning or weekend. This is a safe, outdoor activity that can be done with masks and social distancing. Details are in this Youth Resource Guide.

Here are more resources to download to help you with your celebration, whether in-person or online.

  • Encourage your members to download the resources to share with children at home and in small-group studies.
  • Distribute children’s resources to parents and grandparents and encourage them to use the materials at home. Your Christian education leaders may reinforce the lessons during church school.
  • Invite members to download mobile wallpapers to their phones and ask them to encourage their friends and family to use them and to share graphics on their social media pages.
  • Share the poster graphics on social media to remind the congregation about your United Methodist Student Day celebration.
  • Use social media cards as visuals during your online worship service to engage participants in worship on your media platforms.
  • Remind members to give online at UMC.org/SSgive or add your church’s online giving link in your social media posts and streaming comments if appropriate.
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Thank you for your faithful giving to the United Methodist Student Day offering. Your generous gifts support qualified United Methodist students as they prepare for life in uniting their faith with knowledge.

The Michigan Conference