More than half a million children in Michigan suffer from hunger and food insecurity. The 2021 Michigan Conference 5K is just the beginning of an initiative to help our kids in crisis.
This year some cherished Lenten traditions will continue and some others will change. Michigan Conference staff offer these safe and creative resources for churches, families, and individuals of all ages.
The Michigan Conference is distributing Christian Education Sunday funds, to churches in the Michigan Conference, in the form of a $300 mini-grant.
Caring for the Mental Health of Children is always important and especially so during a pandemic. This Zoom workshop will focus on the social and emotional needs of children, supporting adult caregivers, troubleshooting for fear, sadness, anxiety, etc. and more. Registration is required bit.ly/micmhw. The Zoom will be recorded.
Advent began on November 29. The Michigan Conference has produced new resources that will help your congregation on your virtual journey to Christmas Eve.
When traditional things, like Christmas pageants and plays, are not possible, creative alternatives help tell the story. Children of the Central Bay District churches share their views of Jesus’ birth.
This Advent “We have the opportunity to show people ritual tradition, and, most of all, hope,” says Kathy Pittenger, Coordinator of Children’s Initiatives for the Michigan Conference.
“Outwardly, the kids looked as happy and carefree as ever!” says the Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley. She adds that children are good at masking their feelings and offers a healing ritual.
Many things in our lives are different than they were five months ago. Pastor Devin Smith looks at what Matthew’s gospel teaches about children and suggests that different can be a good and holy thing.
Even when you can’t “go” to church, you can “be” the church. That’s what Michigan United Methodists are doing as they assist families struggling through the significant challenges of coronavirus.