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Both/And Worship Cohort 3rd Round

The Church Development Office, in partnership with the WNCC Foundation and the Reynolds Ministry Fund, is excited to offer the 3rd Round of the BOTH/AND Hybrid Worship Cohort Grant in an effort to help our churches improve the quality of online worship and provide a framework for hybrid worship in preparation for a post-pandemic reality. This is a rolling grant. When you apply you will receive a response as soon as possible. We will receive applications from May 18 to July 1., or until we receive 30 applicant churches (Whichever comes first.).

Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series and Theologians In Residence events

Lake Junaluska will host outdoor, lakeside Sunday worship services led by visiting preachers as part of the Summer Worship Series (June 26-Aug. 14), as well as Theologians In Residence events that offer personal and interactive experiences such as devotions, discussions, prayer walks and workshops. The Theologians In Residence who are participating will share ideas and experiences with fresh expressions for how to do ministry in today’s changed environment. The events are free and open to anyone seeking inspiration and new ideas for ways to do church. Church members, laity, ministers and those not part of a church are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Peace with Justice Sunday Pastor and Leader Kit

Welcome to the 2022 Peace with Justice Sunday Pastor and Leader’s Kit. This Special Sunday kit provides a full package of ready to use resources to help your church celebrate the Peace with Justice Special Sunday and define how we give, why we give and the impact we make through connectional efforts.

Gift of $20,000 From First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro to Hometown Habitat for Humanity

With $20,000 donated by First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro, HHFH will break ground on its 51st home later this year!

Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge

Our Christian principles charge us to be a community of prayer and action. We are to live in the tension of piety and work. Worldwide, we continue to experience racial, ethnic, and tribal injustices that dehumanize God’s people. We are called to work towards liberation — as a spiritual and actionable practice. For this reason, the General Commission on Religion and Race invites you to participate in the Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. Beginning on Juneteenth (Sunday June 19, 2022) we will post daily prayers on social media for six weeks. We’ll also include weekly challenges to help you put your prayers into action.