GRFN Happenings

GRIFFIN DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS:  Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Best Practices Training Opportunities:
Thursday, January 30 at Griffin First UMC
6:00 - Dinner, 6:30 - Workshops
FREE if you RSVP by January 23

Rev. Debby Fox will lead the workshop for Children's Ministry
Rev. Sam Halverson will lead the workshop for Youth Ministry

All clergy and laity who work with children or youth, or who are interested in starting programs for children and youth, are encouraged to attend.  Please notify the District Office by January 23 if you plan to attend - grfn@ngumc.net or 770-227-1074.

 

ALL PART TIME LOCAL PASTORS WILL MEET WITH THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON ORDAINED MINISTRY ON MARCH 31, 2020.  Detailed schedules will be mailed out to all local pastors after the first of the year.  The purpose of this meeting will be to conduct evaluations and to renew local pastor licenses.  In preparation for this meeting, all local pastors should schedule an evaluation meeting with your SPR Committee to compete the evaluation form (see below).  Those forms will need to be completed, signed and returned to the District Office no later than March 17, 2020.

Clergy Evaluation for Ministers in First Year of an Appointment

Clergy Evaluation for Ministers in Returning Appointment

 

North Georgia Delegation Schedules Listening Session

The North Georgia delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference has scheduled a listening sessions to hear from North Georgia United Methodists. It is is set for Saturday,  March 21, at Griffin First UMC, 1:00pm.

Clergy and laity of the North Georgia Conference are invited to address the delegation on topics related to the 2020 General Conference. Maximum length of presentations will be communicated to registrants prior to the session. 

Church Development Grants Available
The Griffin District Trustees, Finance Committee, Board of Church Location & Building, and the District Leadership Team have recently approved the creation of District Church Development Grants that will be available to assist churches with a variety of property related issues.  The grants will be funded through proceeds from the sale of closed churches in the district, and will be available to vital and active churches that are current with apportionments and District Work Fund, have at least 1 outreach ministry, and have some funds on hand or pledged for the project.  Projects could include parking lot paving, making the facility more handicap accessible, major upgrades or repairs to the facility, etc.  Grants will not exceed $5000, except in rare cases.  Applications will be accepted quarterly, with the first deadline of March 15, 2020.  To receive an application and more information, contact the District Office (grfn@ngumc.net or 770-227-1074.)

Send some high school youth to visit college campuses on the next Campus Crawl

How do you help your high school students focus on continuing their faith journey after they take off from youth group and head toward college? Wouldn't it be great to help them recognize the benefits of being a part of a Wesley Foundation or campus ministry? 

Campus Crawl is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th through 12th grade students to United Methodist campus ministries featuring our Georgia United Methodist Colleges and Universities.  In one weekend high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist Colleges and Universities in Georgia as well as meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses.

This year we're visiting the following campuses and ministries: KSU, Reinhardt, Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta, LaGrange, West Georgia, and Emory.

 

The weekend is Feb. 27-29 and the cost is only $95 per person. (Your youth couldn't plan a weekend visit of ONE campus for that price.) Youth who participate need not have adults from their congregation, though we would love to have one per seven participate. Feel free to recommend this retreat to individuals. The retreat could fill up early, so register now.