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We Got The BEAT! Recent Barnes Fund Grant Recipients Share Their Award Outcomes and Advice
Pictured: Some “Joyristas,” friends of Java Joy and ESP (Extra Special People), in the SERVE ROME kitchen at Rome First UMC. They use the kitchen 7 days a week for Java Joy — a mobile coffee cart that goes all over Rome and Northwest Georgia! By Rebecca Wallace In 2020, the North Georgia Conference established the Barnes Evaluation and Administrative Team (BEAT) to oversee a new process to grant funds to churches for innovative mission and ministry. As of March, BEAT has granted nearly $3 ...
United Methodists Collaborate on Lenten Services
Rev. Josh Swanson of the Augusta University Wesley Foundation and Grovetown UMC, and Rev. Scott Parrish of St. Luke UMC and Mann Mize UMC. On Ash Wednesday, Augusta United Methodist Partnership churches offered imposition of ashes in the Augusta Commons, a busy public park used for events, festivals, and concerts. The outdoor opportunity was an expression of our United Methodist connection and a way to meet the community where they are. Members of the community as well as members of the ...
Tornado Buckets: A New Tool in Disaster Response
Earlier this month, The Nett UMC included a pilot project for Disaster Response as part of their Mission Sunday—Tornado Buckets.  Just as UMCOR Cleaning Buckets (or "Flood Buckets") include key, immediate needs of those experiencing hurricane and flooding, Tornado Buckets are filled with supplies needed immediately after a tornado or wind damage. Tornado buckets were developed by the Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur, Alabama. They have been assembled and deployed there for a few years. ...
At The Table Norcross, Newest Campus of The Nett UMC, Holds First Service
We celebrate with Rev. Woojin Kang and The Nett UMC as "At the Table Norcross" launched monthly dinner worship services in historic downtown Norcross in February.  This newest campus of The Nett began with a calling to create a space for young people to experience church and the love of God in a new way.  In related news, the Conference celebrates The Nett for being named one of the Top 100 Reproducing Churches in the country by Outreach Magazine! 
Praying, Giving, Serving: Responding to Damage from Tornadoes, Severe Storms Across North Georgia
Updated January 27 "On behalf of the North Georgia Conference, we send our earnest prayers to all those persons and communities affected by the recent tornadoes. We also pray for generosity and provision asking individuals, churches, and organizations to contribute to UMCOR." —Bishop Robin Dease (Read the full message from Bishop Dease.) Along the path of a tornado in Griffin. Photo by Mark Brown. North Georgia United Methodists join in prayer for all who were affected by the January 12 ...
Madras UMC Launches in Newnan with Weekly Worship
On Sunday, January 22, Madras United Methodist Church launched in the South West District of the North Georgia Conference. This new church start now begins weekly worship. "Sunday was probably one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said lead pastor Rev. Fede Apecena. "For the team and I to launch and say 'hey, we are here and we are seeing the fruits of our presence in this area; all the hard work and the wait was worth it' is fantastic!" The launch was two years in the making! ...
Fresh Expressions Are Reaching New People in New Places in North Georgia
A Fresh Expression is a form of church for those not connected to any church. Fresh Expressions take shape outside of the walls of the church in places where our neighbors are already gathering. Fresh Expressions are anchored to existing churches, connecting churches with people who would never enter the church building on a Sunday morning.  Fresh Expressions in the North Georgia Conference are making new disciples and are passing on the traditions of our Wesleyan faith in new and creative ...
Churches Open as Cold Weather Shelters Christmas Week
In 2022, Christmas week includes both the longest night of the year and some of the coldest nights in many years, with highs expected to be below freezing. United Methodist churches across our Conference are opening their doors for those without a place to stay warm. United Methodist churches opening as overnight shelters this week (and this season) include: Brookhaven UMC Central UMC Conyers First UMC Decatur First UMC Douglasville UMC Due West UMC Ellijay First UMC Rome First UMC Tucker First...
Housing and Homeless Council Celebrates Operational Grant Recipients
By Rev. Stacey Rushing The North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council is excited to celebrate its 2022 Operational Grant Recipients! We appreciate the work of the Housing and Homeless Council members who reviewed applications, visited applicants, and prayerfully discussed how to best award funds to help the Church serve neighbors in need. We were so inspired by churches of all sizes in communities across the North Georgia Conference who are finding meaningful ways to address poverty and ...
Pastor Brings Chess Club to Kids in His Apartment Complex
This fall Rev. Josh Miles of Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta started a chess club for kids at his apartment complex. With support from the church, 20 young people participated weekly over pizza. Sybil Davidson in Conference Communications checked in with him on this heartwarming and inspiring ministry.  Sybil: What gave you the idea for a Chess Club? Josh: I still remember how my elementary school in Athens, Ga. brought in a local chess instructor during the fall of my third-grade year. We ...
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