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Youth of Buford First UMC Write Lent Devotional

3/26/2015
Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Buford First UMC’s youth program, F.L.A.M.E. has completed the second edition of their Lent devotional. While working at Tucker First UMC, Suzanne Clegg became inspired by a devotional that the congregation created during Advent season. Now, as Buford First’s Student Ministry Director, she decided to follow in their footsteps and make a Lent devotional written almost completely by youth. “It’s great to get youth to focus on something serious,” says ...



ELI Equips High Schoolers To Lead, Then Gives Them A Chance

3/19/2015
ELI helps 11-12th graders discover strengths, practice leadership, explore calling...   ELI End-Of-Summer Celebration Video 2014 From Glisson's Thursday Mail Call: What if instead of saying youth are the future of the Church, we realized they're a key part of its present? What if we gave high schoolers a chance to discover their natural strengths, learn leadership theories, practice leadership skills, and explore their calling? And what if that chance could be two parts: a ...

Connect with Sam Halverson: Associate Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministries

2/23/2015
Fun Fact About Sam Halverson  I love to cook for my family and friends and love eating in local places almost as much. Many would call me a “coffee snob” (but only before 1 p.m.).   What services does your position offer to local Churches? As one of the Associate Directors of Connectional Ministries I serve as a resource for congregations. As a person who has had over 30 years of experience in leading youth ministry in local churches I focus most of my work on youth and young adult ...

Children's Ministry Connection Hosts Creative Workshop Event

2/13/2015
Children’s Ministry Connection held their 2nd workshop session of their 2014/2015 school year on Saturday, February 7th, at Griffin First UMC. The event featured writer, Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color, who spoke of how anyone could pray creatively, regardless of artistic talent or age. MacBeth shared examples of her own prayer drawings. Her process usually begins with write a name, either a name for God or the name of someone she is praying for. From there she doodles abstract ...



Churches Big and Small Form Lasting Partnerships with Boy Scout Troops

2/8/2015
Scout Oath “On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Mount Pisgah UMC of Johns Creek recently honored the success of Fran Gillis; a man who has been the Scoutmaster for Troop 629 since 1999. Gillis celebrated the one hundredth Eagle Scout under his mentorship, Sunday, February 1st, 2015. The ...



Early Bird Registration Deadline Days Away for YOUTH 2015 in Orlando

1/20/2015
Three-plus packed days of inspiring speakers and top-flight Christian musical artists await youth and youth leaders who attend YOUTH 2015 in June, but the deadline early bird registration is just a few days away. The best possible price for the national gathering for United Methodist youth is available only until Jan. 31. The event, scheduled for June 24-28 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, is sponsored by Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries. YOUTH 2015 ...

Connect with Debby Fox: Associate Director with Emphasis on Children's Ministry

1/13/2015
Fun Fact About Debby Fox I was a centerfold!  No, not that kind! A national magazine for teachers featured my class and me as their centerfold poster, “A Day in the Life of a Teacher.”  What services does your position offer to local Churches?   I am delighted to offer training, consulting and coaching to clergy and laity in local churches in the areas of Christian Education, faith formation, Children’s Ministry, Safe Sanctuaries, leadership and ministry program development. I can ...

Four Ways to Strengthen Teen Leaders in Your Church

12/5/2014
Are there youth in your congregation with leadership potential and gifts? If there are youth in your congregation, that's likely a "yes"! Take a look at these four excellent opportunities to strengthen young leaders: 1. Apply for ELI (Experiential Leadership Institute) ELI stands for Experiential Leadership Institute, and it's available to rising 11th and 12th graders in your church. The commitment involves two weeks at the beginning of the summer (in 2015 ELI is looking for 100 teens from ...



College Students from United Methodist Churches Across North Georgia Receive UM Scholarships

12/4/2014
More than 100 college and seminary students from the North Georgia Conference received scholarships from the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in the 2014-2015 school year.  In addition to the dozens of scholarships available from GBHEM, several students from North Georgia United Methodist churches attending UM-related institutions applied for and received a Conference Merit Award scholarship thanks to the generosity of North Georgia Conference churches ...

Thank you! Amazing Generosity from North Georgia UMCs for Children's Home Offering

11/10/2014
Thank you to all the churches that have collected the 2014 Amazing Grace Offering for the UM Children's Home. Please read and share the following update from the Children's Home. God’s Amazing Grace has definitely been shining on The United Methodist Children’s Home in 2014, and we want to recognize just a few churches who have really stepped up the pace in donations! We are appreciative to each and every church who has taken or plans to take the Amazing Grace Offering (it’s not too late!) for ...



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