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Hundreds Attend Fresh Expressions Event in Atlanta

1/31/2017
Rev. Audrey Warren. Photo Cynthia Mack. On January 25, the Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) hosted a Fresh Expressions Spark Day Event at the General Board of Global Ministries headquarters. This event was held to equip Christians to plant Fresh Expressions communities locally by learning how to renew existing congregations. Attendees learned a variety of ways to start Fresh Expressions communities by building networks and relationships. More than 240 members of the North Georgia, South ...



United Methodist Childrens Home to Sell Property, Expand and Accelerate its Mission

1/18/2017
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the board of the United Methodist Children's Home voted to expand its ministry by selling its DeKalb County property. Rev. Hal Jones, president and CEO of the Children's Home sent the following letter to be shared with North Georgia United Methodists: Dear North Georgia United Methodists,   I want you to be among the first to hear news about The United Methodist Children’s Home.   Responding to the growing and changing needs of the children and families, on Jan. 17 the ...



40 New Friends: Clergy Couple Sets Sights on Meeting the Neighbors

1/5/2017
A passerby made this prayer flag during the Candler Park Festival  By Sybil Davidson  “Hi!” “Nice to meet you!” “Great shirt!” “So, you drink coffee?” Revs. Anjie and Andy Woodworth were appointed in June to start a new church in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta with the members of the merged Epworth UMC and Druid Hills UMC. The clergy couple in this unique appointment are finding their way using an age old method — getting to know the neighbors! They have challenged themselves to ...



North Georgia Well Represented in First Class of Global Ministries Earthkeepers

12/15/2016
Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first-ever United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20.  “The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director.  The Earthkeepers’ training as a response to the growing awareness of creation care as an essential part of our discipleship as Christians. Earthkeepers ...



Global Ministries Completes Transition to Atlanta

10/21/2016
Global Ministries' new building on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. By Linda Bloom United Methodist News Service During an Oct. 20 dedication service and reception, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries officially marked its new status as an Atlanta institution.  The establishment of the mission agency’s headquarters and U.S. regional office in the renovated buildings of Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, is ...



Paint Ball Event Brings Youth to Ringgold UMC, Leaves Pastor with Blue Hair

9/21/2016
The second annual PAINT WAR RINGGOLD event was held as a messy and fun event for middle and high school students. Bobby Fleck, youth pastor of Ringgold UMC, organized the event at the church along with an army of more than 50 volunteers as a way to reach out to new students and have some great fun together. “The goal for these students is to have fun in a safe but crazy way,” said Fleck. “We want them to know that we are a church that cares about them, and we want them to know that they can ...



Fam Fest One of Many Outlets for Helping UM Children's Home

9/9/2016
The United Methodist Children's Home shares "25 Ways Everyone Can Get Involved in Foster Care" Learn more here There are many simple ways to support foster care at The Children’s Home. Whether you have time, resources, or love to give, we hope our list will inspire you to get involved today! Give Time Tutor a child in their foster home Volunteer to style a child’s hair Be approved to provide childcare and give our foster parents a much-needed break or date night. Provide transportation for ...



Presente! Global Ministries Commissions 46 Global Mission Fellows in Atlanta

8/3/2016
Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church commissioned its latest class of young adult Mission Fellows at a service in the sanctuary of Grace UMC in Global Ministries Atlanta headquarters on August 3.  The 46 young people are truly fulfilling Global Ministries' vision of "from everywhere, to everywhere." Among this group are missionaries going from The Philippines to Mozambique, from DR Congo to Brazil, from Singapore to Germany, from South Korea to Barbados, and crossing the world in ...



Training Opportunity: Strengthen Families With Addiction Prevention Ministry

7/27/2016
Many in our communities -- and church families -- struggle with someone who has drug and/or alcohol addiction. Once it gets to that point a church is often best served to refer to well trained counselors. But one of the best first steps for a church ministry is a prevention program which assists in strengthening individuals and families. In association with the Global Ministries unit SPSARV we are pleased to offer a Train the Trainer event in the North Georgia Conference August 22-23, 9 AM-4:30...



Pokemon Go and Your Church: Evangelism and Hospitality Opportunities Are All Around

7/19/2016
The game Pokemon Go is a phenomenon like we've never before seen! People of all ages are taking to their communities to play by “catching” Pokemon on their smartphones. Most local churches are part of the game as “PokeStops” or “Gyms” (or both), in other words, a destination for players. The assignment of “PokeStops” is made by the game maker, rather than the church or business, but there are ways local churches can take advantage of the opportunity to meet the neighbors. The game is played ...



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