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Vacation Bible School, service projects and retreats may be a child or young person's introduction to church. We compiled our best ideas for having fun and nurturing relationships this summer. Read More

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District superintendents attend a two-day training in Freetown in basic computer skills Sept. 8, 2016. The training, organized by John Yambasu (left), was to equip the superintendents to use laptops donated by United Methodist Communications upon their return to their districts. Photo courtesty of Phileas Jusu, United Methodist Communications

New laptops help connect district superintendents in Sierra Leone

Clergy often had to travel long distances to check email at internet cafés. Thanks to a new church initiative, they can do it from home. Read More

Sierra Leone Conference lay leader, Anne Koroma (right), addresses Trebes Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, Sierra Leone, on the roles of lay leaders in local churches. Associate lay leader, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, stands to the left of Koroma. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Training Lay Leaders: How Sierra Leone met the challenge – and you can, too

Necessity has been called the mother of invention. That proved true for lay leaders in Bo who created their own training session. Could your church do the same? Read More

Isaac Broune (left) and Joe Tueche Ndzulo handle the French desk during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. News reports from General Conference were transmitted via text message in four languages to almost 4,000 recipients in Africa. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Thousands of Africans received GC2016 news via text

A new texting program kept African United Methodists in the loop as General Conference was happening. Read More

Mike DuBose from United Methodist Communications and David Stucke of the Dakotas Annual Conference capture moments digitally during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Newsroom brings General Conference’s story to the world

When the church’s top legislative body met in May, United Methodist News Service provided comprehensive coverage of their work, ensuring stories were reported quickly, objectively and thoroughly. Read More