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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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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

‘Changing the game’ for a school in Zimbabwe

The Outernet – a project that provides free data via satellite -- brings 30,000 ‘books’ to rural schoolchildren. Dave Bonney reports on his visit to Zimbabwe and Helping Others Help Others. Read More

Plan for Summer: Great ideas for VBS and summer ministries

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