On August 27, 2011, United Methodists in the Red Bird Missionary and Kentucky Conferences joined community members to make a huge impact. Over 800 volunteers signed up for the event, choosing to complete home repairs, work in community gardens, collect food and even participate in a motorcycle prayer ride! Music, food, speakers and a time of reflection helped cap the day with a well-deserved celebration. Click here to read a summary of the day from the Kentucky Annual Conference!
For the second year in a row, United Methodists collaborated with community members to help preserve Topeka’s beautiful natural resources. During the May 1, 2011, service day, more than 700 volunteers chose to spring up and clean up 12 local parks. After a hard day’s work, those serving celebrated with great music, food and fellowship.
Impact Community Day Photos
The first-ever Impact Day sponsored by the entire Western North Carolina Conference was held June 5, 2010. All 15 districts were represented and resulted in more than 14,600 volunteers, serving over 620,000 people.
Photos provided by Mark Barden, Director of Communications, Western North Carolina Conference.
Beginning 2010, United Methodist Communications’ Rethink Church initiative will offer partnership grants for media and marketing to United Methodist districts, conferences and clustered churches who will engage with their community in outreach ministries events.
This new program. Impact Community, encourages The people of The United Methodist Church to effect change in their local communities by supporting their efforts with:
Media planning, placement, design, customization and funds
Event planning resources and assistance
Event registration software
Public Relations tips and strategies
A training module specifically for event day volunteers.
Impact Community events will be as unique and diverse as the people who organize them, but there are several basic elements that we envision being incorporated into a successful event experience. The composition of the event day will reflect an opportunity for training specific to welcoming the community, a service project that meets the needs of the community and is sustainable and a worship/celebration component.
United Methodist Communications is very excited to be joining our churches together to reach out to communities in need as one church family, proving what we say we believe with what we do!
Media services, planning, estimates and placement, are still available at no cost to all our congregations by calling toll free 877-281-6535 or emailing us at ImpactCommunity@umcom.org.
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