The Laity Report began with a message from the Conference Youth President, Andrew Thrash. Thrash related how his personal journey of faith has been nurtured and strengthened through the loving connections he has made through the conference youth events. “We are so frequently reminded the youth are the future of the church but are we not the present too? We are the church together right now, so let’s live together right now.”
The Laity report moved on to a game show, Laity in Ministry, hosted by Jay Locklear, with his assistant, Vanna White (aka Andrew Thrash.) Three puzzles were presented to introduce and celebrate the eight district lay ministries of the year. The puzzle solutions were Unique Generosity, Outreach Near and Far, and Turning Sorrow to Joy.
The district lay ministries of the year include:
- Beacon: First UMC, Washington – “The Church Has Left the Building”
- Capital: Soapstone UMC – “Artist-in-Residence”
- Corridor: Haw River UMC – “Port Pillows”
- Fairway: Love Joy UMC – “Sadie Rae Haywood Fund”
- Gateway: Pee Dee UMC – “Good Neighbor Fund”
- Harbor: Whiteville UMC – “Build a Bed”
- Heritage: Englewood UMC – “Peanut Packing Parties”
- Sound: Sharon UMC, Kinston – “Hope Restorations”
In an act of true generosity, $35,694.66 was given toward the Laity Special Offering to help our neighbors restore their lives through NC Conference’s Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.