Conference youth events offer youth opportunities for spiritual growth and vital inspiring worship. Registration is now open for Breakaway, the Appalachian Trail Hike, and ACS (Annual Conference Session).
The very first story in the Bible is of God creating all the things of the earth and then resting on the seventh day. As we honor God’s creation, we also honor the Sabbath, allowing for a time of rest and renewal.
Bishop Ward encourages us to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week and introduces a new ministry – MAPS (Methodists Advocating for Public Schools), with the Western North Carolina Conference.
Bishop Ward shares some of her experiences with children in worship and urges churches to develop creative ways to include and engage children in the worship experience.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be communicators of the Good News of the love, light and grace of God through Jesus Christ.
Bishop Ward describes the timing of Annual Conference 2017 which will conclude on Sunday, June 18.
For Christians, the events of Holy Week lead to the crucifixion and death of Jesus, bringing the ultimate darkness. But death and darkness cannot overcome the resurrection light and life of Easter morning.
As we prepare to enter Holy Week and in honor of Jesus, who suffered on the cross, Bishop Ward encourages us to be generous in giving to a mission project to alleviate suffering in the world.
Bishop Ward uses the lectionary texts for the fifth Sunday in Lent to remind us that the darkness of Lent and the journey to the cross is met with the light of triumph at Easter, when death is defeated and life is renewed.