The Carpenter’s Workshop

Written by Keri Cousins, Youth Director Last summer, our youth director and volunteers at Goddard United Methodist Church began assessing what could be taught in the six-year youth program to help the youth succeed as they become young adults. They concluded that the students could use more education in basic life skills. Thus, a new program […]

Experiencing the year in Jubilee

contributed by Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris, First UMC Bentonville The Year of Jubilee was a celebration that was meant to take place every fifty years in Ancient Israel in which the land laid fallow and was allowed to recover, and all past debts were canceled and people were returned to their ancestral land. It was […]

Hot Springs First UMC Blessed the “Loveys”

Last Sunday, First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs hosted a special celebration of God’s love for all by inviting children of ANY age (adults, too!) to bring their “lovey” (stuffed animal or special blanket) to worship for a special blessing. Michelle Wilkins, children’s minister, shared, “Children learn through play, so this is a unique […]

Arkansans Relish Time Spent with NOMADS Ministry

contributed by Shelley and Roy Lee, Central District Disaster Response Coordinators Hello from south Texas! About two years ago, Roy and I discovered a truth about disaster response: when it’s busy, it’s REALLY busy, but while we are enjoying “blue skies,” the deployments are few and far between. Roy and I serve as the Central […]

Malvern First UMC served a Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving day, Malvern First United Methodist Church provided over 700 Thanksgiving meals to members of the community. Many area businesses and non-profits donated food, and church members helped to prepare desserts. About 30 volunteers split between church members and community volunteers came to prepare the food, put the meals together, and deliver to many […]

Cooking Matters at Highland Valley UMC

contributed by Caroline Loftin Cooking Matters is a program designed with the goal of eliminating childhood hunger through healthy food and education. Embraced as a ministry by many churches, it brings a congregation and community together at the table to learn about the benefits of preparing and sharing a meal with others. Highland Valley United […]

Bread Baking Guild

contributed by Colleen Holt, Conway First UMC communicator Out of a Communion quandary has come a tasty new ministry at Conway First United Methodist Church: a Bread Baking Guild. When the church’s traditional Communion bread — a large loaf of Hawaiian bread — became unavailable during the Covid pandemic, things became more labor intensive for […]

Pocahantas First UMC: Dismantling the sin of racism

As a kickoff to a longer discussion about how to dismantle the sin of racism, Pocahontas First United Methodist Church members and youth joined Pastor Pat Bodenhamer to see the movie Till, on November 6. Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice […]

Bella Vista First UMC Members Hit Mission’s Hole-in-One

contributed by Caroline Loftin First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista members, John and Jean Justice, moved from Minnesota in 2004 to a house on the third green of an 18-hole golf course in Bella Vista. Their plan was to care for Jean’s parents and soak up retirement bliss in the beautiful corner of Arkansas, […]

Lakewood United Methodist Church unveils new sensory room

contributed by Ginger Kehler, Lakewood UMC Communications Director On November 13, Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock will have an open house to demonstrate its new sensory room, which offers toys and hands-on manipulatives providing a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses in a safe environment. Sensory rooms […]