Arkansas United Methodist

The Arkansas United Methodist is the monthly publication of the Arkansas Conference, designed to bring the good news of the faith and witness of United Methodists across our state.

OMP 101

OMP 101 is an annual event organized by the Ozark Mission Project that lets youth, grades 5 and 6, learn the ways that OMP helps communities in need. Kids learn how to use power tools, build simple wooden structures, and have fun in the process. Check out some of the...

Messy Church Helps All Ages Feel the Love of God

A young lady plays with some homemade slime during a Messy Church event at Sardis UMC. || Photo Provided by Melinda ShunkIt is the dog days of summer! Vacation Bible School is done. It is not quite time for promotion Sunday. Families seem to be hit and miss on Sunday...

Feeding the Hungry, Clothing the Naked, and Healing the Sick in Goshen

Most people assume that if you want to impact your community in a major way, you’re going to need a large congregation to do it. That way of thinking doesn’t seem to apply to Goshen UMC, a small congregation in the Northwest District that has managed to start a free...

Four Churches Join Forces, Provide a Home for the Homeless

About two years ago, four United Methodist churches in Rogers -- Central UMC, First UMC, Oakley Chapel UMC and Grace UMC -- came together to find the biggest needs not just in Rogers, but Benton County. The Rev. Les Oliver said the Methodist churches, along with St....

A Month Full of Youth Events

This month, youth groups from across the Conference at home and abroad for amazing weeks full of fun, worship and growing in faith. Youth 2019 was July 10 - 14 in Kansas City, Missouri and the theme this year was Love Well. Groups of teens from the Central District...

Back to School Means Back to Change for Children — and Adults

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 Didn’t kids just get out of school for the summer? Immediately after the red, white and blue bunting and...

A Reflection on the 2019 Hendrix Youth Institute

Having the opportunity to participate in the Hendrix Youth Institute for two weeks this summer was one of the most exciting, influential, and reassuring things I’ve ever done. Whether it was allowing myself to be vulnerable within small groups about troubles or doubts...