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The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church is proud to share inspirational stories about our connection with Christ, connection with each other as Arkansas United Methodists, and connection with our communities through mission and being the hands and feet of Jesus. If you have a story idea for the Great REconnection, please email Day Davis at day.davis@arumc.org.

Bread Breaking Guild

Bread Breaking Guild

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...

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...

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

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

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...

Lakewood United Methodist Church unveils new sensory room

Lakewood United Methodist Church unveils new sensory room

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...

Faith UMC Exceeds Collectober Goal

Faith UMC Exceeds Collectober Goal

For 45 years, United Methodist Churches in Arkansas have participated in Ingathering, a 200,000 More Reasons state-wide service event to replenish disaster relief supplies and feed the hungry. This year's Ingathering included a month-long collection event, entitled...

Sardis UMC Creates Special Treats for Local NICU

Sardis UMC Creates Special Treats for Local NICU

Bauxite, AR (October 18, 2022) - A baby’s first Halloween costume is often an exciting and adorable rite of passage for new parents. Families with babies in neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs, they might not normally have the chance to celebrate. These times can...

Small Church Serves in a Big Way

Small Church Serves in a Big Way

Fighting food insecurity is a year-round effort embraced by many United Methodist churches. The Arkansas conference’s month-long collection endeavor, affectionately dubbed ‘Collectober,’ encourages churches to gather food and disaster kits to supply those in need and...

St. Paul UMC, Little Rock Celebrates Renovation

St. Paul UMC, Little Rock Celebrates Renovation

On September 18, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Little Rock celebrated the re-opening of their renovated Richard Fellowship Hall and Ruth Wilson Room, which sustained huge amounts of water damage during the beginning of the pandemic. It was a grand celebration...

Something Good from the Pandemic

Something Good from the Pandemic

When the pandemic temporarily halted in-person worship, weddings, and funerals, churches were left wondering how they could continue to provide a connection with their congregations. Many found it through streaming worship services online. However, the same equipment...