Header photo: Richard Drilling, St. Paul UMC, Little Rock

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.

The Vine of NWA is Doing Church Differently

The Vine of NWA is Doing Church Differently

"Do Church Differently" is the concept being shared by The Vine of Northwest Arkansas, led by Rev. Todd Lovell, to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ (read more here). Recently, this newest church plant of the ARUMC teamed up with Spreading Hope NWA to hand...

Online Ministry with No Bounds

Online Ministry with No Bounds

The hymn “Go ye, go ye, into the world, and make disciples of all the nations” can be energetically sung when your online services are, indeed, reaching persons across the globe. Rev. Peaches Smith, pastor of Haven United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, is aware of...

Bringing the Banquet to the People

Bringing the Banquet to the People

When the adult Sunday school class at Thornton United Methodist Church discussed “bringing the banquet to the people,” they took it to heart. The class of about 9 to 12 people decided to start reaching out to their community in different ways each month. Through this...

Amy Ezell Receives Epi Award for Trailblazing Work

Amy Ezell Receives Epi Award for Trailblazing Work

On the first day of Annual Conference, the Arkansas Conference of the UMC staff managed to pull off a big surprise for Amy Ezell, our Director of the Center for Communication. United Methodist Communications awarded Amy with the Epi Award for her trailblazing work at...

Manchester UMC Issues Challenge in Support of Ukraine

Manchester UMC Issues Challenge in Support of Ukraine

Manchester UMC, a small rural congregation located 8 miles east of Arkadelphia, has issued a "Ukraine Challenge" for the local churches of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. During a recent men's group meeting, Manchester UMC member John Haltom...

A Wedding Story

A Wedding Story

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. On Sunday, May 1, Rev. Amanda Smith, pastor of Norphlet United Methodist Church, had the honor of officiating the wedding of Robert Jackson, 89, to Mary Linda Darden, 77. “They had actually been married some 60 years...

Sundaes on Saturday

Sundaes on Saturday

Members of the St. Paul UMC Little Rock family shared ice cream sundaes of their own design as well as a long-awaited fellowship on Saturday, May, 14. The purpose of the event was to spend time together again after the long hiatus with well-known church family members...

The Best Little Thrift Store You’ve Never Heard Of

The Best Little Thrift Store You’ve Never Heard Of

At some point in your life, you have probably heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." And if you have ever visited a thrift store, then you know that is, in fact, true. If you have stopped by Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in the last...

Rev. Troy Conrad Speaks on Racism Through History

The Malvern Historical Society, with a grant from the state of Arkansas, recently presented a forum about racism through history. The forum was held on the 100th-anniversary date of the lynching of Malvern resident John Henry Harrison in 1922. Harrison, a black man,...

Bryan Diffee’s Puppet Ministry

Bryan Diffee’s Puppet Ministry

What began as an elementary school passion has morphed into a ministry for Rev. Bryan Diffee, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. “I first became interested in puppetry and ventriloquism at the age of 8 when I would watch Edgar Bergen, Willie...