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The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Message in a bottle

September 04, 2015

After seeing children at a bus stop in sweltering heat, a congregation launches a campaign to provide them with bottled water.

Music, God's universal language

August 21, 2015

A Tallahassee church's quest for an organist leads to answered prayers for both the congregation and a musician from the Ukraine.

Open hearts, open worship

August 14, 2015

Inverness congregation turns the loss of its church sanctuary into new ways of sharing Christ's message with the community.

Church starts its own clergy debt relief program

August 03, 2015

Killearn UMC, Tallahassee, comes up with its own version of "Passing the Torch," a Florida Conference program aimed at helping recent seminary students reduce education debt.

'Pied' in the face

July 27, 2015

VBS students at Grace UMC, St. Augustine, celebrate extravagant generosity in the form of llamas for people in need.

Special time in Nicaragua

July 20, 2015

An 11-year-old tells a story of finding friendship, generosity and common interests in a community vastly different from his hometown.

God's game of dominoes

July 17, 2015

A trip to Argentina for youth from First UMC, St. Petersburg, leads to an up-close look at Pope Francis' ministry in Rome.

Lifelines to go

July 13, 2015

Families in need line up for food at the monthly Tice UMC mobile pantry, a partnership between the church and a local food bank that keeps the community fed.

Even the littlest ones

June 29, 2015

A crowd gathered to celebrate Village UMC's prekindergarten graduation witnesses the power of prayer when a child stricken by stroke walks in to collect her certificate.

Educating women in Haiti

April 30, 2015

A young adult on a mission trip discovers a specific health need for women and raises the funds to address it.

LaPorte, meet Pahokee

April 20, 2015

United Methodist youth and adults from Indiana spend a whirlwind spring break changing lives with First UMC, Pahokee.

Campus to City Wesley Foundation goes to Japan

April 17, 2015

Last summer, a team of five from the CCW - Campus to City Wesley Foundation in Jacksonville - took a trip to Japan to participate in ministry with Florida missionary Jonathan McCurley and his wife Satomi at the Asian Rural Institute.

Virtual Mosquito 10K

April 14, 2015

Edgewater UMC will be hosting a race in Port Charlotte on May 23, and not all participants will be in attendance. "We have set this up where anyone in the world can sign up and run anytime – ...

Open Arms Village

April 06, 2015

A new homeless facility nears completion at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. More than just a shelter, Open Arms Village is a comprehensive program with a mission to help homeless men and women achieve independence.

Books add up for migrant children

March 30, 2015

Girl Scouts team up with St. Andrew's UMC, Brandon, to collect books and end up with more than 1,500 for children of migrant farmworkers.

Operation Love Your Neighbor

March 26, 2015

Cape Coral First UMC takes it to the streets, fanning out to help the community with service projects.

God used my tie

March 20, 2015

Pastor David Ames’ essay about how God uses the simple and unexpected to open doors for ministry.

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