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At 102 years old, Lucille Ellison of Orlando has seen tough times before, including pandemics. Her advice is simple: “There is no sense in worrying because God gives you the strength you need to get through those tough times.”
The Portico in Tampa offers Taize Tuesdays streaming on Facebook Live as one way to deal with the anxiety wrought by COVID-19.
Hope N. Griffin had an idea about how to fill the chronic shortage of medical masks. But even she is surprised at how effective Hope For Tampa has been at sewing and distributing free masks for medical workers.
Small and rural churches can face technology challenges associated with online worship services, but they are rising to the occasion.
A pandemic is more than just streaming worship online. Pastors still have to find a way to care for and support members of their congregation in this time of social distancing. It isn't easy, but some say it's also an opportunity.
The danger wrought by COVID-19 has forced churches across the Florida Conference to move worship and other gatherings online, and now the pandemic is changing the licensing process for local pastors. ...
United Methodist pastors throughout Florida face different challenges to deliver their Easter Sunday worship services.
A simple declarative act by United Methodists throughout Florida on Palm Sunday proved there is a way to find community in the forced isolation wrought by COVID-19.
Even if you can't attend Palm Sunday services in person, you can create a visual display about what the day means.
Churches are also urged to hold no public worship through the end of April, and all are asked to follow the spirit and law of "Safer At Home."
The initial response to a survey about on-line streaming worship services is positive.
There are effective strategies for helping children through this challenging time.
One of the main supply sources for the pantries are grocery stores that donate excess food or offer it at a discount. But with store shelves bare throughout the state, there isn't much spare food to give. That has put a crimp in efforts to serve those who need it most.
How did the first week of widespread online worship services go in the Florida Conference? We asked pastors around the state to find out.
The Commission on the General Conference will work toward setting a specific date following this year's postponement.
No new date has been scheduled for the global meeting.
Fixed expenses go on even though worship services move online as the battle against COVID-19 continues.
The COVID-19 crisis has United Methodist churches throughout Florida and elsewhere focused on streaming technology to keep parishioners engaged.
To: The People of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Subject: Guidance for Ministry in this Season In order to be in partnership with others and to prevent the suffering that is ...
Pass the peace, not a virus. The tradition in many United Methodist churches of greeting fellow parishioners with a handshake or a hug is giving way to caution because of current events. Churches "...
Bishop Ken Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Durwood Foshee as the new North East District Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Foshee is currently the North West District ...
Friday, March 13, 2020 Many of our local churches across Florida are cancelling public worship on Sunday, March 15, out of an abundance of caution. We support this action. We also support local ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because ...
Although many homes still need repairs, financial resources are drying up, and volunteers are moving elsewhere.
Trinity UMC in Bradenton has partnered with W.D. Sugg Middle School. The result has been a dramatic rise improvement at the once-struggling school.
What to know, plan for, and how to stay safe.
This trailblazer in the Florida United Methodist Church shattered barriers through determination, work, and empathy for others.
Rev. Mary Downey was named the Orlando Sentinel Central Floridian of the Year.
On Ash Wednesday, it is the tradition of the church to focus on the cross, in the form of the imposition of ashes, and to read Psalm 51. This is also a spiritual practice for many every Friday, to ...
Florida Justice For Our Neighbors gives a hand and assistance to those who need it most
The following statement has the unanimous support of the Florida Annual Conference Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference
"Recognizing that structural unity is no longer feasible within the United Methodist Church regarding the matter of LGBTQ+ inclusion, and that such differences diminish our ability to be a vital and ...
The relationship between Florida United Methodist churches and those in Cuba result in God moments that strengthen everyone.
A visit to Virginia last October by a diverse group of United Methodists led participants to an inescapable conclusion. The first step to ending racism is to acknowledge it exists.
What if everyone on Valentine’s Day focused on agape love more than hearts, candy, and flowers?
A group of retirees called the Nomads travel the country in RVs, offering their help for home and church repairs, furniture refurbishing, or whatever else is need.
Participants in Florida Advocacy Day stress social justice and other issues to state lawmakers.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin chosen as Florida Conference candidate in 2020 episcopal election in the Southeastern Jurisdiction
She has a long, passionate desire to pursue social justice for everyone.
Bishop Ken Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Thom Shafer as the new South West District Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Shafer will follow Rev. Dan Jackson, who is ...
We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation, and recommend the Protocol be among the first ...
They are called upon to guide their congregation through times of tragedy. But these leaders also need personal time to deal with loss and heartache.
They will meet with lawmakers to push for many items related to social justice, including felon voting rights, immigration, feeding the hungry, and children’s rights.
Defining and Growing an Inclusive, Gracious and Evangelical Center: The Future[s] of The United Methodist Church
A conversation starter for clergy and key leaders across the Florida Conference. In the following monograph, Bishop Ken Carter invites us into the difficult work of listening.
Churches throughout the state will celebrate the anniversary that the Conference was founded.
Christians must remain on guard to confront prejudice and hate in whatever form they appear.
Assistance is available from the Conference to help mission workers have a more effective outcome for their labors.
Bishop Carter Announces Cabinet Changes
The HUGS ministry at New Covenant UMC in The Villages makes a joyful noise to those who need to hear it most.
Members learn ways to respond if the unthinkable occurs
The collaboration produced a path forward for the United Methodist Church