Bishop David Graves is inviting all to come together for Christ-honoring conversation regarding human sexuality and the United Methodist Church. We will utilize the "Courageous Conversations" project to hold these conversations.
The Courageous Conversations project is aimed to help us move from skepticism to curiosity and even openness to encounter God’s grace. Courageous Conversations is a toolbox that local churches can use to inspire and encourage the church and individuals to stay at the table when the anxiety and emotional turmoil is painful. Learn more about the project.
We believe Courageous Conversations provides a faithful way to listen and learn more about one another in an appreciative style and in a safe space. All are welcome, and in particular every clergy and lay member to the 2018 session of annual conference is strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming session.
UMCOR Christmas Shoebox
St. Andrew UMC and UMW invite you to participate in the Christmas shoebox ministry of UMCOR-Decatur, Alabama. St. Andrew will serve as the hub church in the Florida panhandle for receiving the shoeboxes and sending them to UMCOR. This ministry is similar to Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse, however, the UMCOR boxes are sent to our United Methodist missionaries who request them. UMCOR supplies the shoeboxes. Individuals or groups fill the boxes with gifts and donate $5 for postage. The $5 will help the boxes travel from UMCOR-Decatur, Alabama to the missionaries around the world. Each box will also include a coloring book telling the story of the Birth of Jesus. St. Andrew UMC will be open the first Saturday in August to receive the boxes.
Renowned therapist, Real, leads Bishop's Day Apart
Over 225 clergy gathered from around the conference for the annual Bishop’s Day Apart held Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at St. James UMC. This year’s day apart addressed a necessary topic: clergy mental health. Mr. Terry Real of REAL Relational Solutions from Boston, MA, was the guest speaker. Claire Bowen, who has worked closely with our conference since the assignment of Bishop David Graves, identified Real and after hearing him in person, felt he would be a relevant choice for this year’s gathering.
One of the most important points emphasized at the day apart was the need for clergy to help one another look for warning signs of trouble and the importance of covenant groups.
Lay Servant Ministries Training
St. Andrew UMC in Panama City, FL will host a Lay Servant Ministries Training on Friday, April 27, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own lunch on Saturday. Sponsored by the Marianna/Panama City District, four courses will be offered: Basic, United Methodist Heritage, Leading Worship, and Discover Your Spiritual Gifts. There is a $10 registration fee. Deadline to register is April 6. After registering, participants will receive information to purchase their own textbook.
Annual Conference 2018
The 2018 session of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference will be held June 3 - 6, 2018, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL. Montgomery First United Methodist Church will host the Service of Commissioning & Ordination.