Call For Prayers For General Conference

In partnership with The Upper Room, the Prayer Support team is providing "50 Days of Prayer for the General Conference," a daily prayer resource available free as an e-pub, email subscription or downloadable PDF. The goal is to have the entire United Methodist Church membership praying with the elected delegates and praying for God's will to be done, in God's way and in God's time. The article also contains additional ways you and your church can be in prayer for the upcoming...

Advent resources urge simplifying Christmas

United Methodist Communications has created Advent resources to help United Methodist churches convey a welcoming message during the Christmas season to those who may not have a church home. This year’s resources complement United Methodist Communications’ broader campaign, “That’s Church,” and share a message about cutting through the holiday chaos and simplifying Christmas. The goal is to provide local churches with resources to help them welcome their...

Bringing Hope to Those Affected by Mental Illness

Often Memorial Day weekend is used as an excuse for parades and parties, a way to officially kick off the summer, and of course a time to commemorate all those who have fallen serving this country. However, for the Calvary United Methodist Church of Dumont, New Jersey, Memorial Day weekend was the perfect time to conclude a month long dedication to mental health awareness. This mental health awareness month was spearheaded by the congregation’s Rev. Elaine Wing and consisted of four...

A Prayer for Oklahoma

This Sunday, I ask all of our congregations to pray for the people of Moore, Oklahoma. As the people of the Greater New Jersey Conference, we understand the sense of loss and fear people experience after a disaster. I have sent to Bishop Robert Hays, the bishop of the Oklahoma Area, a letter offering the prayers, love and support of the people of the Greater New Jersey Conference. I encourage each of our pastors to develop their own prayer or use the following prayer this Sunday. –John...

CBS Special: Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society

If you missed the CBS Special Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society, featuring interviews with Bishop John Schol and our 2013 Pre-Lenten Gathering Speaker, Lillian Daniel, you can watch it online below. ...

Download New Pew Presentation on Religious Affiliation in U.S.

Dr. Luis Lugo, Director of the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, presented the following presentation on “The Demise of Institutional Religion?” at the Association of Theological Schools Presidential Intensive Week in San Antonio, Texas on January 29, 2013.  The presentation looks at the trends of religious affiliations in the United States.  Among the results, Lugo reports the Protestant affiliation is on a decline while there is a growth in the...

Pre-Lenten Gathering Teaches How to Better Serve the Poor and Marginalized

Each year, Bishop Devadhar hosts a Pre-Lenten Gathering as a time of preparation for Lent.  The day includes two sessions: a daytime session open to clergy and an evening session open to all laity.  This year’s Pre-Lenten Gathering was held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Calvary Korean in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  Almost 400 clergy and laity joined Bishop Devadhar to celebrate the season, fellowship, and learn about how churches can better serve the poor and...

Get FREE Advent Worship Planning Help From Marcia McFee

Greetings, Greater New Jersey Conference UMC! Marcia McFee here - your personal worship consultant!   Your conference leadership has decided to renew the conference subscription to the Worship Design Studio online planning resource that gives access to EVERY church in the conference! This is FREE AND AVAILABLE TO ALL CHURCHES through this conference subscription! I am looking forward to working with you. In the Worship Design Studio, you will get worship planning help for...
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