Fresh Bread: Reaching Beyond the Walls of the Church One Meal at a Time

By Brett Hetherington* Hosting a ministry around a meal is commonplace within The United Methodist Church, creating an opportunity to connect with others around a shared experience within fellowship halls, gymnasiums, and kitchens. However, a fresh expression of being the church is growing in the Firelands District because the people of Lakeside Chautauqua asked the [...]

East Ohio Church is Finding Ways to be a Blessing in Its Community

By Brett Hetherington* People tend to throw around the word “blessing” often without thinking deeply what that word means. Among the definitions given is “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.” The people of Wellington First United Methodist Church (Firelands District) have recently been given the opportunity to truly be a blessing to many in [...]

Better Together: Five Churches Work as One Team Ministering to Area Youth

By Brett Hetherington* How do you build community amongst a group of churches that appear to have little in common with one another? For two pastors who minister to five churches, the answer to this question has been to start by working with the children. “One of the previous leaders of the kid’s ministry of [...]