Bowling, Burgers, and Bibles: EOC Churches Ministering in New Ways Beyond the Walls of Their Buildings

By Brett Hetherington* A prominent message to laity and clergy during East Ohio Annual Conference 2022 was the importance of finding new and fresh ways to do ministry outside the walls of the church. For some congregations in East Ohio that may have been a new and even challenging idea, but for many others in [...]

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 [...]

Orchard Dedication Invites Community to Partner in Further Revitalization

By Brett Hetherington* https://player.vimeo.com/video/727408579?h=2a9667bc56&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 To download the video above, first click the share button in the upper right corner of the video window, then click the vimeo link. Then, on the vimeo page click the download link underneath the video window. As spring gave way to summer organizers dedicated the Brookdale Orchard memorial garden in [...]