Churches Find New Ways to Reach Families During Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Summer has come and gone. As teachers welcome back students to largely digital classrooms, we look back at one summer tradition that children look forward to every year – Vacation Bible School. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many churches were not able to host VBS programs in the traditional mode and made [...]

Church Service Meets in the Unlikeliest of Places

By Brett Hetherington* In May I had the pleasure of spending time with the Rev. Betsy Schenk as she and volunteers from Amboy United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) served food to long-haul truck drivers. Schenk is also a licensed chemical dependency counselor and spends much of her time serving the patients of Glenbeigh Recovery [...]

GUMC Is Loving Its Neighbors by Caravan

By Stephanie Nieset with Photos by Sara Jane Sargent* The Missions Team and members of Geneva First United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) are turning the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to be a blessing to neighbors serving on the frontlines in their community. Members gathered in the church parking lot on [...]