Church Says that Children are the Church of Now… Not the Future

By Brett Hetherington* Children are not the church of the future, they are the church of right now. That is the message being at Brecksville United Methodist Church (North Coast District). Church leaders believe this idea so deeply that they dedicate an entire Sunday morning service each year to their children. The service is not [...]

Christ’s Healing Light Brightens Blue Christmas for Many

By Rick Wolcott* The Blue Christmas service at Chapel UMC (Western Reserve District) in Madison drew people from communities across northeast Ohio to hear the Christmas story, light a candle, sing familiar Christmas songs, and experience Emmanuel – God with us. “This is a service for people for whom Christmas might not be the happiest [...]

Fitchville UMC – A Holy Spirit Summer

The Heart of a Small Church - Part 2 By Rev. Timothy McCollum Fitchville UMC (Firelands District) is a small church on Rt. 250 about halfway between Ashland and Norwalk. Many folks have driven by it, few have stopped. This is farm county, so it can feel spread out and sparse, besides one other church [...]