Our Connection Matters: Countdown To Summer

5/6/2019

Our Connection Matters offers a toolkit which includes a wealth of resources focusing on a different theme to resource your local church in nurture, outreach, witness and advocacy ministries.

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Countdown to Summer

What does the countdown to summer include? Planning for so many great things: the end of another school year, graduations, Vacation Bible Schools, moving pastors, family vacations, mission journeys, Pentecost and at the top of the list - SUMMER CAMPS!  Local church ministry can really "amp up" over the summer months. We hope you will find these resources helpful as you plan your ministries leading up to and throughout the summer! 

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SUMMER FUN

Who has memories of summer camps located at Epworth By The Sea? Camp Connect offers opportunities for elementary, middle school and high school ages. Check out what makes Camp Connect unique, and register today! 

Inspire all ages with ideas for a "Stay-cation" this summer! 

Fun summer ministry ideas: Here is a smattering of ideas that just might inspire you to experience a little summer fun in your congregation, community and connection!

GRADUATION RESOURCES

Go With God: A video prayer for graduates is a video of all ages that can be used as your church celebrates this milestone for youth children and youth. 

Is your church planning a special service or recognition for your graduates? Check out these graduation resources from Discipleship Ministries for worship planning: litany, blessing, hymns and more.  

Prayer With Graduates: a 21st century worship resource. 

Students Matter is the motto of The UMC Commission, serving the 9 UMC related campuses across Georgia and the 15 Wesley Foundations. During this important milestone and transition, help your youth make connections and get plugged into a faith community in this next chapter of their lives! 

PENTECOST RESOURCES

Pentecost, Sunday, June 9: The Great Thanksgiving for the Day of Pentecost

Chuck Knows Church: Pentecost (video): Chuck shares all about Pentecost.

Ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home: Pentecost can be a wonderful opportunity for family worship, discussions about church and the Holy Spirit, and a celebration of our faith.

TRANSITIONS

"On The Move": Some churches and pastors will find themselves in new appointments beginning this June. Here are some tips for both the pastor and the church to help make for a smooth transition.

SAFE SANCTUARIES

Summer is a popular time for children and youth events and trips. This resource shares important Safe Sanctuaries guidelines to protect our children/youth/vulnerable adults, our volunteers and our church's witness.

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MISSION TRIPS

Youth summer service camps are a great way to plan a short-term mission project during the summer, and South Georgia has some great opportunities! 

1) Camp 151 (COFO) in Douglas, Ga hosts a week long camp each summer for church groups. For more information, visit their Facebookpage. HO! HO! COFO- Advocate article (2014)

2) River of Life Advocate article (2010): Currently River of Life is hosted in Savannah at Isle of Hope UMC. 2019 camp is closed now, but mark your calendars for early 2020 to make plans for next year! 

Family Mission Trips: Plan a meaningful vacation for your family to serve together.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Community Gardens are a great way to reach out, build relationships and meet a need in your community.

20 Innovative Summer Outreach Ideas: From reading clubs to Mission Mania, check out these ideas for summer outreach and ministry. 

12 Great Outreach Ideas for Summer: Find out how your church can be a "cool zone" for low income families during the heat of summer and more.

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W  I  T  N  E  S  S

8 Last Minute Ideas to Promote VBS: Summer is VBS season! Make the most of your VBS in your community. 

5 Ways to Connect to College Kids Over the Summer: As students come home this summer, engage them in meaningful and heartfelt ways. 

4 Creative Summer Sermon/Lesson Ideas: Summer is a great time to try new things.

Summer Worship Attendance: Check out some ways to encourage summer worship attendance. 

Heat Up Lukewarm Summer Attendance: Find ideas to tackle summer and invite others into your faith community.

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A  D  V  O  C  A  C  Y

Do you have a desire to be more engaged in Advocacy work through The United Methodist Church in 2019? Here is what you can do.

If you are making your summer reading list, check out these recommendations (2018) from the General Board of Church & Society. 

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Connectional Ministries is here to help resource you in all areas of ministry and programming. Contact Allison Lindsey if you would like to share ideas and connect with other churches successful in specific areas of ministry. It's through our connection that we can learn best practices and help each other bear fruit for discipleship and be Alive Together In The World!  We would like your input on future topics and resources to highlight. Please take a moment to share your ideas: click here.