United Methodist churches across the state are actively participating in global “Change the World” eventMay 5, 2011 // 0 Comments
United Methodist Churches across the state will join United Methodists worldwide to Change the World, a church-wide event on May 14-15 that encourages church members to join with others in the community to make a difference both locally and at a global level.
The global Change the World event was created as part of The United Methodist Church’s Rethink Church campaign, which seeks to utilize outreach events and outward-bound church to make a positive difference in the world beyond the church doors. The concept for Change the World originated with the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, who authored a book by the same name that aligns with the vision of Rethink Church.
United Methodist Churches around the state are actively planning their activities for the Change the World weekend in May; activities range from community clean up and revitalization to collecting food for the mentally disabled and poor.
Bishop Linda Lee explained the importance of the event to churches across the state. “United Methodists are seeking more and more ways to take the concept of ‘church’ and move it outside the walls of an actual building. ‘Church’ is becoming an action verb, and United Methodists are looking to do great things for others. I am so pleased to see so many churches across the state planning events that will help and support those who need it most in their local communities, as well as support those who have tremendous needs in other parts of the world. This weekend in May – though it is just two days – has the ability to make a great and lasting impact on many, many lives. Our hope is that congregations will want to continue these same kinds of efforts all year long.”
More information about the global Change the World event can be found at www.umcom.org/changetheworld.
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