Celebrate the joy of Jesus entering Jerusalem as their saving king this Palm Sunday at 10AM, to prepare for the real return of the King on Easter Sunday! There will be joyful music, warm fellowship, and rejoicing in our Lenten journey of Christian discipleship. Hosanna! Save us, saving God!
In our United Methodist Church traditions, ALL Christian believers are called by God to be ministers of God in Christ, through God's Holy Spirit. Our Connecticut District of the UMC New York Annual Conference supports your training in ministries actively! These training programs are a great way to grow in ministry through your spiritual gifts, which you can bring into the church and God's world.
There are THREE great programs being offered this April (printable flyers below):
BASIC LAY SERVANT COURSE - April 14th and 28th, at Plainville UMC - Learn the basics of what it means to be in ministry as a lay (non-clergy) member of the United Methodist church. You will gain insights into how God works through us in ministries, basic biblical and theological knowledge, and a sense of how we work together in Christ through ministry leadership.
PREACHING COURSE - April 7 and 21 at Southington UMC - Get very practical and encouraging guidance on how to prepare and deliver a sermon that reflects the message of God living in you through Christ in the United Methodist tradition.
ACTIVE AGGRESSOR TRAINING PROGRAM - Sunday, April 8th, 5.30-8PM, New Life United Methodist Church - A Connecticut State Police training program developed specifically for houses of worship. Learn how to respond to active aggressors in a worship and church service environment.
Please consult with Pastor John to see which programs might be best for you, but consider them all - we can ALL grow in God's love through these gifts of ministry! Consider signing up soon!
,God sticks with us. Do we stick with God? A hopeful message from Pastor John's sermon "Covenant," music and prayers celebrate our completely trustworthy God. See you then!
What if you woke up to the beat of a new heart in your chest? What would life be like then? In our worship this Sunday at 10AM, Pastor John Blossom's Lenten sermon series focuses on the next step to faith - "Awaken." Come for joyful music, uplifting and healing prayers, and leave with the hope of faith in your heart!
What does it take to grow our commitment to Christ and our community in faith? Practice, practice, practice - practice that leads to God's joyful victory in our hearts, and in the world! As we enter a new phase of mission and growth in our church, This Sunday at 10AM, come hear Pastor John Blossom's continuing series of Lent sermons on the 40 days that we get to practice life-changing faith. Faith conversations beforehand at 9.15, warm fellowship afterwards, and our faith group at 5PM. See you then!
Mark's gospel shows us how God's commitment to us leads us to reconsider our own commitment to God. Come this Sunday at 10AM to celebrate the generations of commitment to Christ in our place of grace, and to consider how everyone seeking faith in our church can grow new fruits on the tree of life through Christian commitment, to spread faith in our hearts, in our families, in our community, and the world!
When we return to God in our 40 days of Lent, we enter a time when we seek to purify our hearts and our minds, so that we can be ready for new growth in faith. Come join us in worship on Sunday, February 18th, as Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Purify" will help us to see how Noah and Jesus were rewarded by their 40 days of purity. Come to be lifted up, stay for our warm fellowship time together. See you then!
In Mark's gospel, everyone rushed to meet Jesus when he started to heal the sick and drive out people's inner demons. But who was ready to follow Jesus out from the crowds to places where he wasn't known? Come hear Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Another Way," share our joyful celebration of Holy Communion, and join us for warm fellowship and refreshments afterwards. See you on Sunday!
We are welcoming retired Rev. Alden Barnes to our pulpit for this Sunday's worship service. Rev. Barnes will deliver a message on "Speaking With Authority," based on Mark 1's gospel story of Jesus driving out an unclean spirit from a man in Galilee. What are our "unclean spirits," and how can we turn to the authority and power of Jesus for cleansing and new hope? We thank Rev. Alden for supporting our worship while Pastor John is traveling with family, and we hope that you will find our worship and fellowship afterwards warm and inspiring!
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