April 08, 2021 | by Admin
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to love God and each other. As members of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, we do that through acts of justice, community outreach, and personal practices of devotion. In April’s video message of the #WhereLoveLivesUMC campaign, we address the myth that the church is just a building and demonstrate a variety of ways we love all people by highlighting some of the ministries across the Desert Southwest Conference. Although we hope the video will inspire you to start a new ministry or connect with one of the ministries featured in the video, we also invite you to use the resources listed below to host small group discussions and encourage further collaboration during the month of April. If you’re not sure how to do that, please review the sample leader’s guide provided at the bottom of this post.
The official theme is “cares more about people than the building; the church is not a building.” The video message is approximately six minutes featuring Bishop Bob Hoshibata and churches and ministries in the Desert Southwest Conference. The resources for further discussion include short video clips from the main video, contact information for each ministry in the segment, a pastoral prayer for the week, and Faith & Facts cards from the General Board of Church & Society that cover the topics shared in the video clip. In case you’re not familiar with GBCS’ Faith & Facts cards, we’re also providing a sample leader’s guide to using the cards and resources for leading a discussion.
Click here to access all Where Love LIves resources for April 2021.