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September 11, 2020

Online Worship Grants

An opportunity for local churches to improve their online worship experience.

Congregations of the West Virginia Conference have done amazing ministry these past few months!  In March when the COVID-19 pandemic caused our churches to stop meeting in-person for worship, many of our churches were able to move their services online in a week or two.  That was a remarkable accomplishment! 

We are now moving into a season where many of our churches are making plans to safely begin or increase their in-person worship.  We are again offering matching grants to help offset expenses related to online worship technology (ex: equipment, software licenses, etc.).  The maximum grant amount is $500.  (Churches who received a grant earlier this year are not eligible.) 

GRANT DEADLINE:  submission deadline is Monday October 5, 2020. You may go back to August 1, 2020 for items already purchased related to your new online worship technology strategy.

NOTE:   Priority will be given to churches/charges which have a history of faithful payment of apportionments and for those focusing on reaching new people. We have a maximum of 50 grants available at this time.
Click here to access the grant guidelines and application

Laity Answering God's Call

A story of calling, and the importance of lay ministry

We are all ministers. 

You have probably heard that phrase many times, but do we really know what it means?  Have you ever wondered what gifts and graces you really possess in your walk with God? We are all ministers, but did we know when we stepped out in faith for the first time as Christians, where our service to others would take us?

Neither did Steve Losh, who recently completed the process of becoming one of the Wesleyan District’s first Certified Lay Speakers.  When Steve and his wife, Jan, started attending Trinity United Methodist Church, outside of Clarksburg, in 1991, little did he know God’s plans for his life. 

Article by Jim Minutelli, Wesleyan District Lay Leader,
and a member of the WVUMC Communications Team. 

Read more about Steve Losh and lay ministry

Swearengin to be installed Wesleyan District Superintendent

Bridgeport United Methodist Church to host Livestream Service September 19th 

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball will install  Rev. Rick Swearengin as District Superintendent of the Wesleyan District on Saturday, September 19, at 11 AM during a virtual worship service at Bridgeport United Methodist Church. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend via Livestream.

To view the service go to on September 19 at 11 AM and click WATCH LIVE. Rick will be bringing a message entitled, "The Main Thing."

2020 Days of Hope

A Celebration of Prevention and Recovery: “You Can Touch a Life

With many activities being canceled this year, one might rightly ask, “Why should I celebrate the Days of Hope in 2020?” Fortunately, there are many reasons for us to celebrate prevention and recovery this year, and many ways to do so, while still following CDC guidelines. People are still finding their way to recovery and finding ways to maintain that recovery; treatment and recovery centers continue to offer help; and our congregations and communities remain committed to sharing hope and support. In these times, for the people and families who have been affected by substance use disorder, the faith community has an especially important role to play in celebrating these victories.

The theme of the 2020 Days of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention and Recovery is “You Can Touch a Life.” Children in our state have been particularly affected by the opioid crisis with the numbers of children in foster and kinship care rising exponentially over the past several years. These children have often experienced profound trauma and need our support. This support cannot wait until the coronavirus pandemic abates, but is an ongoing endeavor.

Download the brochure, bulletin insert, and prayer litany

Spring Heights Camp@Home

FREE youth resources for Local Churches 

We are excited to announce that Camp@Home will remain available online for free until May of 2021! There are two age groups for activities, Children (5-11) and youth (12-18). Some churches are using this material as Sunday School curriculum for the fall.

Camp@Home started July 6 and ran through the month of July. Thanks to the Camp@Home program Spring Heights Camp and Retreat Center ministered to campers in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, South Carolina, and Kentucky! Seventy-nine percent of campers had never been to Spring Heights Camp before. The camp was able to connect with young people ages 5-18 who would have never come to camp otherwise.

The success of Camp@Home this summer testifies to how God can use the church to reach out in new ways. Spring Heights Camp and Retreat Center gathered a team of gifted and created people together and connected with children and youth throughout the United States. Campers grew as disciples of Jesus Christ by learning new ways to pray by using bubbles, a prayer labyrinth, prayer stations, and crafts. God shows up in powerful ways during summer camp, and Camp@Home was no different.

One of the youth campers said, “Camp at home was an amazing way to connect with God and experience camp while staying safe at home!” An eight-year-old camper said, “It is fun and good to do! The activities were great, and Jesus is important to us.” You can download a “welcome letter” with instructions and a supply list so you can celebrate Camp@Home with your family or church community. 

If you have any questions about the program or hosting Camp@Home, please contact Shea James or Amy Mullins for more information.

Click here to see the Camp@Home page!

Annual Conference 2020 Articles

Our award-winning Communications Team has written a series of articles wrapping up the Special Session of the 2020 Annual Conference. Stories about our ordinands, laity session and new lay leadership, memorial and retirements and a behind the scenes look at the 2020 Special Session.

Follow this link to download and read a pdf of the WVUMC Conference Circuit, the wrap-up publication of the 2020 Special Session.

Follow the link below to read all of the articles from Annual Conference. 
Annual Conference 2020 News
Visit our WVUMC Flickr page to see more pictures from our 2020 Special Session of Annual Conference! 

In April 2018 the West Virginia Conference took a group to Washington, DC for the Rally to End Racism. Each participant received a Unite to End Racism T-shirt. We have a limited number of shirts and sizes remaining. 

If you would like to order one of the WVUMC Unite to End Racism shirts, please follow the link below! 
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Check out these great resources from UMC Discipleship. These are free emails that cover an array of topics, including worship planning, stewardship and ministry with young people. 


View all of the events coming up around the Conference, and submit events for inclusion on our online calendar!
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Click here to download the 2019 West Virginia Conference Journal and Yearbook.
2019 Journal & Yearbook


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