Deep Blue Kids Curriculum Previews in Smoky Mountain District


DeepBlue Logo There are four preview events scheduled for the Smoky Mountain District scheduled in April and May for the new "Deep Blue Kids" curriculum that is scheduled to begin in September 2015. Thursday, April 23, First UMC, Franklin, NC 6-8 PM Facilitator: Beth Bowser, Curriculum Field Rep/Consultant, The UMPH/Cokesbury Sunday, April 26, Central UMC, Canton, NC 3-5 PM Facilitators: Beth Bowser and Matthew Jones, Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant Saturday, May 2, First UMC, Hayesville, NC  10AM-12 Noon Facilitator: Beth Bowser Saturday, May 16, Bryson City UMC, Bryson City, NC  10AM-12Noon Facilitators: Beth Bowser and Carlesia Manning, Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant Please register by Calling [828.454-6820] or emailing [] the District Office. Discover how children and young youth will engage Bible Stories, Bible people, and Bible passages and come to know the Bible as Their Book. Bible stories, science activities, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, music and active games will help children develop a lived-faith as they explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today. The Deep Blue kids—Asia, Edgar, and Kat—will lead the children through the Bible using animated videos that tell the story. The student resources-the Bible Story Stuff, the Kids Activity Stuff, and the Deep Blue Kids Bible—are colorful and engaging, encouraging the children to “dive deeper” into the Bible and explore their faith in fun and age-appropriate ways. Hands-on Preview:  Age-Level Resources for 7 age groups, plus One Room and Large Group/Small Group: Babies & Waddlers, Toddlers & Twos, Preschool, Early Elementary, Older Elementary, Ages 11+, One Room Sunday School, and Large Group/Small Group More info:

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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