Community Carnival at Mission First in Reidsville
First United Methodist Church in Reidsville offiicially merged with Woodmont UMC on Easter Sunday 2015.
The building at First UMC is now used as a Mission Center in downtown Reidsville. United Way, UMAR and Rockingham County Children’s Advocacy are all moving in as renters this fall. The pre-school that was already meeting there prior to the merger continues to serve the community.
They began a Monday Night Live worship service and free meal on June 1,
and it now exceeds 140 in weekly attendance. Rev. Morris Brown is the pastor at Woodmont and leads the Monday Night Live service at Mission First.
On Saturday, August 22, they had a Community Carnival and they gave away over 450 back packs filled with school supplies to children and teens. There were also over 450 free hot dog meals served to the community.
Mission First provided bounce houses, games, and activities, and live music for the day. Reidsville Fire and Police departments sent personnel and vehicles.
Photos from the day on Flickr
Story and pictures provided by Nancy and Terry Rankin
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
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: 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
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
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