A-Mazing Church Youth Outing Idea!


farm picThe Farm at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem has grown and cut a sorghum maze adventure and is inviting Methodist church groups to come at a discounted rate. The HOME MAZE & Pumpkin Patch is open weekends from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. Participants will find their way through an adventure trail more than two miles long. Additionally, there are kids’games, a pumpkin chucker, a cow train ride for the littlest ones and other activities to enjoy on site. Plan for a two to three hour visit. Additionally, you can:
  • Enjoy concessions that will be available.
  • Participate in other games and activities including a toddler hay maze, photo cutouts, kids’ play area and more.
  • Purchase your seasonal decorations and pumpkins.
Plan ahead now and secure your special, discounted rate. Cost: Normally $10 per person. For Methodist church groups that plan ahead, tickets are just $8 per person. Time: Plan a Sunday visit to take advantage of special rate, Noon to 6 p.m. Hours can be extended with notification ahead of time, and with supplying 1 adult volunteer per 15 children to assist our crew. You must schedule your group in advance, and payment must be madewith one check at time of arrival. All members of your group – kids, parents and chaperones – must enter together. Your participation supports The Children’s Home, an agency founded by Western Conference United Methodists in 1909 to serve children and families by providing safety, love, education and therapy in times of critical need. For more information about The Home Maze field trips or scheduling, please visit our website at www.childrenshomefarm.org or email us at thefarmtch@gmail.com.

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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