The Children's Home Sunday is September 11th


Bulletin-Graphic-Color--360pxTo all United Methodists in Western North Carolina, We hope you are planning to join us and other congregations around the Conference on September 11, 2016 to pray for our children and to support the important work we do at The Children’s Home. Based on your own church calendar, you may have chosen another date to highlight The Children’s Home and we would love to know the date so we can be praying for your congregation. In order to be good stewards making sure your donations are directly serving our children, we have set up a website for you to download resources to help promote The Children’s Home Sunday and Local Church Day at The Home Maze (October 2) . There you will find the bulletin insert, a bulletin ad to print within your own bulletin, and the poster. These resources could also be used for social media posts or email blasts to your congregation. The web address below also contains a video from last year’s Maze so you can see the scope of this exciting event. Download these files for printing or insertion into your bulletin at: Online donations can be made at Please express our heartfelt appreciation to your congregation. If you have any questions regarding The Children’s Home Sunday or The Home Maze, please contact Brandon Cathey, Sr. Advancement Officer at (336) 721-7675 or Thank you for supporting The Children’s Home. Blessings, Brett A. Loftis, JD Chief Executive Officer

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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