Juneteenth Freedom Celebrations


Juneteenth Freedom Celebrations are happening across the Conference on June 19th. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. In churches across our Conference, people of all races are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Find a Juneteenth celebration near you and join with Americans across the nation as we tell the stories of our past and celebrate the hope that comes through freedom!
We’re not keeping this to ourselves,
    we’re passing it along to the next generation—
God’s fame and fortune,
    the marvelous things he has done.
-Psalm 78:4

*If your church or community is hosting a Juneteenth celebration, we'd love to add it to the list! Send an email to Aimee Yeager with the details.

Metro District:
Charlotte - The Place UMC, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd. from 1:30-5:30 p.m. -  Outdoor live worship at 1:30 p.m. followed by music, food, and fun. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available from 3-5:30 p.m. All participants who receive the vaccine will be entered in a drawing for $10,000! Register to receive your COVID-19 vaccination here. Learn more about this event at theplaceumc.org.

Davidson - Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Join us for this free celebration including student presentations, spoken word poetry, dance, keynote reflections, music and entertainment, food truck, children's activities, and more! Free lunch provided for the first 200 people to stop by the Welcome Tent. Learn more about this event and the Ada Jenkins Center. 

Smoky Mountain District:
Lake Junaluska - Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 91 North Lakeshore Drive from  2-6 p.m. - Worship begins at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand will deliver a keynote address; acclaimed storyteller and historical interpreter, Novella Nimmo, from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, will share re-enactments of the harsh realities of slavery; and local clergy and gifted musicians will lead in a powerful and celebratory worship experience. After worship, the community is invited to party on the grounds (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) with food trucks, inflatables, horseshoes and cornhole, vendors and exhibits, dancing, and family fun. Learn more.

Uwharrie District:
- Downtown on Main Street from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Join us for activities, performances, food, and local vendors - Download a flyer for the event.

Find a list of Juneteenth Celebrations across the state from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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.