30 youth and adults from the Elizabeth River District traveled to Richmond the weekend of May 19 for a Confirmation Retreat. While at the Roslyn Retreat center, students engaged in learning around mission and service, the 3 simple rules, and more.
During the retreat students went to the Highland Park neighborhood of Richmond to engage in mission work. Partnering with Hands Up Ministry, the students and leaders worked on the homes of two families in this low-income neighborhood.
Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church urged each conference to use the One Matters award to recognize one church that is turning zeros into positive numbers with a renewed focus on discipleship.
During Annual Conference 2017, held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Don Jamison of the conference Board of Discipleship presented the award to Bethel United Methodist in Virginia Beach. Bethel had been declining financially and in membership, fearful of closing. In July 2014, a new pastor was appointed and the church revamped programs, invited children, and held a confirmation class. The progress has been slow in professions of faith, but there has been an increase in membership.
Bethel UMC received the first One Matters Discipleship Award in the Virginia Conference.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, commuters on the Norfolk Light Rail were greeted with an unexpected gift as they departed at the Newtown Station. Members from Aldersgate UMC in Norfolk handed out chocolate candy bars to passengers, along with a smile and a greeting. Church members plan to greet their communities in other ways throughout the year.
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