District #4 Lay Servant Classes

FALL 2018 ⇒ Grand Haven Dunes UMC

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7-9pm

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Worship Planning/Design
  • Advanced: Storytelling (Don Williams, instructor)

2 ways to register:

Online ⇒ HERE

Paper ⇒ HERE

Lay Servant Classes are open to anyone regardless of the district in which your church resides. The fee for all classes is $25 and includes class materials and refreshments. You may pay the $25 fee at the first class on October 2, but you MUST register for your class either online or paper. Please arrive at 6:30pm on October 2 for orientation. Registration deadline is September 15. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt prattgji09@gmail.com, 616.292.4908. Registration process questions? Please contact Liz at lbode@michiganumc.org, 616.459.4503 ext. 1211.

Native American Indian Youth Leadership Training – May 3-6, 2018

Native American Indian Youth Leadership Training – May 3-6, 2018

West River United Methodist Camp: 5100 Chalk Point Rd, West River, Maryland 20778

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

-Native American Indian youth in grades 7 through High School who show the natural gifts to be a leader among their peers. (Gifts are not skills, but rather a natural tendency.  This program is to enhance skills.)

– We encourage each leader to bring two or more youth.   An adult must accompany youth when traveling.

 

WHERE?

We are traveling east this year to the West River which is a tributary of Chesapeake Bay.

Only about one hour from Washington DC, we will have opportunity to learn about the Mother Earth Prayer Walkers and to explore how we make a difference.  Youth will return home knowing they are part of a wide network of Native American Youth who serve in their communities and churches.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Cabins separated by gender

Bunk beds

Central bathroom and showers

Central dining hall

 

ACTIVITIES

Worship, Songs, Storytelling, Art, Giant Swing; Low Ropes Course, River Prayer Walks, Talking Circle – each is valued, Problem-solving — looking within and moving forward.

Understanding historical grief Leadership activities bringing this generation towards a new way to walk upon the earth in community.

 

COST

Registration is $100 per person.  Lodging, food, & special activities included.  A limited number of scholarships are available according to assessed need.

Please make checks payable to:

“NAIC-NE Region”

This program receives funding from the United Methodist NE & NC Jurisdictions.

 

REGISTRATION BY APRIL 2

Limited to 20 youth, register early!

Click here for more information!

Send registration with health & consent form with $100 fee to Ragghi Calentine, 33164 Lighthouse Rd., Selbyville, DE 19975 302-841-2449

Return this covenant, written by Pegleg Flamingos Youth, with the registration form.  All persons attending must sign this covenant.

Register Now for Annual Conference Leaders in Collegiate Ministry Training

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, March 5, 2018 – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) will host Tending Holy Currencies: Training for Annual Conference Leaders in Collegiate Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee on April 23-26, 2018.

Registration is available now through March 23, 2018. The event is designed to provide resources and ongoing coaching for members of the Annual Conference Boards of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, collegiate ministers and board members of local collegiate ministry programs.  

“The previous focus of this conference had been to provide guidance on communicating the positive story of collegiate ministry in the Annual Conferences. However, based on our research and interactions with collegiate ministry leaders, there is a clear need for a visionary model of sustaining ministry that included meaning, purpose, and funding,” said Rev. Matthew Charlton, Ph.D., assistant general secretary, Collegiate Ministry at GBHEM.

The Collegiate Ministry Office at GBHEM has partnered with the Kaleidoscope Institute and Rev. Eric Law for the 2018 training. This upcoming conference will immerse participants in the Holy Currencies Model for Sustainable Missional Ministries, as developed by Law and the Kaleidoscope Institute. In this model, sustainable missional ministries operate within a “cycle of blessings” described by six currencies necessary for ministry: time and place; gracious leadership, relationships, truth, wellness, and money.

Annual Conferences who send members to this training will able to access six months of group coaching with Law on the implementation of this model. Each attendee will take home a copy of his book, “Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries.” The book gives an overview of the Holy Currencies/Cycle of Blessings model. It describes all six currencies including: what they are, how to develop them, the exchanges of blessings impact, and how to assist congregation members to value them. Also, the book showcases five missional and sustainable ministries that exemplify the Cycle of Blessings.  

Worship and devotional time will be led by Rev. Sherry Cothran, a United Methodist pastor and songwriter. Her music ponders the wisdom tradition and explores the stories of women in scripture, including both common biblical identities, and those who are more hidden. Cothran will lead a workshop on innovative worship practices as well.

To learn more or register to attend the Annual Conference Leaders training, click here. Registration is $500 and includes three-nights lodging at The Scarritt-Bennett Center, breakfast and lunch on conference days, and conference materials.

A discount of $50 per registration will be credited for any Annual Conference that sends two or more people. All registrations must be received at the same time for the discount to apply.

 Registration is open through March 23, 2018. The event is April 23-26, 2018 in Nashville. For more information on GBHEM and the Division of Higher Education, visit www.gbhem.org.

 

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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Michigan Conference Protection Training in Traverse City

IMPORTANT FOR ALL CHURCHES: The new Michigan Conference of the UMC has instituted a NEW Protection Policy.  Effective January 1, 2018 all previously obtained certification through the West MI and Detroit Conferences have expired.  New training is REQUIRED for all leaders/churches attending/hosting District or Conference events where youth, children, and/or vulnerable adults will be served.

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

  • Saturday, February 10 @ 12:30-4:30 pm @ Big Rapids First UMC (304 Elm St., Big Rapids)
  • Saturday, February 17 @ 10:00 am-2:00 pm (lunch included) @ CMU Wesley (1400 S. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant)
  • Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am-2:00 pm (lunch included) @ Mosaic Church (1249 3 Mile Rd. S, Traverse City)

Michigan Conference Protection Training in Mt. Pleasant

IMPORTANT FOR ALL CHURCHES: The new MI Area Conference of the UMC has instituted a NEW Protection Policy.  Effective January 1, 2018 all previously obtained certification through the West MI and Detroit Conferences have expired.  New training is REQUIRED for all leaders/churches attending/hosting District or Conference events where youth, children, and/or vulnerable adults will be served.

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

  • Saturday, February 10 @ 12:30-4:30 pm @ Big Rapids First UMC (304 Elm St., Big Rapids)
  • Saturday, February 17 @ 10:00 am-2:00 pm (lunch included) @ CMU Wesley (1400 S. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant)
  • Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am-2:00 pm (lunch included) @ Mosaic Church (1249 3 Mile Rd. S, Traverse City)

GR District Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Middleville UMC

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced: Search for Understanding/Children of Abraham (combination)

Fee is $25 per person and includes lunch/materials for both days. Registration is accomplished by contacting Jody Pratt and begins November 1, 2017 and ends January 1, 2018. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com or call 269.792.0481 or 616.292.4908. Click HERE for a reminder flyer to print/post.

GR District Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Middleville UMC
Saturday’s January 13 and February 3

(Feb. 17 is alternate date due to inclement weather cancellation)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced: “Faith Club” — Search for Understanding/Children of Abraham (combination)

Fee is $25 per person and includes lunch/materials for both days. Registration is through Jody Pratt.  Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com or call 269.792.0481 or 616.292.4908. Deadline to register is January 1, 2018.  Flyer

Lord, Teach Us To Pray training event

Lord Teach us to Pray training event, featuring Margie Burger, Upper Room author of “Lord, Teach Us To Pray,” will lead a one day Seminar where you will receive training to minister in a team to other churches.

 Experience Spirit-filled prayer

 Learn lessons from Jesus’ prayer life

 Gain practical tools for prayer

 Overcome obstacles in prayer

DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

TIME: 9:00am – 4PM. Registration begins at 8:30am

PLACE: Calvary UMC, 2111 Flushing Road, Flint MI 48503

COST: $40, includes materials and lunch; due by December 7.

GRANTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Checks made payable to “Calvary United Methodist Church”

Mail registration and checks to:

Pastor Jim Britt, Registrar. 2327 Limestone Drive, Flushing MI 48433

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PASTOR BRITT 810-282-8081

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EMAIL________________________________

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Early Response Team Training

Early Response Teams (ERT) are an active part of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program. The ERT program trains individuals to go into a community or area for three days after a natural disaster has hit to help families begin the process of putting their lives back in order.

The work of the ERT is to “Be a Caring Christian Presence in the aftermath of a disaster”. This happens through working with families to make their home and yard safe by picking up debris, tarping roofs, removing and sorting items that were harmed, tearing out damaged carpet and dry wall. It may also include mucking out a basement, or cleaning where mold has begun to grow. It is a ministry of caring for those who have been affected by a disaster through offering help which begins their journey back to normal.

If you believe that working for three days of intense sharing, caring, sorting, sifting
and lifting sounds like a ministry for you, then consider this training event. If you have already taken the basic course, but your certification has lapsed, this course will cover your recertification.

An ERT Training Event is an 8 hour day of learning the history, mission and purpose of being a part of an Early Response Team. During this time you will learn about working with victims of natural disasters, how to help them in this time, what we do as volunteers, and what we do not do. You will have an opportunity to try tarping a roof, scrubbing a wall, or deciding how much drywall to cut out of a house that has been harmed by flooding. You will get a basic idea about site safety and the seven roles that are needed for each team. After training, you will receive a Manual, a t-shirt, and a badge signifying that you have been trained to go into an area after the First Responders have done their work and deemed it safe for volunteers to enter.

The cost of the training is $35 per person. The thirty-five dollars covers your Training Manual, T-Shirt, badge, lunch and snacks.

For a registration packet, please call:

11/18/17
Mosaic United Methodist Church
1249 3 Mile Rd S
Traverse City, MI 49696

Contact: Rev. Jeremy Wick
517-851-1494
jeremy@tcmosaic.org

Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.  Earlier is better.

Early Response Team Training

Early Response Teams (ERT) are an active part of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program. The ERT program trains individuals to go into a community or area for three days after a natural disaster has hit to help families begin the process of putting their lives back in order.

The work of the ERT is to “Be a Caring Christian Presence in the aftermath of a disaster”. This happens through working with families to make their home and yard safe by picking up debris, tarping roofs, removing and sorting items that were harmed, tearing out damaged carpet and dry wall. It may also include mucking out a basement, or cleaning where mold has begun to grow. It is a ministry of caring for those who have been affected by a disaster through offering help which begins their journey back to normal.

If you believe that working for three days of intense sharing, caring, sorting, sifting
and lifting sounds like a ministry for you, then consider this training event. If you have already taken the basic course, but your certification has lapsed, this course will cover your recertification.

An ERT Training Event is an 8 hour day of learning the history, mission and purpose of being a part of an Early Response Team. During this time you will learn about working with victims of natural disasters, how to help them in this time, what we do as volunteers, and what we do not do. You will have an opportunity to try tarping a roof, scrubbing a wall, or deciding how much drywall to cut out of a house that has been harmed by flooding. You will get a basic idea about site safety and the seven roles that are needed for each team. After training, you will receive a Manual, a t-shirt, and a badge signifying that you have been trained to go into an area after the First Responders have done their work and deemed it safe for volunteers to enter.

The cost of the training is $35 per person. The thirty-five dollars covers your Training Manual, T-Shirt, badge, lunch and snacks.

For a registration packet, please call:

11/11/17
Marble Memorial United Methodist Church
8 Park Lane
Milan, MI 48160

Contact: Lisa Jarema, Office Manager
734-439-2421
marblemumc@sbcglobal.net

Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.  Earlier is better.