Published February 8, 2018
Starting February 22, 2018, Courageous Conversations will begin in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. These conversations will be held in twenty-seven locations throughout the bounds of the conference, with one session being offered in Spanish.
The Courageous Conversations project is aimed to help the conference move from skepticism to curiosity and even openness to encounter God’s grace. Courageous Conversations is a toolbox that local churches can use to inspire and encourage the church and individuals to stay at the table when the anxiety and emotional turmoil is painful. Click HERE to learn more about the project.
Courageous Conversations introduces a faithful way to listen and learn more about one another in an appreciative style and in a safe space. All are welcome at these events and encouraged to attend. Click HERE to register. For more information, contact Susan Hunt, AWF Director of Mission & Advocacy.
All clergy and lay members to annual conference are strongly encouraged to watch this video message from Bishop David Graves. There are preparation assignments for both Bishop's Day Apart and 2018 Annual Conference. Click here to view. Click here to read written transcript.
You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.
Published February 1, 2018
The Alabama West Florida Conference Historical Society has published the Winter issue of their newsletter, "The Circuit Writer." Click HERE to read it.
Published January 23, 2018
Three 2018 local church council training videos are now online and available. These videos were written and produced so that committee members in the conference may be properly trained in the new year. Whether you are a veteran member of a committee or this is your first year serving, these videos will outline the duties, responsibilities and expectations of committee members. Videos for local church SPR/PPR committees and finance committees can be found in the links below. The trustees committee link is forthcoming. We invite each local church committee related to these topics in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to view these as a ministry team. Click HERE for more information.
The 2017 Journal is now available. You may download the free pdf or order hard copies for $25 each through Amazon.com. The pdf download can be found HERE on www.awfumc.org under Quick Links, or click HERE for the Amazon link.
Published November 14, 2017
After the terrible tragedy in Texas, many of our churches are considering how they can best prepare for an emergency in their community or congregation and how United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence. Click here for some of the resources available to clergy, trustees committees, church leaders, and others on this topic.
Published October 24, 2017
Alabama-West Florida has received requests for ERTs (Early Response Teams) and mission teams from Annual Conferences affected by recent storms. Coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and South Georgia can all use our help, as can communities affected by Hurricane Matthew last year. Remember that when you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a mission team, each requesting Annual Conference controls the process and coordinates the United Methodist response. Click here for the full story.
Blue Lake is building a 1500 square foot 3-bedroom 2 bath house for the Program Director. Your church, UMM group, UMW group, youth group, or business can donate time, or you can choose from a list of items for the house to help in the completion of this project. If you would like to help please call 334-222-5407. For a list of needs and costs, contact Steve. Donations can be sent to 8500 Oakwood Lane, Andalusia AL, 36420.
Charge conference forms are available on the conference website. Click HERE to access them.
The resource page for the AWF conference can be found at http://www.awfumc.org/resources.
Christmas in July! The 2017 Advent Resource list is now available. Click HERE for more information.