Members of Lake Palestine United Methodist Church worship outdoors from a safe physical distance.

The People of The United Methodist Church


Finding new ways to worship and serve together.

Returning to in-person worship

When returning to worship, be prepared for changes, including different seating arrangements. File photo by Charity Ponter.

Going back to church? What to expect


Still worshiping from home

As congregations cancel on-site worship and individuals choose to forego large gatherings to help slow the spread of coronavirus, you can still worship in your home via online worship services.

Where to worship online



United Methodists stand against racism. Image by United Methodist Communications.

United Against Racism


Breathe in. Breathe out.

Did you know that something as simple as breathing draws us closer to God?

The ancient practice of breath prayer ties a short, rhythmic prayer to our breathing. It's simple, and a meaningful way to practice mindfulness.

Take a few moments to breathe deeply and feel a sense of presence and connection. If you could use some inspiration, check out the video. Learn about other spiritual practices for more ways of practicing mindfulness.

Have questions? We have answers!

Find responses to frequently asked queries or Ask The UMC your question.

Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The April 22 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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Inspiration for Daily Living

Twice each month, our e-newsletter offers examples of Christian living, inspirational messages, and information on what it means to be a United Methodist.


Featured stories

Loving our neighbors

Charlie displays his artwork. Charlie's family received rental assistance and a grocery card from the UMCOR COVID-19 grant. Photo courtesy of Gum Moon Residence in San Francisco.

Faithful UMC institutions stretch to serve communities


From lament to hope

"How long, O Lord?" Throughout the history of the church, we often have seen that new ministries grow out of places of pain.

When pain finds its wings


Faith in action

Taylor Hall, 19-year-old Indianapolis college student, believes her call is to use her voice for those who can't stand up for themselves. Photo courtesy of Taylor Hall.

Called to comfort those who mourn



Offering plate featuring cross. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

The need for giving when church doors close


Educate yourself

Leaders from DC's interfaith community, including Bishop LaTrelle Easterling (left) and the Rev. Neal Christie from the General Board of Church and Society (center), gathered for worship, lament and protest, as they raised their voices for racial justice June 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church by the White House. Photo by Melissa Lauber.

Racial Justice: Information and Resources


Stay well

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted United Methodists around the world.

Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


A Blessing of the Devices

Digital devices have replaced books and cameras and have become a familiar tool of daily life. The Coronavirus has moved our church services, school days and family gatherings online. Elizabeth Drescher shares this blessing for our tablets, phones and computers.



Deaf ministries

The Rev. Tom Hudspeth of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church leads a Wednesday night Zoom devotional and prayer gathering in American Sign Language. It’s one way that the Dallas church, which has a long history in Deaf ministries, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Deaf ministries navigate COVID-19 challenges



The Rev. Paul Nyagomo (left), pastor in charge of four United Methodist churches in the Marange District, visits with 79-year-old Agness Takodza in Mutare City, Zimbabwe, after delivering her medication. Seated with Takodza are her grandchildren, Nomsa (6) and Lessley (7), and Gift Takodza. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Motorbikes keep pastors moving during COVID-19


In the news

The Rev. Isaac Collins, a United Methodist pastor, co-leads a Bible study, “Swords into Plowshares: What the Bible says about injustice, idolatry, and repentance,” at the base of the Robert E. Lee statue on Market Street Park, Charlottesville, Va., on June 11, 2020. The steeple of First United Methodist Church is visible over the trees in the background. In 2019, Collins and the Rev. Phil Woodson first offered the Bible study using Confederate statues as sites and subject matter. Photo by Phil Woodson.

Seeing removal of statues as 'doing no harm'