This week's news.......

July 13, 2017

2017 - 2020 Spiritual Direction Training

The three year Spiritual Direction Training, hosted by Sacred Space Spiritual Formation, is suited to those who hunger to experience deeper intimacy with God, to grow in attentiveness to God’s movement, are drawn to compassionate listening, feel a call to companion others on the spiritual journey, and seek spiritual community with others.  Click here for more information.

Join Dr. Debora Bishop and Bishop Graves in a Holy Land Pilgrimage

Our District Superintendent invites you to travel with her on a rich spiritual journey into God's Word as she travels to the Holy Land . Click here to find a brochure with more information or click on the image to see a video about this exciting opportunity. 

From Dumas Wesley Community Center

It’s that time again! We are excited for our children to experience Mother Nature at her finest at the United Methodist Church’s Blue Lake Camp Discovery in Andalusia, Alabama. We are expecting around 20 children to attend and are delighted that our youth will have a chance to enjoy nature and outdoor challenges as well as worship, authentic relationships and memorable learning experiences.

The cost of camp this year is $180.00 per child and we hope you will prayerfully consider a gift to help underwrite this program. Your sponsorship will allow children to take a break from the challenges of everyday life and, for some, enjoy their first camp experience!
It is our fervent desire that no child is denied a camp experience due to financial lack. Your support is important to us. Your prayers are treasured. Your help is greatly appreciated in whatever way it is given.
Click here to find out how to make a contribution. Please share this letter with your congregations and friends! 


Mathison Brothers Speak at 121st Wesleyan Holiness Camp Meeting

Frost Bridge Wesleyan Camp, located in Waynesboro, MS, will hold their 121st camp meeting July 21-30, 2017.  Dr. John Ed Mathison and his brother, Dr. George Mathison, will be the guest speakers.  This is an interdenominational camp established in 1896 by the Methodist churches in the area but later included other denominations.  Click here to find a brochure and information on how to register. 

Safe Sanctuaries Training Video Released by AWF Trustees

(Sue Bell Cobb) - As the Chair of the Alabama-West Florida UMC Conference Safe Sanctuaries Committee and a former juvenile judge, I am reaching out to you because of your position of leadership at your United Methodist Church. As a member of the Conference Board of Trustees, I know that the Trustees are indeed proud of our record of caring for and protecting our children and vulnerable adults. In an effort to ensure that none of our local churches are mired in the controversy of abuse allegations, your Conference Board of Trustees has endeavored to amend, with Conference approval, our Safe Sanctuaries Policy and Minimum Standards so that the content can be more understandable and easier to implement. Click here for more. Click here for video

Dothan District Lay Servant Training

The Dothan District will host Lay Servant Training August 25-26, 2017.  More details and location to be announced. Click here to find information online.

New UMC Handbook Now Available

(UMCOM) - The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new members. “The United Methodist Church Handbook is one of the most appreciated resources generated in the church, and rightly so,” said Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries at Discipleship Ministries. “Whether it’s a question about our theology of grace, new annual conference boundaries, or how money from the Ministerial Education Fund is spent, you will look here first.” Details here

Job/Ministry Opportunities

Good News UMC - Full Time Children's Director

FUMC Austin, TX - Director of Youth Ministry

Eclectic UMC - Director of Student Ministries
Dumas Wesley Community Center - Youth Director/Neighborhood Liaison
St. Mark UMC - Part Time Youth Minister
Toulminville-Warren Street UMC -  Day Care Teacher

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm - July at Pine Grove UMC

Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel on Schillinger Road

July 9 - First Sunday in Pulpit for Pastors in new appointment

July 24 - Open House to Welcome Dr. Bishop - 11am - 7pm - District Office

July 27 - Open House to Welcome Dr. Bishop - 11am - 7pm - District Office

Church Dates

July 16-20 - New Hope UMC Vacation Bible School - 5:30pm -8:30pm. Supper will be served.

Conference Dates

October 10-11 - Wesley Heirs Fall Event
Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!


Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.