The Ministry in the time of COVID-19 team started observing a number of creative ministries in local churches over the course of the year. In December, they partnered with the Leadership & Vitality focus areas to award churches for their creative ministries. As we move through Lent, we are granting seven awards for ideas that have been submitted through the Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads platform:
Rev. Josh Langille-Hoppe, Crawford/Hotchkiss/Paonia UMCs – Created a Lent outdoors series, called Waiting in the Wilderness.
Rev. Stacey King, Superior & Alberton UMC - Delivered Lenten devotional bags to every household in the parish. Each day an email is sent with instructions, a scripture reference and a prayer for that day’s Lenten practice
Rev. Cynthia Paquette, First UMC, Fort Collins - Delivered 533 Lent Care Packages to parishioners. Each package contained palm ashes for Ash Wednesday worship, a palm cross that they hold close with them until Palm Sunday worship, a candle to light on Good Friday, and seeds of flowering plants to plant on Easter Sunday.
Rev. Roger Wolsey, Fruita UMC – Launched two new ministries aimed at people who do not usually go to church.
Rev. Jean Schwien, Native Grace Fellowship – Having been unable to meet in person for worship, Native Grace shifted gears and has become a social outreach powerhouse distributing food, supplies, hay, firewood and propane directly to households in need.
Rev. Jard Stine, Columbia Falls UMC, - For Lent, the whole congregation has taken on the spiritual discipline of practicing Compassion; through the sermons, book series, and compassion camp (via Zoom).
Rev. Melinda Roberts, First UMC, Salida – Began a walking church where folks would meet at a trailhead, greet each other at a distance, and read scripture together Lectio Divina style.
You can submit your creative ministry through Easter on the Crossroads platform under the topic "Creative Ministry Awards." Simply click here - Join Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads.