Fire! Flood! Emergency! What if there is a knock on your door telling you that you need to evacuate your home and you have ten minutes to get out? How will your church prepare for a disaster? Does your neighborhood know if they can rely on your church as a response location? This is a reality that has occurred in California, in Houston, and maybe even in your neighborhood.
We know disasters happen, we know we should be prepared, but somehow we don’t get around to it or are not sure how to do it. UMCOR’s Connecting Neighbors program at Mission Adventures gives practical information and tools that will help both you and your church prepare and respond to such an event.
The first “Mission Adventures” seminar in 2018 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Smoky Hill UMC in Centennial, Colorado. This seminar features a series of workshops and training activities to help you find your way of engaging in mission work. During this session you will learn how United Methodists organize to engage in mission globally as well as locally and the resources which the Methodist connection provides around the world.
There is a $10 registration fee. Register online today: https://rmcumc-reg.brtapp.com/MissionAdventures18
The seminar will feature the following workshops and training sessions:
Disaster Preparedness and Response:
Insights on what the Rocky Mountain Conference is doing to help everyone prepare for a disaster or recover if they are impacted by a disaster.
Volunteers in Mission:
This workshop will provide information, ideas and guidance on getting involved with the Volunteers in Mission program. Included in this session is information on UMVIM history, project ideas, leader training and other resources.
This session offers details on how to sponsor a missionary, how to arrange a visit and how to support them in their important work.
The United Methodist Church has many other opportunities for mission volunteering. How you considered joining the NOMADS? Or becoming a Global Mission Fellow? Or getting involved with Missionary Service? Or United Methodist Women?
This UMCOR disaster preparedness program has the goal of inspiring congregations and communities to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ways.
VIM Leader Training:
- Ready Congregants - participants will be inspired to take action in order to prepare themselves, their households and others before and immediately following a disaster.
- Ready Churches - emphasizes the importance of protecting church property and the people within the property, before and immediately following a disaster, and of appropriate use of church property in disaster response.
- Ready Response - encourages churches to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and to consider ways to engage community partners.
This three-hour session is for those individuals that would like to lead a volunteer in mission team. The material focuses on the basic activities and the responsibilities of a team leader.