Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rural fellowship applauds 7 churches


From left: Guy Ames III, outgoing Ardmore District superintendent; Dan and Patty Wells of Caddo; Carol Reich and Claudean Harrison, UMRF officers.

Seven churches gained recognition for innovative ministry when they were honored May 30 by the Oklahoma United Methodist Rural Fellowship at its Annual Conference luncheon.

President Claudean Harrison said their efforts "serve as a wonderful example of how each church, no matter the size, can re-ignite the love of Christ." Honors were given in categories based on worship attendance.

  • 40 or fewer in worship: Capron UMC and the Caddo campus of Durant-First UMC.

  • 41 to 100 in worship: Foyil, Lindsay, and Lamont churches.

  • 101 to 150 in worship: Mangum-First and Norman-BridgeView.

Harrison said the Caddo church began to grow when its members chose to align with Durant-First. "Their out-of-the-box thinking and partnership changed their rural-church environment to one of growth and excitement," she said.

Lamont UMC, in Enid District, has intentionally worked to involve the entire membership in worship and mission, she reported. Now they build ramps for people with disabilities, clean and paint homes, host meals for senior citizens, and deliver meals to people recovering from illness. They spruced up the city park and partnered with other churches to offer a community-wide Vacation Bible School.


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