Plan ahead for Native American Ministries Sunday, May 5
Native American Ministries Sunday celebrates and supports the 157 Native American United Methodist churches that are part of the denomination. On May 5, our special offering helps directly support Native American congregations to authentically minister with their communities and provides scholarships for Native American seminary students.
Did you know that more than 20,000 Native American people are part of The United Methodist Church? Through gifts shared on this Special Sunday, United Methodist Native American seminary students and congregations are empowered to develop new ministries that honor creative expression of their culture. They are equipped to form new ministry partnerships and coalitions, encouraging community reconciliation and restoration.
Native American Ministries Sunday is just six weeks away. Now is a great time to gather your leadership team and begin discussing your strategy for inviting the congregation to contribute to this special offering. Does your congregation have members who are Native Americans? If so, invite them to be part of planning the worship celebration.
We have prepared worship resources and information to share with your congregation about the importance of Native American Ministries Sunday and to ask them to give generously on May 5.
For ideas about engaging your church in celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday, print and share this poster.
For worship, social media and other resources to prepare for Native American Ministries Sunday, download your toolkit here.
If you don’t already have offering envelopes for Native American Ministries Sunday, please order them today.
Through our connection, we live out our commitment to repentance, healing forgiveness and love. Thank you for reminding your congregation to give generously on May 5.
The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell
Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries
Executive Director, Loans and Scholarships
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry