The weekend of April 24-25
What if on one weekend all around the world, United Methodists came together to work with their local communities? As we serve people locally, we unite globally to eliminate a preventable, treatable disease that kills one child every 30 seconds?
“We all want to see change in the world and by serving our local communities. We get to see that change up close and personal, but we also can touch those we do not see and may never meet. By raising awareness and funds, we can save lives and conquer malaria – a disease that the U.S. has already defeated.” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, head of United Methodist Communications.
On April 24-25, United Methodists around the world are invited to participate in Change the World, a weekend event that coincides with World Malaria Day on Sunday, April 25. Congregations are invited to schedule a community-based workday and use World Malaria Day sermon starters on Sunday. A special offering is encouraged to support the fight against malaria.
The Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio has written a book titled Change the World: Recovering the Mission and Message of Jesus, set to be released in February. He emphasizes, “As the United Methodist Church, we have worried too much about getting numbers into our churches instead of getting the people in our churches out into the world in relative ways. Even our smallest churches can have incredible impact when they leave their four walls to serve the needs of their neighbors, alongside of their neighbors.”
United Methodists are known for their commitment to social action. Be one who makes a change and together, we can change the world. To get involved go to www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld. To read the book, visit www.changetheworld.abingdonpress.com.
“…we also can touch those we do not see and may never meet.”
– Larry Hollon
Change the World…
is a movement to connect United Methodists across the world in service on one weekend, locally and globally.
- Plan a work project in your community on April 24.
- Focus your April 25th worship message on helping those in need to fight malaria.
- Add your event to the Web site
Build community locally. Fight malaria globally.