United Methodists everywhere are encouraged to begin planning now to join in Change the World, a church-wide event on April 24-25 that prompts members to join with others in the community to make a difference locally and globally.

During that weekend, United Methodist churches are encouraged to create and participate in a service or fundraising event that helps effect positive and long-lasting change, whether it's revitalizing a food-pantry program, creating a new ministry to help the homeless, or increasing awareness of global health issues like malaria. Churches can utilize existing ministries or initiate a new outreach event.

On April 25, World Malaria Day, The United Methodist Church will formally launch a $75 million campaign called Imagine No Malaria to eradicate deaths caused by malaria. Churches are being asked to host events such as camp-outs to experience sleeping under bed nets like families in Africa who rely on mosquito netting for protection against malaria. These events will help raise awareness and funds that support Imagine No Malaria.

The April Change the World event was created as part of the Rethink Church campaign in partnership with the United Methodist Publishing House and Imagine No Malaria. The concept for Change the World originated with the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, named one of the top 50 churches in the U.S. by Church Report. Last October, Slaughter hosted the Change the World conference and authored a book by the same name that aligns with the vision of Rethink Church

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Change the World Concert

Change the World Concert, Sunday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s UMC, 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis. Performers include Lisa McClendon and the Later @ St. Luke’s Praise Team. This will be a fundraiser to benefit the United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign and Mission Possible Kids (MPKids) a part of St. Luke’s children’s ministry. Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Children (ages 5-18).

Visit www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.

Tickets are available from the Indiana Conference Web site at www.inumc.org/tickets. For youth group discounts contact LeKisha Reed at LeKisha.Reed@inumc.org or call toll-free 877-781-6706.