Heritage Sunday shall be observed on Aldersgate Day (May 24), or the Sunday preceding that date. The day provides an opportunity for reflection on heritage, a celebration of where the Church has been, how it understands itself as it shapes us today, and the meaning of Christian conferencing. Heritage Sunday calls the Church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God (paragraph 264.1, The Book of Discipline, 2016).
Heritage Sunday is set aside for remembering our legacy as United Methodists. It is an ideal time for local churches to develop programs and projects reflecting the importance of history in the congregational formation and casting the future.
This year’s approach to Heritage Sunday is a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of United Methodist Women with the theme “Bold Faith, Audacious Women.”
The Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History urges every local church, district, and congregation to discover and celebrate all that United Methodist Women have accomplished in the last 150 years. Churches are encouraged to use this Special Sunday and the resources provided to lend a hand in recognizing this important history.