District News

Mobile District Conference - Save the Date!!

Please add January 7th to your church calendars for our annual Mobile District Conference.  It will be held at The Vision Center located at 4807 Princeton Drive, Mobile. More information will be coming soon!

Redemption in Black & White -  St Mark UMC Panel on Racism

Saturday, January 6th at 6 pm

Click here for more information.

First Annual "Love in Action" Event

Announcing the UMC Mobile District's first annual valentine event, “Love in Action.” The driving force for this event comes from the words found in John 13:35 (NRSV), “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Each year, all of the Mobile District churches will be invited to come together in serving a church in need. It is an event that will be held each February near Valentine’s Day in effort to share our "love for one another.” This year’s event will be a District-wide work day at West Wilmer United Methodist Church. 

Be a Part of the First Annual District Valentine, “Love in Action”

Come join us for a day of food, fun and serving as we share our "love for one another" in a District-wide work day.  Tell your members about this exciting upcoming event where all will be blessed as we enjoy a day together, meeting members throughout the Mobile District and serving our only mission church. Come be a part of a God’s presence in the West Wilmer community!

Where: West Wilmer United Methodist Church
15231 Starlight Ave.
Wilmer, AL 36587
When:  Saturday, February 10, 2018


New Semester Begins Soon for Students at USA Wesley Foundation

As a new semester begins in January, the USA Wesley Foundation wants to continue the tradition of providing meals each Tuesday night. We are seeking volunteers to help provide this meal each week.  This is an important time in the lives of these young students and what a great opportunity for you to show hospitality and get to know them as they grow in their relationship with Christ!  They expect to feed approximately 40 folks each week. Wesley will have paper products and drinks so you only need the meal... but be sure to include a dessert – we are talking about college students you know.  :-)  You are welcome to stay and eat with the students or you may simply drop off the food at the Wesley Foundation by 5:30pm. This could be a great project for your Sunday School Class or a small group within your church. 
Please consider supporting the students of The Wesley Foundation in this way and click here to find available dates and sign up!

Lay Servant Training Scheduled

Mobile District:

Lay Servant Ministries is a United Methodist Church leadership development program focused on equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry. The program emphasizes three study paths: Certified Lay Servant, Certified Lay Speaker and Certified Lay Minister.

All paths begin with a basic step titled “Introduction to Lay Ministry: The Basic Course.” Beginning Jan. 10, Christ United Methodist Church will offer this basic course on our campus for 10 weeks each Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. John Sellers, director of Lay Servant Ministries for the Mobile District, will teach the course.

Designed to help people become the disciple God wants them to be, the basic course opens the door to advanced studies in prayer, worship, Methodist beliefs, and preaching, just to mention a few.  

Those interested should contact Sonya Carson at sonya@christumcmobile.com or 251-342-0462, ext. 265 to order a book and reserve a space.

Baypines District:

March 2-3, 2018 at Frisco City UMC. The training will be held at Frisco CIty UMC. The Courses that will be taught during the training are:

  • Basic - Beverly Maddox
  • Polity - TBA
  • Methodist heritage - Richard Gilbert
  • Preach - Pastor Steve Kopp

Click here for more information and to register.

Pensacola District:

March 9, 2018, and Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The registration form will be available in early 2018.  For questions about this training contact Bruce Knecht, Pensacola District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at acftmechcso@att.net or David Bowen, AWF Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, at 334-546-3970 or david.bowenjr@gmail.com.

IgniteMOBILE, Inc. and it's Mission

IgniteMOBILE has many goals but its primary mission is to support and encourage new ministries and businesses in the Mobile area.  IgniteMOBILE does this by using its nonprofit status as a parent company which allows other ministries or businesses to use this tax code to apply for grants and function as a full nonprofit. As your ministry or business grows to a desired size, these entities may branch off under their own nonprofit status. Click here for more details about the organization.

Upcoming Connectional Webinars

The Connectional Webinar Series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology through the Office of Connectional Ministries. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office! All you need is a computer and the Internet.  Click here to find information about upcoming or past available webinars.

Shop UMCmarket and help Open Doors

If you haven't yet checked out the new UMCmarket, its an innovative and simple program that offers savings for you while generating contributions for your ministry. Whether purchasing items for donation or shopping for family and friends, it's a great way to give twice, at no additional cost to you. Open Doors is listed as an option for your donation when purchasing online through UMCmarket. This would be a great way to help Open Doors, Inc. continue in its mission for supporting community ministries as you shop online for Christmas.
 Click here to watch a brief video and learn more about the benefits of UMCmarket!

Alabama Rural Ministry Offers Opportunities to Serve and Learn

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) has lots going on and needs your help.  Check out the ARM website to find all of the news.

United Methodist Development Fund - How We Can Partner With You?

The Development Fund would like to help your church build, expand, or renovate. We loan money to churches at rates that are significantly lower than typical commercial rates and we offer loan terms of up to 15 years. In addition, the Development Fund charges no points or closing costs.

Because we are a non-profit that serves our conference, the Development Fund Board is made up of United Methodists with financial backgrounds and also has experience complying to the Book of Discipline guidelines for building and loan projects. The reward received from helping churches like Navarre is "why we do what we do," says Terri Turner, Executive Director of the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Foundation.

When considering finance options for your next project we invite you to fill out a loan application at www.alwfumf.org

To get started on a new loan for your ministry, contact Terri at 334-793-6820 or foundation@alwfumf.org.

Click here to find free resources from RETHINK CHURCH

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Navigate the conference Website easier by downloading the free AWF app! Scan the below QR code to download. Available for iPhones, iPads and Droid mobile devices.

Job/Ministry Opportunities - click here for full descriptions

District Dates

Second Sunday of Each Month - North Mobile District SINGSPIRATION- 6pm

Clergy Coffee - First Wednesday of each month 8am – Cracker Barrel - Schillinger Rd

January 7 - Mobile District Conference - The Vision Center - 4807 Princeton Drive

January 10 - Lay Speaking Basic Training Begins - Christ UMC - Wednesday nights for 10 weeks

February 10 - First Annual "Love in Action" District Wide Event - West Wilmer UMC - 9am-3pm

February 24 – District Lay Servant Training Day - Advanced Classes to be offered

Church Dates

December 17 - Wesley Chapel UMC - Family and Friends Day - 3pm

January 6 -  Redemption in Black & WhiteSt Mark UMC Panel on Racism - 6 pm

Conference Dates

January 3  - GBHEM Scholarship Applications

January 5-6 - Fresh Expressions-Pioneer Learning Community

January 19-20 - COSROW Event

January 19-20 - Lay Servant Ministries Training

January 27 - Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries Board Meeting

January 31-February 1 - ERT Training-Trinity UMC, Ft. Walton

February 3 - UMVIM Team Leader Training-Lynn Haven UMC

February 6-7 - Planning for Your Retirement

February 20 - Bishop's Day Apart

March 2 - Lay Servant Training - Baypines District

March 2-4 - Bishop's Confirmation Retreat - Blue Lake

Click here to find The Alabama West Florida Conference calendar online!