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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Together: Summer Preparations

    It’s almost that time of year again. Family vacations, social get-togethers, barbecues, and school vacations make summertime a favorite for many. But for some churches, this time of year can be difficult. Lower church attendance can often lead to a decrease in offerings and loss of momentum for growth. It's important for church leaders to not get discouraged. Perhaps your church is doing something unique to prepare for the summertime. If so, we would love to hear about it. Click here to tell us all about it.

    Fun summer ministry ideas

    • Summertime provides a great opportunity to change things up, rethink some of the ways we can engage people in mission and ministry, and involve new people in new ministries. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to experience a little summer fun in your congregation, community, and connection.

    Keep your congregation connected during the summer

    • Summertime can be hard on churches. But it doesn't have to be. If members can’t make it to church every Sunday, you can still help your congregation stay connected and committed during the summer months. Here are a few ideas.

    Ten keys to leading your church through summer

    • It’s not uncommon to see worship and Sunday school attendance drop during the summertime. Families are going on vacation, mission trips, and other events. It’s easy to get discouraged. Instead of fighting against this trend, consider making changes to your church schedule and overall ministry approach that capitalize on lower attendance. Here are some tips to help.

    Five summertime giving tips

    • It’s almost summertime and as many of you already know, this is typically the time of year when giving declines. Here are five tips to help you prepare for summertime giving.

    How to prepare your church for summer

    • As you ease into summer, you start to see your momentum from the last few months diminish, and it instantly becomes a battle to overcome the feeling of disappointment and failure. Can this reality for many pastors be countered? Are there any remedies to fight the summertime blues? Well, let's take a look.

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."