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Greater NJ Annual Conference

General Conference

We are an Annual Conference of churches growing in discipleship and ministry for Jesus Christ.

"The purpose of the annual conference is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God." from the 1996 Book of Discipline, ¶ 601

The primary focus of our new Annual Conference is to identify, support, train and nurture effective lay and clergy leaders to strengthen local congregations for ministry in the world.

We are in mission and ministry in the name of Christ for the transformation of lives and the redemption of the community;
that the hurting may be healed,
that the hungry may be fed,
that the lost may be found,
that the Shalom of God may come upon the earth.

Adopted by the Delegates to the Uniting Conference, August 4-6, 2000


Family Promise of Monmouth County

Family Promise of Monmouth County

Our mission is to provide food, shelter and comprehensive services to homeless families in Monmouth County in cooperation with a network of interfaith congregations, while advocating innovative solutions to chronic homelessness.

Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of national Family Promise, works with community agencies, faith-based services, churches and synagogues to provide shelter, food, transportation and supportive services including case management for homeless families. 

Our Network is made up of host congregations who have pledged the use of their facilities and the participation of volunteer members and support congregations who provide additional volunteers and support.

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 ShopForGoodness.com is a site to raise money and awareness for those in need. We leverage shopping and social media to drive change in our local community. We’ve partnered with iGive.com to find you great deals. When you buy or your friends buy, a percentage of each sale goes to our cause Goodness Now.
 

Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry

The Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer community service organization providing food assistance and additional services for low-income families and Senior Citizens requiring ongoing or temporary assistance in the Northern Bayshore area of Monmouth County.

For many individuals our organization is sometimes their last resort. Recent years have taken a toll on many families and Senior Citizens due to the economic situation in our country, health reasons and other circumstances. The number of lay-offs, cost for food and other items continues to rise making it difficult to make end meets. Some of these families and seniors are truly in need but are too proud; don’t know who to turn to or where to seek assistance. The purpose of our organization is to improve the quality of life for our clients by providing them with nourishments for both body and mind. 


Aslan Ministries

The mission of Aslan Youth Ministries is to provide relationship-based programs that permanently impact the bodies, minds and spirits of disadvantaged urban children and empower them to overcome their negative environments and circumstances. Aslan's programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, character development classes anchored in Christian values and principles, recreational activities, summer camps, cultural enrichment programs, intervention services, and scholarship assistance programs for higher learning

Aslan's philosophy is that meaningful and permanent change only takes place through the development of one's character and by learning to live the basic principles of right and wrong upon which civilization is based. Learning to function as a productive member of society means learning to respect oneself and one's fellow man. Each Aslan program is designed for long-term results that empower youth with the tools needed to live meaningful lives. Aslan's radical approach helps urban youth see beyond who they are at one particular moment in time. Through continual and consistent year-round encouragement and extreme adventure activities such as long-distance bicycle touring, skiing, camping, and Project Third World Haiti, Aslan positions children outside their comfort zones. We help them reach deeply within and overcome their fears, limitations, and failures and, with God's help, find the strength to endure and succeed!

Visit our Ministry Team page for more information and updates on MUMC's Aslan activities.

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United Methodist Homes

In 1907, a committee of women appointed by the New Brunswick District Preachers corresponded with pastors and members of the Methodist Episcopal churches of Monmouth County about the importance of establishing a home for the aged. In response to this need, a single home at 63 Clark Avenue, Ocean Grove, was purchased, and it became the first home in our system. Collingswood Manor, begun independently in 1891, merged with the United Methodist Homes in 1971.

With an annual operating budget over $62 million and about 915 employees, the Homes is widely recognized for high quality care and service to seniors. The Homes is a national model for other church-related elder care organizations in the United States. Residents benefit from a range of comprehensive services and enjoy a variety of intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, physical and vocational enriching programs.

The tradition is noble. The legacy is now ours.


UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States.  Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering - whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.

UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.

We partner with local partner organizations and survivors to rebuild their livelihoods, health and homes.  In times of acute crisis we mobilize emergency supplies, fresh water, and temporary shelter to stricken areas, and then stay as long as it takes to implement long-term recovery. Our workers are known all over the globe for their compassion, leadership, expertise and guidance in recovery efforts.

UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues, and transitional development. United Methodist hearts and hands are part of every program implemented; school kit, seed, health kit, fresh water and tool distributed in the US and throughout the world; and every new house, well, clinic and school rebuilt after catastrophes of conflict or nature. 

Most importantly, our work connects us in a global network of generous donors and equally generous beneficiaries.

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Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is a ministry organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for spirtual birth, growth, and renewal in a Christian seaside setting.  Centrally located on the Jersey Shore, Ocean Grove is within two hours of both New York City and Philadelphia.  Founded in 1869, the Camp Meeting continues to put on a vibrant program of preaching, teaching and celebration throughout the summer months.  More recently, the Camp Meeting has also been providing more year-round activities.

Camp Meetings were an important aspect of evangelism and revivalism in the sparsely settled areas of the American frontier. These events were held in the open air and took place over several days. Because many attendees had to travel some distance in order to be there, it was common to simply camp out at the very spot, thus leading to the name. People were told to let go of their sins and dedicate themselves to God. Very often people would begin shouting in religious fervor.

Most historians believe that James McGready held the first camp meeting at Red River, Kentucky, in June 1800. It was so successful that he held a second one at Gasper River, Kentucky, just a month later. The largest camp meeting may have been the Cane Ridge Revival held at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, in August 1801. Lead by Barton W. Stone, it was attended by at least 10,000 people over the course of a week.


 
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Prayer Song

PrayerSong is a genre of Christian music that combines the Word of God with the ancient tradition of chant in a 21st century music environment. While “Praise Song” in the late 20th and early 21st century often expresses a personal glorification of the Trinity, PrayerSong most often quotes Scripture directly as a means of learning words spoken by God through the prophets and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The purpose of PrayerSong is to attain a communal sense of wholeness as we sing prayer together and invite the Spirit of peace to remove from us all feelings of isolation and discontent. In PrayerSong, we focus on our own breathing and become aware of the community of voices contributing to our inner peace as we lift our hearts to God and contribute our voice to the music and Holy Spirit that surrounds us.

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