UMVIM Awareness Sunday
The 2004 General Conference ruled that
(1) each annual conference may set aside a Sunday to be declared Volunteers In Mission Awareness Day;
(2) each local church provide for UMVIM displays, information resources, solicit individual or group testimonies, and/or develop other ways to celebrate the UMVIM movement in whatever fashion that best suits the local congregation; and
(3) local churches draw upon the available resources of the Conference UMVIM Committee to help make the day memorable, one of "Christian Love in Action".
As you plan your UMVIM Awareness Sunday, we hope you'll find helpful the following resources developed by UMVIM, NCJ; UMVIM, NEJ; UMVIM, SEJ; UMVIM, WJ; and GBGM Mission Volunteers.(Note: To download the materials in pdf format, you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
- List of resources and ideas
- - or click here for this document in PDF format
- Church Bulletin insert: Litany
- - or PDF format (landscape orientation)
- Voices from around the World: Vignettes that can be used in a variety of ways
- - or PDF format
- UMVIM song: "Lord, We Will Follow Thee" (PDF format only). As copyright holder, UMVIM SEJ grants full permission to duplicate this song for use on UMVIM Awareness Sunday.
- Guidelines for United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) Teams.
These guidelines were developed in October of 2003 by the UMVIM Jurisdictional Coordinators and Mission Volunteers of the General Board of Global Ministries. They were presented to each jurisdictional UMVIM board and the board of the United Methodist Fellowship of Health Care Volunteers for review, revision and consensus. They have been printed in jurisdictional UMVIM newsletters and websites, some annual conference UMVIM newsletters, in the General Board of Global Ministries Training Manual for Mission Volunteers, on the Mission Volunteers website under UMVIM Awareness Sunday, and they appear in each issue of The Knock, the newsletter of the United Methodist Fellowship of Health Care Volunteers.