District Resources and Training

Let the district office know if your church is offering Lay Servant courses or seminars which are open to other folks and could be posted here.

Ministry Resource Brochure

Click here to download a brochure which lists resources.

Retreats/Workshops/Seminars

The Vermont District has many gifted lay and clergy members who have experience in leading a variety of programs from spiritual retreats and days apart to educational seminars. If you have a group that is looking for a program--specific or vague--please contact the District Office and we can help you identify a topic and leadership.

Retreat in a Box - Taste and See: Would you like to lead your own day apart? The District Office has a complete retreat provided by the New England Spiritual Formation Initiative and written by Rev. Larry Peacock. The script and some worship center materials are all boxed up and ready for use! The format is arranged for a time frame of 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 

Fresh Air: Breathe New Life into Your Congregation: The New England Conference Spiritual Formation Initiative is pleased to offer a series of three-hour programs, called Fresh Air, which can be held in local churches to promote spiritual formation. A trained retreat leader will come to your church at a time convenient for you. Each module has an experiential component to help deepen spiritual practices.

The two of these modules are available now: Deepening the Congregation's Prayer Life. Experience and learn about Breath Prayer, Daily Prayer, Prayer Groups, and more. A second module, The Spirituality of Children, offers ways for families to grow together in their spiritual life.

Please contact the Office at gmdsvt@comcast.net or call 802-878-1245 for more information about the Retreat in a Box or the Fresh Air modules.

Vermont Mission Team

What can our churches do together in mission in Vermont? This team is a new group that is organizing to help promote mission awareness in Vermont. If this resonates with you, please be in touch with one of the organizers, Rene Wilbur, lwilbur@vermontel.net, or George Klohck, mgklohck@gmavt.net, or the new chair, Rev. Greg Smith, revgasmith@att.net.

District Volunteer in Mission Coordinator

Rev. Charlie Magill is the Volunteer-in Mission coordinator for the Vermont District. Contact him for information on current or future VIM trips or for trip leader training. He can be contacted at VTUMVIM@aol.com or (802)879-6238.  Don't know what Volunteers in Mission is? Click here for more information. Visit the Global Ministries Mission Volunteer website for the big picture.

Lay Servant Ministries

Marie MacDougall is the district coordinator for Lay Speaking Ministries. Contact her for courses being offered in the district and other  information about this critical lay leadership program. Marie MacDougall, macdome@juno.com. Click here to learn more about the Lay Speaking Ministries program in general or go to the District Lay Speaking Ministries webpage for current class listings.

United Methodist Women District Mission Team

The district UMW officers would love to be invited to your church to help expand the local church's concept of mission to women, children, and youth. The 2011 President is Janet Powell, 188 Pleasant Avenue, Williston VT 05495, (802)878-3293. Click here to go to the District UMW webpage. To learn more about United Methodist Women, click here.

Emmaus Community

Looking for the Walk to Emmaus website? Here is a link to the Living Waters of the Adirondack and Green Mountains Emmaus/Chrysalis Communities, Inc. which is the community from the former Troy Conference (eastern NY and VT). Click this link to go to the Crossroads Emmaus of New England website. (To learn more about this spiritual formation experience, click here.) Is God inviting you to the Walk?

Finances

The District Finance Committee is a resource for education about stewardship and financial matters.

The United Methodist Foundation of New England is an excellent resource for educational programs and resources related to church finances and faith. Visit there website here.