Conference Resource Day hosted by Green Mountain District
The history of food programs is one of compassion but not necessarily thoughtfulness as to the best way to help the food insecure people in our communities, which COVID-19 has exacerbated. Most food pantries and meals are transactional rather than relational.
You are invited to participate in a Resource Day Event with Reverend Dr. Elizabeth Magill (Pastor Liz) for a workshop focusing on relational ministry in our communities. She recently wrote Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers:
"Many churches are providing for their neighbors with pantries and meals. Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing Relational Food Ministries is about how to feed not only our bodies, but also our hearts and our souls. It is about getting to know the people who come to eat, and in knowing, how to make space for everyone to belong. Five Loaves is about creating church." (from her website)
During the webinar, Reverend and author Elizabeth Mae Magill and speakers representing 4 Vermont United Methodist churches will share their knowledge and experiences with current food ministry programs. The five will cover topics such as:
- How to make food ministry programs more relational
- How best to join forces with other churches or organizations that might seem wary of partnership
- How to “right-size” a food ministry program at a small church
- When it is time for a food ministry to be a focal point in a church
Breakout groups will be formed during the latter part of the webinar to discuss how to start a new food ministry program, how to overcome existing challenges in ongoing programs, and how to collaborate with other churches or organizations in a community. The speakers will join the workshop attendees to delve into these areas.
We hope you will join the conversation! All are welcome.
For more about Pastor Liz, visit her website
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To sign up, find and click on the Register button elsewhere on this page! The Zoom connection information will be emailed a couple days before the event to people who have registered.
We invite you/your church to complete this simple survey
to assist us in gathering information about the ways your church may support or sponsor food ministries. The results will be shared with the team that is planning this event. Thank you for particpating in the survey by September 18: