The Fall 2018 Wesleyan District Lay Ministry Academy was held on Saturday, September 29th at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Buckhannon, WV.
The theme for this season’s Academy was Innovation and about 45 Lay Servants and Certified Lay Minister candidates were in attendance.
Opening Worship started at 8:00am, where we were blessed with a message from Bridgeport UMC Lay Servant Cheryl Bramble. The service ended with an innovative Native American Communion service, led by Rev. Helen Oates.
Classes were offered in the new advanced preaching course, From Pew to Pulpit, facilitated by Rev. Oates, and Afire with God: Becoming Spirited Stewards, led by our District Superintendent, the Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan. Module 3 of the Certified Lay Minister training program also continued at the Academy, taught by Jim Minutelli, CLM.
Special thanks to so many people, including Rev. Helen Oates and her staff at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for hosting us and providing support; Jo Criss with the District, for all of her hard work; Cheryl Bramble for sharing her message with us; Aladdin Food Service at West Virginia Wesleyan College for our meals and snacks, and especially all of our Lay Servants for their attendance and their dedication to their ministries.
Lay Ministries is not only for those who want to speak or share from the pulpit. It is also for anyone who just wants to serve in their churches or charges and get all the training the United Methodist Church has to offer to better share their gifts. Contact the District office at 304-472-1095 or Director of Lay Ministry Jim Minutelli at 304-629-9398, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!