Dismantling Racism:
Lent Devotions by our Bishops

Each week of Lent and every day of Holy Week, a United Methodist bishop will offer a short devotion. Together, we will confess and fast from the sins of racism, discrimination, oppression and exclusion, and feast on the beauty and blessing of the diversity of God’s Church. This series is another step on our journey of repentance, reconciliation and action.  Learn more 

Take the Truth...
and Invest it in the World
A timely reminder from Bishop Roy C. Nichols, first African American Bishop of the United Methodist Church. 
Watch video here.
Find additional inspiration from NYAC's 250th Anniversary video collection here.
Resources for Lent and Holy Week 




  • Lenten Action a Day Calendar: geared towards youth, but any age group can do this.  You will find this resource attached (below) to this email.
  • Empty Tombs: a recipe, with accompanying Scriptures, to engage children in the story of the resurrection.  (From Give Peas a Chance) This resource is also attached below. 
  • Worship at Home series, from Abingdon Leadership. 
  • Planning for Holy Week: Keeping Rituals and Connecting Community.  
    Presented by Amplify Media, this a recording of a live webinar that took place on February 11.  Panelists include Kevin Bogan (Church of the Resurrection), Dr. Marcia McFee (Worship Design Studio), and Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams (Asst. Dean of Worship and Music, Candler School of Theology).
  • Leading Meaningful Digital WorshipFree webinar presented by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.  Tuesday, March 23, Noon (Eastern).  Registration is limited to 150 participants.
#Still in Mission - Episode 28


You are invited to join us for #StillInMission Episode 28.  During the event you will have the chance to hear a presentation from one of the missionaries listed below and learn more about how God is at work through United Methodist missionaries all over the world.  If you want to learn more about these missionaries before the call, visit
To register, click here.  Registration is required. 

Puerto Rico Maria Response Update

All are invited to meet with Glorymar Baez and Carmen Ana Perez for the latest information and update on the Puerto Rico response effort and future volunteer teams.          
     February 22, 7 to 8 PM, ET
     Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 9201 8014
Passcode: 044942
Contact Tymera Jackson for more information

Be a FAN for Your Church's Health

Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) was developed with and for churches to prevent and address the most common health conditions impacting congregations and communities, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and obesity. The program focuses on physical activity and healthy eating because these two behaviors are consistently shown in research to prevent and treat these health conditions.

The Prevention Research Center will be offering a free FAN Online Training for churches, in April.  If you would like more information, or to register your church's interest in participating, please reach out to Jessica Stucker, FAN Project Coordinator, 877-971-5259 (toll-free)

You may also contact NYAC's Abundant Health Coordinator, Wendy Vencuss, at, 860-324-1429.

News from NYAC
Camping & Retreat Ministries

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is open! Quinipet offers Day and Overnight programs for campers ages 5-17. For more information, dates & rates, and COVID updates visit

Join us for a Summer Camp Open House! Quinipet will host three afternoons for families to visit, tour the grounds and meet staff. Saturdays: March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. RSVP for a day and time block HERE. All are welcome!  

Quinipet is hiring seasonal summer staff! (Employment flyer attached.) Available opportunities include (age 19+) waterfront counselors, activity counselors, sailing counselors, (age 21+) Head Counselor (Female), Sailing Director and Spiritual Life Coordinator. For more and to apply online visit or email Erika Zachman, Staffing Coordinator, at

"Camping Sunday" 2021 is March 7th. Churches within the Conference will receive digital resources and information about the work of the NYAC Camping & Retreat Ministry and how congregations can play an integral role in supporting our youth! Now more than ever our children need to unplug and reconnect with their spirituality and one another. We hope you will join us for this very special day of love, support and faith.


Kingswood is now taking online reservations for the 2021 season! They offer three ways to camp at our beautiful NYAC campsite in Hancock, NY: Equipped Campsites, RV Campsite and Tent & Trailer Campsites. Reconnect with God and with nature this summer! 
Kingswood will be holding their annual Social Media Blitz workshop virtually this year from Thursday, February 18th - Sunday, February 21st. They will also be accepting short stays starting March 15th! If you’re interested in volunteering in any way at Kingswood, or partaking in the social media blitz next year, please email Rachael at

News From Around the Connection

General Agencies Cutting Back

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions. Kathy L. Gilbert and Jim Patterson report in the first installment of a two-part series.
Read story

Scrutinizing the proposed hold on new bishops
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist bishops explained in a webinar why they are urging delegates to delay electing any new U.S. bishops until 2024. However, some delegates say such a move is more drastic than needed. Heather Hahn reports. Read story
Watch webinar

Duke Divinity School adds hybrid M.Div. program
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke Divinity School has announced a new hybrid program that will let students earn a Master of Divinity degree without relocating to the Durham campus. Duke Divinity, a United Methodist seminary, also has added 12 scholarships — covering up to 100% of tuition — for students committed to ministry. Read press release  

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NYAC Mission Statement

We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.

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