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Take advantage of Pokemon Go

Is your church a Poke Stop for Pokemon Go? Watch GNJ's Manager of Visual Arts, James Lee, explain 4 ways your church can take advantage of the new mobile game sweeping the nation. Click here to watch the video that now has nearly 20K views and has reached almost 80K people. 

A Future With Hope Volunteers Needed 

We've been blessed by the support of more than 11,000 volunteers. Currently, we're in need of volunteers for the summer, fall and winter. We can create flexible work plans for you and your congregation. Teams of 4 or more with flexible extended weekend schedules should email Lisa Park or call 732-359-1012 to schedule a team of volunteers. 

From the NFL to IGNITE 

William Green, former NFL football star and native of Atlantic City, will take the stage at IGNITE 2016 to speak about finding fulfillment and purpose in Christ. Don't miss out when over 1,000 students, grades 6-12, come together this fall in Wildwood for IGNITE. Find out more about speakers, performers, lodging, schedule and registration here.

IGNITE Scholarship Fund

You have the power to change the life of a young person and help them grow in Christ. Donate to the IGNITE scholarship fund and invest in the spiritual growth and inspiration of youth. Click here to donate. Names of donors will be included in the IGNITE conference booklet.

2016 Laity Leadership Academy

Serving to equip and empower laity leaders, the Academy offers expert assistance and guidance in creating vital small group ministries, an evangelism church, powerful worship experience, and social media ministry. Try out one of four specialty tracks. 
Sept. 10, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Mission and Resource Center. Find out more and register here.

United Methodists throughout the conference are working toward the goal of $12 million to help rebuild homes, save lives and inspire local church mission. Learn how you and your congregation can join the campaign.

Circles of Hope Update 

In September, we will publish a new list of Hope Circles. Where will your church end up? Click here to see the list of Mission Fund churches members and find out what hope circle your congregation belongs in.

Leaders adopt new way to fight malaria

As part of the deliberations of the 27th Afican Union (AU) Summit in Kigali, 49 heads of state adopted a comprehensive new approach to eliminate malaria by 2030. Click here to read more about the new plan and help us continue to be on the winning side of history in the battle against malaria. 

Day of Hope 

St. Paul Church and Day Care is having a Day of Hope, Health and Family Fair providing health screenings, games, and entertainment. Funds will be raised for A Future With Hope and Imagine No Malaria. Aug. 27, 11 am - 3 pm at 739 Mt. Prospect Ave, Newark, NJ. For more information call 973-485-0420 or email Pastor Rolando.
A Future With Hope is the mission arm of the United Methodist Church of Greater NJ dedicated to helping families with Sandy recovery and developing Communities of Hope resourcing for our congregations.

Race 2 Rebuild

Will you join the race? Race2Rebuild has partnered with A Future With Hope to bring national awareness and important financial support to our work of recovery in New Jersey. The DelMosports Atlantic City Triathlon and 5K on August 14 is dedicated to Sandy recovery with funds supporting A Future With Hope. Find out more and sign up to race here


Meal Volunteers needed for Highlands Host Site

Provide a meal for teams helping with Sandy rebuilding over the next few weeks. Click here to sign up or email Ellen Korpar. You can also call 732-598-4877

Grieving Class at Mission and Resource Center 

The Landscape of Loss: Pastoral Care in Situations of Grief and Loss will be held Aug. 30 - Dec. 7, 2016 on Tuesdays, 5-7:30 p.m. at the GNJ Mission and Resource Center. This three credit class led by Rev. Dr. Virginia Samuel, will study various dimensions of the experiences of death and grief. For more information and to register, email Rev. Dr. Amy Jones or call 973-408-3084

Drew University Summer Music Institute

The Summer Music Institute brings together pastors, laity, and musicians, as well as renowned worship leaders and experts in liturgy, movement, music and ritual from across the globe. Featuring Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Mark Miller, and many others, the intensive study of sung and spoken word and worship will feature dancing, singing, and praise. July 28-29. Click here to see schedule, speakers, and register.



The Connection

Cultivate your spiritual garden and allow your heart to become ripe in God's spirit this summer by joining Director of Small Groups Ministry, Rev. Beth Caulfield, in exploring 4 powerful tips to plan for small groups ministries. Click here to read the new blog post

Sacred Spaces for Controversial Conversations 

Having questions right now is appropriate. Now is a good time to revisit our video from last year's convocation: "Imagine a Circle" - Sacred Spaces for Controversial Conversations. Click here to watch.

Volunteers in Mission Leadership Training 

Are you interested in learning more about being a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team leader or hosting mission teams? Join Rev. Tom Lank on Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more information and to register. 

Clean Water for Haiti Trip

The Greater New Jersey United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is helping to bring clean water to Haiti. Lead a UMVIM team to Haiti, Jan. 7-14, 2017, join the GNJ Water Filtration Team or donate to the Conference Clean Water for Haiti fund. Click here for more information, call 732-865-3730 or email Kathy Ahmad for more to find out more. 

Central Region Day of Learning 

Registration for Doxology: A Worship Conference is now open. Join worship leader Kurtis Parks for a time of learning, sharing and spiritual growth, and worship with leaders from around the conference for a day of exploring new ways to bring the worship experience to life. Nov. 12, 2016. Find out more and register here. 

Career Opportunity: Central Region Administrative Assistant 

Thirsting for creativity, inspiration and innovation? Want to take your skills to the next level? GNJ is seeking an experienced administrative assistant who is committed to excellence to join our dynamic team of talent. Please click here to view position requirements and apply. 

Conference Journals

The 2016 Conference Journal will be available for review and download on the website. If you’d like a bound, printed copy, click here to order. Printed journals are available free to all retired clergy upon request and all others for a fee of $18. No CD-ROMs will be produced this year. Deadline for ordering a hard copy journal is August 15.

Certified Lay Ministers Scholarships

Limited scholarship opportunities are being offered by The Board of Laity for people in the Certified Lay Ministry process who cannot afford the psychological assessment fee. Click here to find out more.



Two bishops elected in Northeast 

Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Rev. LaTrelle Easterling were elected bishops by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, held last week in Lancaster, Pa. Both new bishops are African-Americans. Read the story here.

United Methodist Church elects 15 new bishops 

The United Methodist Church elected 15 new bishops in jurisdictional conferences around the U.S. last week. Read all election stories here.


GNJ District Info

The United Methodist Church in Greater New Jersey is comprised of 9 districts of about 60 churches each. These districts are also clustered into 3 main regions: North, Central and South. Click here to view all nine Greater New Jersey district pages. 

Reserve Space at the Mission and Resource Center 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee. 


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