May 2021 BRD Monthly

posted on May 01


COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
(updated 3.24.2021)

View & Download a copy of the updated guidelines here.

For more resources related to COVID-19 visit



Annual Conference 2021

This year's Annual Conference will be live-streamed on the WNCC website and their Facebook and YouTube pages.  The Ordering of Ministry Services, however, will be held in-person at Lake Junaluska!

The Annual Conference Offering will be gifted to UMAR and the Northern Haiti Mission Connection

If you would like to give before June 12 you may do so here.

  • Clergy Session (private stream) - June 11, 10 a.m.
  • 2021 Annual Conference - June 12, 10 a.m.
  • Ordering of Ministry Services June 19
          Commissioning Service - 10 a.m.
          Ordination Service - 2 p.m.

Complete details on the Annual Conference can be found here at WNCCUMC.ORG


Harry Denman Evangelism Award

Visit for an in-depth look and explanation of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. 

Completed nomination forms should be sent by May 17, 2021 to:

The Office of Church Development
P.O. Box 2757 
Huntersville, NC 28070

Or you may email the forms to Candy Caron at:

Download Registration Form Here



Registration Still Open for Live with Chris Singleton, May 2nd
(Registration Closes at 1:59pm, May 2nd)

The Blue Ridge District, in partnership with Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, President and Lead Coach of WaterRock Institute, is excited to host Chris Singleton at 2pm on May 2nd, live online via Zoom. We hope you will join us as we hear from and enter into conversation with Chris who is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. 

Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate."

Please register here for this event. (A zoom link will be sent upon confirmation of your registration). 


Support for Ongoing Live Streaming

As congregations begin to move back to varying levels of in-person worship, some are finding live streaming of worship services to be an ongoing need and desire for connection. If your congregation is moving toward a permanent solution for live-streaming, the Blue Ridge District would like to help you navigate this new terrain by providing grant money toward consultation and education in purchasing, setting up, and running live-stream equipment.

The Blue Ridge District will partner with participating congregations by providing $300 of a $400 consultation fee which will include:

  • An in-person consultation to assess your needs and budget
  • A presentation of customized options
  • Assistance in choosing the appropriate equipment
  • On-site installation and training

If you would like to participate, and are willing to invest $100 toward a consultant, please email Shonnie ( and she will help you get started.


Faith into Action: Advocating for Children in NC!

Join us from 1-2 p.m. on May 6th for Faith into Action: Advocating for Children in NC! The Western NC Child Advocacy Network, Congregations4Children (WNCCUMC), and NC Child will share their experience and expertise related to child advocacy.

This one-hour virtual session will include:

  • An overview and explanation of legislative process in NC
  • Current status and needs regarding funding for child and family programs
  • Steps to activate congregations and community partners

More information and registration can be found here.


Mustard Seed Migration Grant

The Mustard Seed Migration Grants, inspired by the well-known parable about growth, will provide 50 congregations with up to $2,000 in funding to support one-time, community-based service projects assisting refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented persons and migrants of all types in their own cities and towns.

Because only 50 grants will be awarded, this is a competitive process, and not all applicants will receive grants. Completed applications are due by Sunday, May 16, 2021. Grant recipients will receive an award notification on June 1, 2021. Approved grant activities may begin as early as June 15 and end as late as December 15. Grant recipients must submit a final report upon completion of their project.

For more information about the Mustard Seed Migration grants or to complete an application, visit


ReConnecting Our Faith & Community Conference

NC State's Institute for Emerging Issues is inviting rural faith leaders and partners to their free, virtual ReConnecting Our Faith & Community Conference on May 11th, 18th, and 25th
With sessions designed by faith leaders and for faith leaders, this is a gathering to process this past year and to plan for deeper and more equitable community partnerships as we weather all the changes the pandemic is still bringing rural communities. Clergy, laity, and community partners of all faiths are encouraged to attend. 
Attend one session or all three days-  View the agenda and register for free today


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