The General Board of Global Ministries is extending an invitation to United Methodist churches and annual conferences to participate in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Awareness Sunday. This new celebration Sunday offers an opportunity to recognize volunteers who offer their time, talents and abilities to serve others.

“UMVIM volunteers are engaged in God’s mission,” said Una Jones, Director of Mission Volunteers at Global Ministries. “This ministry stretches them to be in relationship with the partners they serve. Both the recipient and the volunteers learn so much from each other. This is a great reason to celebrate!”

The 2016 General Conference approved UMVIM Awareness Sunday as a time to recognize the ministry of “those who have served in short- and long-term missions and the work of UMVIM throughout the world.” (The 2016 Book of Discipline, paragraph 265.5). UMVIM Awareness Sunday is an annual celebration held on a date determined by local churches or annual conferences. Laity Sunday, on October 15, 2017, is a suggested date to hold the event. Read story.