The People of The CME Church
Dear CME Family:
The Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department is sharing virtual ministry resources for connectional members, local churches, Districts and Episcopal Districts to use through this season of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus.
View more virtual ministry resources and CIT services and training information here.
"CME CED Sunday School VIRTUAL Lesson Available for 5/24/2020"
We are pleased to share with you the success of our Virtual Church School as published by the CME Department of Christian Education & Formation. The CME CED Church School YouTube Channel Videos have been viewed well over 15,000 times since we created the YouTube Channel back in March of this year. As committed, we offer to you this week's Virtual Church School Lesson, "Do The Right Thing" with Guest Instructor, Rev. Lesha Agnew, CME Department of Christian Education and Nurture Assistant. We also welcome, Shea Thompson, C.M.E. Connectional Youth Council Vice President representing the Third Episcopal District, who offers this week's prayer. The lesson continues the Eastertide Celebration and proves to be a great compliment to your existing Christian Education curriculum.
CME Department of Christian Education & Formation YouTube Channel:
"CME CED Church School VIRTUAL Primary Lesson Available for 5/24/2020"
We are pleased to share with you the continued success of our newly added Virtual Church School as published by the CME Department of Christian Education & Formation. From the CME CED YouTube Channel, the video has been viewed over 15,000 times since its availability on March 20, 2020. Today, we introduce our newest resource---Virtual Church School Lesson Video for the Primary Class. This resource is exciting, innovative, age appropriate, and a compliment to the UMI Primary Street "Choosing Life" Lesson. The video may be utilized as a standalone for the young people to view by themselves, a teacher planning tool so that the lesson might be delivered in a ZOOM classroom, or even played in the ZOOM classroom with all the students watching. There are CME Certified Christian Educators across the Episcopal Districts ready to offer assistance and creative solutions in concert with what we have done and are doing. Even during this crisis, we must be concerned about the spiritual needs of our congregations in addition to their physical and health needs. We welcome your feedback as we seek to expand the resources from the Department of Christian Education & Formation.
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Special Notice: CYYAC20 Cancelled
Dear CME Family,
I greet you in the name of the One in whom we are formed and nurtured, Jesus the Christ. I am praying that you are in good health. The last several weeks have been a time of many things, but for me, the word “change” stands out.
The wise leadership of the College of Bishops has issued a call to cancel CYYAC20. I am in total agreement that at this time we cannot continue to plan for an event this summer with the looming presence of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Above all, our ultimate concern is the safety and well-being of our CME Church family and for all the people that we might have interaction.
The plan is to reschedule for the summer of 2021, however, at this point we do not have a date or contracted venue. As one who has planned CYYAC four previous times prior to CYYAC20, I am very aware of what must take place from this day forward. I even can anticipate the questions that you may have and there is no answer for them presently.
I ask of you to help me and the Department of Christian Education and Formation by giving us time, at least one month, to sort out where we go from here concerning CYYAC registrations, hotel reservations, dates, venues, etc. Emailing, texting, or calling me or the staff will not be very helpful. I promise you as we have communicated throughout the planning of CYYAC20, we will be just as diligent in our continual communication to you monthly.
It will not be helpful to call the hotel until you hear from the Department. Remember every entity in this country is working with minimum personnel. If there is a need for you to contact the hotel, the Department will communicate that to you.
The Department will continue to work diligently on behalf of you personally and the CME Church!
With the love of Christ,
Senior Bishop and Mrs. Lawrence Reddick and the Eighth Episcopal District will host the Eighth Annual CME Unity Summit and the 150th Anniversary of the CME Church Celebration along with the General Connectional Board Meeting, scheduled August 31-September 4, 2020 at the Sheraton Dallas located at 400 Olive Street in Dallas, TX. The theme for this year's Unity Summit is, "Christian Methodism Beyond One-Hundred Fifty Years: Trending Forward Propelled by the Great Commission."
The Unity Summit is scheduled for Monday, August 31, 2020 through Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The General Connectional Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020.
Register online here. The group room rate at the Sheraton Dallas is $129 plus 15.26% tax ($148.69) per night. The deadline date to reserve a hotel room is August 10, 2020. Please plan to register and reserve your room early!
A Commemorative Souvenir Journal is being prepared in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during the Eighth CME Unity Summit.
We invite individuals, local churches and ministries to submit an ad to appear in the Commemorative Historical Journal.
For this Commemorative Journal, we prefer your ad (s) to specifically be about how individual(s) within the CME Church have impacted you as a member, leader, etc. Your ad may promote your business, ministry, share a tribute or honor the memory of a loved one.
Sponsors will receive a complimentary Program and Souvenir Journal and their ads featured in digital formats throughout and after the event.
The deadline date to submit an ad is June 1, 2020. Submit your ad here.
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Welcome to the official Web site of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, administered by the Communication & Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Church, familiarly known as the CME Church, has a glorious and rich history! The CME Church was organized December 16, 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee by 41 former slave members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The CME Church is a branch of Wesleyan Methodism founded and organized by John Wesley in England in 1844 and established in America as the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784.
The CME Church celebrated its 149th anniversary on December 16, 2019.
The CME Church has more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations.
The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.
The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.