First United Methodist Church of Port Orange, FL – Ocean Baptism on 29 May 2016

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– First United Methodist Church of Port Orange, FL conducted a baptism in the ocean on Sunday, 29 May 2016.

Video by Ken English,

Big Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta Petition to Congress

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This Inside the Vaults video short tells the story of the African-American congregation of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta, who petitioned the U.S. Congress for compensation after the Civil War. The church was burned to the ground during the Civil War by Union troops under General William Tecumseh Sherman’s command. Their seven-page petition, in the legislative holdings at the National Archives, is a heartfelt narrative of the church’s history and includes 234 signatures of free blacks and former slaves who were members of the congregation. The claim was presented to Congress on February 14, 1866, but the name of the church that appears in the petition is found nowhere else in the federal claims records. National Archives Senior Archivist Reginald Washington used the National Archives holdings to discover that the church never received compensation and that it still exists today as Big Bethel Church.

Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at

NFMHS Chorus & Grace Church Choir Christmas Cantata 2014

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The North Fort Myers High School Chorus and the Grace Church Sanctuary Choir present, “Christmas Cantata 2014.” Relive this amazing night of music!

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Hard copy DVDs are available BY REQUEST ONLY at the Grace Church office. DVDs are free of charge, but donations of any amount are accepted. Call 239.574.7161 to request your DVD.

Grace Church
Cape Coral – Fort Myers, FL

Nicolas Haigh Organ Concert at Myers Park United Methodist Church

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The American Guild of Organists, Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter, conclude the 2017 Summer Recital Series with this concert. Prize-winning organist Nicolas Haigh has held positions at New College, Oxford, and York Minster. While in Oxford, he served as organist of the city church, St. Michael at the North Gate, and he frequently accompanied the choir of men and boys at Christ Church Cathedral. He is a recipient of the coveted Limpus Prize from the Royal College of Organists and recently performed in the St Alban’s International Organ Festival. He was a student at Clare College, University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in musicology and held the Sir William McKie Organ Scholarship. Nicolas’ teachers have included Malcolm Archer, Clive Driskill-Smith, James McVinnie, and Jonathan Moyer. He moved to Cleveland, OH, to pursue doctoral studies in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University.
He has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St John’s, Smith Square, Coventry Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral (Belfast), and Liverpool Cathedral. He also performed regularly as both a soloist and accompanist on national radio in the United States and the United Kingdom, accompanying choirs on Choral Evensong and In Tune (BBC Radio 3), as well as on Sunday Worship (BBC Radio 4). He can be heard as an organist on the CD Veni Emmanuel (Harmonia Mundi USA), and as a singer on Imogen Holst: Choral Works (Harmonia Mundi USA), and A Tudor Christmas.
Education: Fellow of Royal College of Organists, Bachelor of Arts in Musicology, Clare College, University of Cambridge (UK)
Previous Positions: York Minster (UK), New College, Oxford (UK), St. Michael at North Gate, Oxford (UK). His hometown is Reading, England

Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Bach Soloists, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Apollo’s Fire. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge. Ms. Carpenter Haigh holds the M.Mus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Clare College and studied conducting with Stephen Layton. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degrees in voice (B.M.) and organ (B.A.). Whilst at UNC-Greensboro, she served as assistant chorus-master to the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus and was selected as a conducting fellow at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University where she studied with Ellen Hargis and Aaron Sheehan.

The Myers Park UMC Aeolian-Skinner Organ (Opus 1121, 1947 III/60) with pipe and digital additions by Angerstein & Associates in 1996 which enlarged the organ to IV/81.

Methodist Church honours Mandela family, 22 July 2018

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As part of the Mandela Centenary the Methodist Church in Orlando East is honouring the Mandela family with prayer service. This as Madiba was firmly grounded in that congregation.

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Easter 2009, Hallelujah Chorus, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed by the Atlanta St. Mark United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Brass ensemble, and timpani for Easter 2009.

Sandwiching in History August 2015: Oak Forest United Methodist Church

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Built in 1949, the Oak Forest Methodist Church was designed by Little Rock architect John Parks Almand. The distinctive stone building features elements of the Gothic Revival style as well as a Mission-style parapet and bell tower.

It is located at 2415 Fair Park Boulevard, Little Rock.

First-Timer Church Experience at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston, TX

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In this video, I’ll share with you things this church could have done better to welcome us as first-time visitors!


1. Be consistent in your church name branding.

2. Be found online in a Google search.

3. Have a visitor focus on website.

– Homepage should cater to visitors.

– Have a visitor section on website.

– Access from homepage, drop-down and/or About Us page.

– Include helpful information about what to expect.

– If necessary, include a church map on where to park, enter, and go for service(s).

4. Have church greeters.

– Teach greeters to engage visitors in conversation, including telling about church.

– Show, don’t just tell visitors where to go.

– Have greeters standing by to either replace first person helping a visitor or to take visitors under their wing to engage, escort, and enhance the visitor’s experience.

5. Have an information desk.

– Register first-time visitors.

– Give gift bag, large enough to not fit in purse to be hidden.

6. Teach members to keep watch and welcome visitors they see carrying welcome bags.

7. Include a Welcome Time during worship.

– Do Welcome Time every Sunday.

– Do not rush through Welcome Time.

– Find someone you don’t know.

– Find a visitor (with a bag) and make them feel welcome.

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