Special Days: Special Offerings and Educational Pieces

The United Methodist Church lifts up Six Special Sundays across the connection**. These are times to learn more about the global church and to take special offerings.  Pew cards, giving envelopes and special liturgies are available from UMC Gives. Follow this link for more.

Additional resources including worship materials, sermon starters and Social Media images are available for download here.

The Special Sunday Planning Calendar is a great tool for local churches to use - it features ideas and links for your planning team. Download and share!

In addition, the West Virginia Conference commends the churches across West Virginia and Garrett County Maryland to lift up and celebrate the following special Sundays.

Special offerings should be submitted by the local church treasurer.

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JANUARY, FEBRUARY and MARCH 2022

**Human Relations Day [OFFERING] – January 16, 2022 - Supports programs for community developers, voluntary services, and police/community relations.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday [OFFERING] – January 23, 2022 – Supports Burlington Family Services for adoption support services. Learn more about the work of Burlington here. 

BMCR Sunday [OFFERING] – February 6, 2022 - Support the vital ministry of Black Methodists for Church Renewal. 50% of the offering goes to the National unit and 50% remains in WV.

UMVIM Awareness Day – On or about February 20, 2022 – Informs and educates about Conference Volunteers in Mission. Learn more about Volunteers in Mission. 

Disability Awareness Sunday {OFFERING} – March 6, 2022 – Supports the work of Disabilities Ministries in the Annual Conference.

**UMCOR Sunday [OFFERING] – March 27, 2022 – Supports the work of United Methodist Committee on Relief. This is the only time when offerings are used to support the administrative work of UMCOR. Learn more about the work of UMCOR here.

APRIL, MAY and JUNE 2022

Golden Cross Sunday [OFFERING] – April 10, 2022, all fifth Sundays, and any Sunday in Lent– Supports the health and welfare agencies in the Annual Conference. Learn more about the health and welfare agencies here. 

**Native American Awareness Sunday [OFFERING] – May 1, 2022 - Supports ministries with Native Americans and provides scholarships for Native Americans attending seminary.

United Methodist Foundation Sunday – May 15, 2022 – Informs and educates about the work of the Conference Foundation and opportunities for giving. Follow this link for the UM Foundation of West Virginia. 

Heritage Sunday - May 22, 2022 - Celebrates the history of our denomination and brings attention to WV Conference historical sites.

**Peace with Justice Sunday [OFFERING] – June 12, 2022 – Supports peace with justice ministries through the General Board of Church and Society and the Annual Conference.

JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2022

Hunger and Poverty in WV Sunday [OFFERING] – July 10, 2022 – Provide awareness and supports the Hunger Grant program administered through the Global Ministries Team.

Campus Ministry Sunday [OFFERING] – August 7, 2022 – Supports the work of the WV Conference Student Movement and campus ministry units.

Rural Life Sunday – September 4, 2022 – Informs and educates about the importance of ministry in rural life.

Christian Education Sunday [OFFERING] September 11, 2022 - Provides resources for Christian Education Ministries.

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2022

**World Communion Sunday [OFFERING] – October 2, 2022 – Supports scholarships for ethnic students through the General Church Offi ce of Loans and Scholarships.

Children’s Sabbath Sunday – October 16, 2022 – Celebrates children and encourages everyone to be in prayer for childrenliving in poverty throughout the world.

Undie Sunday – October 16, 2022 – Collects new underwear for distribution to clothing closets of our conference mission projects.

Laity Sunday – October 16, 2022 – Celebrates and emphasizes the ministry of all baptized persons and lay ministries.

Ministry Exploration Sunday – October 23, 2022 – Encourages people to consider fulltime Christian ministry.

Day of Remembrance [OFFERING] – October 30, 2022 – This year the Board of Pensions honors those who have given their lives in service to God’s people by designating this offering to support the work of the Ministerial Education Fund.

Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Sunday – November 13, 2022 – Informs and educates about the importance of donating organs and tissue.

**United Methodist Student Day – [OFFERING] November 27, 2022 – Supports scholarships and loans for students administered through the General Church Office of Loans and Scholarships.

World AIDS Day – December 1, 2022 – as recommended by Global Ministries Team.