December 2021


December 2021

Welcome to Inside NYAC a new digital publication designed to enhance our ability to regularly engage with current information, offer resources, updates, and more. Enjoy and please send your stories and ideas for upcoming issues to

A Christmas Message from Bishop Bickerton

Watch as Bishop Bickerton shares his hopes, prayers, and love for all of you in this year's Christmas message.

Both the video and audio files are available for download> 

Need to Know News...

UMC Reaches Settlement in Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Case

Negotiators for The United Methodist Church have reached a settlement for the denomination to pay $30 million as part of the BSA reorganization plan. Read the UM News article on the settlement>

New COVID Update Issued to the NYAC

The sudden and significant rise of the Delta and Omicron variants has given reason to yet again be concerned about the health and safety of our people.  

In response, a new COVID update was issued this week> 

At the 2021 Fall meeting, the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops overwhelmingly approved a narrative that provides a framework and begins illuminating a path for the continuing UMC.  

Watch and download the Narrative read by NYAC Clergy and Laity>

Register for 2022 Sexual Ethics and Boundaries Training

Attendance at the annual Sexual Ethics and Boundaries Training is mandatory for all NYAC clergy. It is also highly recommended that all laity, particularly those who are in leadership positions,  attend each year as well.  Register today>

NYAC Camp Registration Opens in January

Summer camp is right around the corner and United Methodist youth and families are invited to learn more about our NYAC Camping and Retreat Ministries. Registration opens for programs at all NYAC camps (Olmsted, Kingswood and Quinipet) next month. Kingswood's Winter Youth Retreat will be held February 22-27 in the cozy, heated farmhouse. 

Learn more>

Stress and Clergy Self- Care: Eight Ways to Set Necessary Boundaries   

Data from Wespath's 2021 Clergy Well-Being Survey shows the need to prioritize self-care. Dorothea (Thea) Crites, an ordained United Methodist minister and pastoral psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience explains ,"we all need serious self-care, especially being in the helping profession. But helpers tend to not see that they need help.”  

Start your self-care journey>

Listen to Bishop Bickerton's Reflection from the "2021 NYAC Clergy Gathering for Rest, Respite & Connection" event >


Missionary Covenant Support: How to Help

One lesser known connection point for United Methodist Church congregations is to covenant with a missionary. 

Rebecca Parsons explains how your congregation can support our NYAC missionaries>

In the News

Retired pastor, Rev. John E. Capen, 84, competed in the recent 2021 TCS New York City Marathon. Capen, who has run in more than 150 marathons, says lessons you learn in running marathons can be applied to life. Read more here>

The NYAC Lower Hudson Valley Cooperative Parish (First UMC, Asbury UMC, New Rochelle UMC, and Trinity UMC)recently teamed up with Interfaith Prison Partnership—an ecumenical clearinghouse and think tank on prison issues—to assemble "Release Bags" for formerly incarcerated women to provide a network of care as they transition back into society. 

 Watch a report about this collaborative ministry from News12 >

Rev. Jeremiah Paul won season two of NBC's “The Voice and was the recipient of 2005 and 2006 Recording Academy Grammy Nominations for Best Duo R&B Performance. 

Today Rev. Paul uses his unique gifts to bless and minister at Hamden Plains United Methodist Church and beyond. 

Read Rev. Paul's profile in the New Haven Independent>

About eight months ago, recently-retired Pastor of North Fork United Methodist Church (NFUMC) Pastor, Rev. Tom MacLeod, made a connection that led to the recent merger that brought together The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry, operated by NFUMC, with the food pantry run by the newly renamed Center for Advocacy, Support and Transformation.  

Read about it in The Suffolk Times>

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