Bishop: In Search of a Can of Spray Paint


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton recently traveled to Puerto Rico with Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper to assess the needs there in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

A Christmas Message from Bishop Bickerton


Please click here to view the video on Facebook with a message from the bishop and the NYAC staff. Music by Vanderveer Park UMC singers and musicians, led by Raymond Trapp.

2018 Annual Conference Set for June 7-10


A memorandum from Bishop Bickerton announces that the 2018 Annual Conference will be held from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10.

Second Man Seeks Sanctuary at New Haven UMC


Just a week after one man left sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, a second Ecuadorean immigrant, Nelson Pinos Gonzalez, has taken refuge at the New Haven, Conn., church.

Puerto Rico Response – UMCOR Advance Response Team


We have seen the photos of destruction in Puerto Rico. We have read the statistics of homes and businesses affected. We have heard the complaints of delayed services and neglected persons and communities. What we don’t hear about often enough are the positive things that are happening in this recovery effort.

#GivingTuesday is Coming November 28!


On November 28, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Connect your passion with God’s mission as you give to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go. Visit and select from more than 600 UMC-related projects and more than 300 United Methodist ...

Protecting Your Congregation When the Unthinkable Happens


United Methodist Insurance, in an effort to help you provide a safe haven for your ministries, provides the following guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and in the event of an active shooter on the premises. Click here to access a downloadable pamphlet from the Department of Homeland Security. Your local law enforcement organization may also have information for your particular area.     In the event of an active shooter at your church, here is what you should do:  RUN...

Nov. 12-18: NYAC Week of Prayer for "Way Forward"


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton invites you to join him in a special week of prayer for the work of the Commission on the Way Forward starting Sunday, November 12. Throughout 2017, each of the United Methodist Church conferences around the world, have been praying during a designated week for the discernment, work, mission and members of the commission. He asks that on Sunday, all members of the New York Conference join together in prayer, and that each of the districts cover the six other days of...

Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work


The press release on the report that the Council of Bishops received from the Commission on a Way Forward.

5 years later, Sandy cleanup continues


“It’s about relationships and a ministry of care. It’s showing up and being there and letting people know they’re not alone.” – Rev. Tom Vencuss

NYAC's Trapp Named GC2020 Worship & Music Director


Raymond Trapp United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Raymond Trapp, Director of Music at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York, and New York Annual Conference Music Director for the past five years, has been named Worship and Music Director for the 2020 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. “Raymond will be responsible for developing the overall worship and ...

The cure for today’s drug crisis: Community


Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman, senior pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan, offers a perspective on the opioid epidemic in one of his "Faith Matters" reflections.

NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants


NYC Evacuee Service Center update The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at  the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan.

Marking 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy


This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy striking the tri-state area. Rev. Tom Vencuss takes a look back.

Journeys of Paul Cruise with Bishop Bickerton


Anyone who has dreamed about walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul will have the opportunity during a special cruise in October 2018 with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. The bishop will host the nine-day journey aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas,” in conjunction with Educational Opportunities Tours. Beginning and ending in Rome, the October 14-25 trip includes stops in Taormina and Pompeii, Italy; Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, and Corinth, Greece; and Ephesus, Turkey. There is also ...

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