United Methodist Special Sunday Collections
When we give from the heart, we receive unexpected blessings—especially the joy of making a difference in someone’s life. The United Methodist Church has six annual opportunities to share offerings beyond our regular gifts through churchwide Special Sundays.
The General Conference created the six unique Special Sundays listed below to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more.
Human Relations Day
The Human Relations Day offering is used to strengthen United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico that encourage social justice and work with at-risk youth. Priortiy areas for funding include:
- Community developers that work in racial- and ethnic-minority communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
- Multiracial grassroots social-justice organizations related to United Methodist Voluntary Services that provide vital outreach
- Christ-centered youth offender rehabilitation projects that give teenagers a chance to succeed
One Great Hour of Sharing
Necessities of life include food, shelter and clothing. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering makes those necessities a reality by sharing the goodness of life with those who hurt. When a catastrophe occurs, UMCOR uses One Great of Sharing offerings to reach out and ease the pain and suffering by providing humanitarian aid of food, shelter, health and peace. You can continue to share God’s love with those in need by giving online to One Great Hour of Sharing. God calls us to be the hands, heart and hope of the church for people who are suffering. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing, we enable the church to answer that call.
Native American Ministries Sunday
On Native American Ministries Sunday, United Methodist’s support urban missions with Native Americans and fund scholarships for Native American seminarians. The annual conference retains 50 percent of this offering to develop Native American ministries. However, if no Native American ministries exist in the conference, the entire offering is remitted to the General Council on Finance and Administration for Native American ministries in other areas. The remaining 50 percent of the offering expands mission work with the Native American Urban Initiative and provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist and other approved schools of theology.
World Communion Sunday
Through the World Communion Sunday offering, we can make a difference for the future by funding scholarships for U.S. (racial- and ethnic-minority) and international students. These scholarships enable people from around the world to serve and lead in their home churches and communities by making higher education a reality. Ethnic scholarship recipients use the scholarships to study in a wide variety of fields including family pastoral care, Christian-Muslim relations, clinical psychology, peace and governance, crop production, and law. Fifty percent of the offering goes to World Communion Scholarships of the General Board of Global Ministries. This program provides scholarships for students of mission partner institutions in advanced studies (master’s or doctoral) preparing them for leadership in church and society. Priority areas of mission include elimination of poverty, expansion of global health, leadership, and congregational development.
United Methodist Student Day
For many United Methodist students, the continuous increase in college tuition places an enormous financial burden that many cannot assume. However, through the United Methodist Student Day offering, we can prepare students to unite faith with knowledge. Each year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry uses this offering to award scholarships and loans to students attending United Methodist and other accredited colleges and universities. In addition, a portion of the United Methodist Student Day offering is returned to annual conferences for merit scholarship awards to students of their choosing.
Peace with Justice Sunday
Poverty and violence need not be a reality in the world today. Peace with Justice Sunday aims to witness to God’s hope for a faithful, loving world. Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world. For example, in 2007 Peace with Justice grants were given to a shelter that provide a safe place for single women and families, and then helps them to obtain housing. Another grant benefited the Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in the West Congo Annual Conference to help participants understand the judicial system and train church leaders in conflict management. Half of the offering is remitted to the General Board of Church and Society to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education and advocacy.