United Methodist - Special Sunday Offerings

Special Sundays are designated Sundays each year that deepen the connection between the local church and ministries on a global scale. On each unique Sunday, individuals and congregations are encouraged to give to support the church’s collective work with a special offering. This includes efforts to:

  • Alleviate human suffering
  • Engage in social justice
  • Strengthen Native American ministries
  • Provide scholarships for higher education

Both digital and print resources are available for use in your local church to encourage participation in Special Sunday offerings. Resources include bulletin inserts, pew cards, pastor/leader resources for all age groups, graphics, devotions and more. Available in English, Spanish, Korean and French.


Human Relations Day - (The Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr's birthday)
To further the development of human relations.  The offering funds Community Developers, Voluntary Services and Youth Offender Rehabilitation.

UMCOR Sunday - (The fourth Sunday in Lent)
Sharing the goodness of life with those who hurt.  The offering funds mission programs of relief, rehabilitation and service through UMCOR.

Native American Ministries Sunday - (The second Sunday after Easter)
To recognize the contributions of Native Americans to society.  The offering funds Native American ministries, Urban Initiative and seminary scholarships.

Peace with Justice Sunday (The first Sunday after Pentecost)
To call the church to action for peace with justice.  The offering funds annual conference and General Board of Church and Society ministries.
Conference Peace with Justice Web page

World Communion Sunday (The first Sunday in October)
To call the church to be universal and inclusive.  The offering funds Crusade and Ethnic scholarships and Ethnic In-Service Training.

United Methodist Student Day (The last Sunday in November)
To call the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge.  The offering supports scholarships and loans.

Flo Waybright
Conference Secretary, Global Ministries

Michelle Schwartzman
Volunteers In Mission Coordinator