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Congregational Resources

Mary’s Advent

This one-session study looks at the birth of Jesus from the perspective of Mary as a young, poor, and pregnant woman who had no access to health care. It also connects her story to the millions of women who continue to struggle to have healthy births today.

Mother’s Day Worship Guide

This worship resource was created to help you plan a Mother’s Day church service focused on maternal health.  The guide includes a section on mothers of the bible, relevant hymns and prayers and provides key facts to share with your congregation about global maternal health.

Adult Education Template

This guide provides ideas and a sample structure for putting together an adult education class focused on maternal health and family planning. It can be adapted for any congregation or community group.

An Act of Mercy…

This resource provides instructions for assembling UMCOR birthing kits as well as writing letters to elected officials, advocating for better funding and policies for programs that support maternal health globally.

Maternal Health Panel Discussion Guide

This step by step guide will help you to facilitate a panel discussion about maternal health in your community.  This resource includes a sample schedule, topic ideas and tips on how to promote your event.

No Woman, No Cry Screening Guide

Designed for an adult education class or small group gathering, this resource provides an outline for viewing as well as thoughtful questions for group discussion.

HFHP Leader’s Guide

The companion piece to the DVD “Called to Action: Building a Movement for Global Maternal Health,” this leader’s guide provides instructions for group advocacy training and discussion.

Letter Writing Guide

This resource includes information about how to organize a letter writing event, sample letter templates, and key facts to include when advocating for international family planning.

Fact Sheets

Men and Reproductive Health

Citing Scripture and tradition, this resource articulates why engaging men and boys is critical to improving maternal and child health.

Overview of Family Planning Methods

This factsheet defines what family planning is and describes the various methods that can be used, including details on effectiveness, risks, and benefits associated with each one.

Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information about the connections between reproductive health and HIV/AIDS and our response to these issues as United Methodists.

What the UMC Says about Family Planning

This one page fact sheet highlights United Methodist Social Principles and Resolutions in support of family planning.