We give because God first gave to us. One way we express our gratitude is through six special denominational Sunday offerings each year. They are received for various ministries and recommended for certain times of the year, although they can be received at any time.
Learn more about Special Sundays and how the funds collected for them are used.
Human Relations Day Sunday, is usually received on the Sunday before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It helps support outreach to people living on the margins of society in communities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Download pastor and leader resources.
UMCOR Sunday, formerly One Great Hour of Sharing, is usually received during Lent. It enables the United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR) to reach out and ease pain and suffering by providing humanitarian aid after disasters. This offering covers administrative expenses so that 100 percent of donations given to particular UMCOR projects and appeals can go directly to them. Download pastor and leader resources.
Native American Ministry Sunday (NAMS), is usually received third Sunday after Easter, nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. Download pastor and leader resources.
Peace with Justice Sunday, is usually received first Sunday after Pentecost, enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. Download pastor and leader resources.
World Communion Sunday, is usually received first Sunday in October, provides scholarships for U.S. racial-and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Download pastor and leader resources.
United Methodist Student Day, is usually received Last Sunday of November, furnishes scholarships and loans for student attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. Download pastor and leader resources.
Human Relations Day Sunday: January 19, 2020
UMCOR Sunday: March 14, 2020
Native American Ministries Sunday: April 18, 2021
Peace with Justice Sunday: May 30, 2021
World Communion Sunday: October 3, 2021
United Methodist Student Day: November 28, 2021
Human Relations Day Sunday: January 16, 2022
UMCOR Sunday: March 27, 2022
Native American Ministries Sunday: May 1, 2022
Peace with Justice Sunday: June 12, 2022
World Communion Sunday: October 2, 2022
United Methodist Student Day: November 27, 2022
In addition to the special offerings listed above, Bishops’ Appeals are occasionally made by the United Methodist Council of Bishops, typically in response to a national or international disaster.
The Love Offering is also collected each year within Minnesota United Methodist churches and delivered to annual conference session. It benefits international, national, and Minnesota missions. The conference Mission Promotion Team determines the annual recipients.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church