The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 33.500 members and friends living in 16 countries (you can find a map here), celebrating worship services in more than 20 languages and share God’s love in even more languages and expressions.
On this website you will learn more about this unique part of the worldwide family of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Dr. Patrick Streiff
A week after the beginning of the lockdown in March last year, I had planned a trip to Romania. I wanted to visit the communities there again. But things turned out differently. I postponed the trip until after the Annual Conference Bulgaria-Romania in September 2020. I was able to travel to Bulgaria, but in Romania the second Covid-19 wave had already started. Again, nothing. At the end of March 2021, it was still unthinkable to hold an Annual Conference for the two countries. But a few days ago, I returned from Romania.
My wife and I visited the churches there. For her it was the first visit to this country. For me, places and people were familiar. And yet, how much has changed since my last visit! And how much more beautiful and motivating it is to sit together at a table and exchange with each other than to only see and hear each other digitally on a screen. Being able to meet physically makes everything different.
One community took over the running of an orphanage last year after social services had threatened to close and distribute the orphans because the home had been so poorly run. We have witnessed the joy and gratitude of the children and teenagers who for the first time feel truly loved and valued. They came to church on Sunday, even though a year ago they said they would never believe in God.
In a Roma community a few years ago, I stood with the Connexio board on a piece of land they had newly bought. They dreamed of building a community center with a church hall there. Now we have entered the shell of the building and marveled at how much has already become possible. And since the beginning of July, the UMC in the nearby city has been able to take over the hotel in which they had previously rented a worship room. They will continue to run it on their own as a community center and small hotel. A long-standing vision has come true. It is wonderful to see what God is creating in and with committed Christians! Everything can become different.
Bishop Patrick Streiff
On June 27, 2021, a long-held dream of the «Way of Faith» UMC in Cluj-Napoca came true, when there was the official celebration and blessing of the new Campus Community Center.
The call from Jeremiah to promote the welfare of the city serves as a life motto for the now-retired Hungarian pastor István Csernák. His service spanned more than four decades. In that time, he saw his country transition out of communism and toward a representative democracy. At the same time, his Church transitioned from one of reclusive worship to one able to openly share the Gospel of Christ.
Due to continuing restrictions, this year's meeting of Switzerland-France-North Africa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church took place in a hybrid format - about 100 people were present in Thun (Switzerland); the remaining members participated online.
Of course, one can always look at what is NOT possible. But no one is forced to do so....