The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 30.000 members and friends living in 13 countries (you can find a map here), celebrating worship services in about 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. Stefan Zürcher
The United Methodist Church in countries directly or indirectly neighboring to Ukraine is very active in the ministries with and for Ukrainian refugees. Here you can find regular update reports (in English language) on these activities and on the situation in the various countries.
What moves me
18 people from 10 countries of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe met in Budapest (Hungary) in mid-September. All of them are responsible for the ministries with children and youth in their home countries. Not least because of the Covid pandemic, this area of ministry had become somewhat quiet on a Central Conference level – too quiet. The goal of these days in the Hungarian capital was therefore to bring new momentum into the matter. Not only was there an enriching exchange of experiences and ideas, but new relationships were established, and old ones deepened. One participant from Romania said at the end: "It is so valuable for us to feel that there are other Methodists – and to be connected with each other." Several of those that were present emphasized how important it would be for them personally and for their young people, especially in the tense times in which we find ourselves, to be and remain an international Church, and to experience our diversity as enrichment for life and faith. I am very happy about this commitment to our unity across borders! It was a courageous and hopeful meeting for all.
I organized this meeting with great motivation, because young people are close to my heart. It's true, they are important for the future of our Church. But above all, they are part of the present. They and we together are the UMC – already now! It is the task of us older people to let them experience this by giving them space and responsibility in our local churches, by meeting them at eye level and shaping the Church together. This will be quite challenging for us older people now and then, because we have to change things. – Thank God! It is worth it.
That's what I told the youth leaders at the meeting, and also how grateful I am to them for their commitment and for helping to raise awareness of this in our Church in their countries.
Bishop Stefan Zürcher
Photo: Children and youth of the UMC in Poland
For many years, the Miss Stone Center in Strumica (North Macedonia) has been a beacon of charity and hope - despite all the challenges that keep coming up. and that demand a lot of strength from those in charge and the staff.
A storm that hit Serbia at the end of July 2023 caused extensive damage. The congregation of The United Methodist Church in Šid, which was also affected, did not stop at repairing the damage caused to its own church building.
This year's meeting of the Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in Poland was held in Katowice from June 2 to 4, 2023.
Western Ukraine has so far been largely spared from the warlike actions. Nevertheless, the consequences of the war are also being felt here. Many internally displaced people have sought refuge - and need help. A small hospital built by volunteers has become a crucial place of healing and hope for many.