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World AIDS Day Dec. 1

As World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, approaches, I’m sure many of you are in the planning stages for how you might mark this day as a church family. I have included a link to a sample worship service for World AIDS Day/Advent 1: “There Will Be Signs: Worshiping Toward An AIDS-Free World.”.

World AIDS Day poster

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.

Feel free to use any or all of this resource and distribute it to anyone you know who might be interested.

I’ve included a lot of material with the worship service. This service, as is, would be well over an hour in length. I suggest using or adapting the pieces of this service that will work best in your ministerial context.

I also recommend reviewing information on the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund or appointing a lay leader to introduce the fund to the congregation. I would be happy to speak with the person who will be lifting up this ministry. I can also put you in touch with an "AIDS Ambassador" in your annual conference for information and support. AIDS.gov offers some simple, powerful, and engaging ways to tackle this issue at World AIDS Day.

The more informed members of your church are about HIV/AIDS and the powerful ways God is using the United Methodist connectional system to fight this disease, the more generous they will be.

As you will see from the links that I list within the body of the sample worship service, there are a lot of other worship resources to choose from in your planning.

I humbly offer this as another resource and pray that the God of hope would fill you with all joy and peace as you plan the Advent services for your congregation this year.

World AIDS Day Worship Service is available at 'There Will Be Signs: Worshiping Toward An AIDS-Free World'.

Editor's note: Amee Paparella is the Director & Organizer for Women’s Advocacy at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society.

Paparella supervises an HIV & AIDS Action Network that provides legislative updates, educational resources and identifies opportunities to act on issues. She issues “action alerts” periodically through email. Joining the HIV & AIDS Action Network is free: contact Donna Brandyberry, (202) 488-5641.

Paparella also supervises an “Action Network” that provides legislative updates, educational resources and identifies opportunities to act on women’s issues. She periodically sends out action alerts through e-mail on such topics as domestic violence, population growth, women’s health, human trafficking, child marriage and child labor. Joining the Women’s & Children’s Action Network is free: contact Donna Brandyberry, (202) 488-5641.

Paparella can be reached at (202) 488-5631.

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