What’s New

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Summer is an amazing time for children to experience outdoor adventure and learn new activities like arts and crafts, drama, cooking, hiking and sports. It’s no different for children attending a summer camp organized by Grace United Methodist Church in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Rev. Grian Hollies-Maxwell

Drug addiction is real and is still on the rise. The community where my congregation Solomon Community Temple United Methodist Church is located in urban Milwaukee has experienced generations of crack addicts. Many crack addicts eventually land in prison. Through our prison and outreach ministries, my church is in ministry with them to break...

Monday, October 14, 2013

The second annual National “Above the Influence” Day will be observed on October 17 to celebrate youth who have steered away from alcohol and other drugs, as well as recognize the power of prevention efforts in local communities. The special observance...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

SPSARV is helping United Methodist churches to learn how to help our members who are afflicted with a substance abuse problem or who have a loved one with a problem.

Perhaps the best way to start is to learn all you can about Alcoholics Anonymous.

While there are many ways for substance abusers to become sober, perhaps the best...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In its new direction, SPSARV emphasizes that our United Methodist congregations are uniquely situated to be nurturing, supportive environments for individuals and family members who are impacted by substance abuse and addiction. 

More than a third of United Methodists have struggled with their own or a loved one’s substance...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs...'

Matthew 5:1-3 (The Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's never too early to start planning events for the annual National Drug Facts Week!

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), observed from Jan. 27 to  Feb. 2, 2014, is a great way for churches to connect teens with experts in the drug abuse field on a wide range of topics such as the science behind drug use, prescription drug abuse,...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jewell Meringer, Ed.S., SAFE Ministry Team Leader at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, FL and Executive Director of the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency, offers inspiration and steps for congregations to take in starting a recovery ministry.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Partnership at DrugFree.org will host the second annual National “Above the Influence” (ATI) Day on October 17, 2013.  Taking place during National Substance Abuse...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

During SPSARV’s African Task Force (ATF) training in Monrovia, Liberia, members explored addiction’s impact on the family and ways the church can offer support to families with a loved one battling substance abuse.

Pauline Lumungandji, an ATF representative from the Democratic Republic of Congo Central Conference, shared...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

This month, SPSARV will join thousands of others from across the U.S. in observing National Recovery Month to heighten awareness about substance abuse and celebrate individuals in recovery.

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness”....

Thursday, August 29, 2013

SPSARV’s African Task Force (ATF), representatives of the United Methodist Episcopal Areas in Africa, gathered from August 14 -18, in Monrovia, Liberia, for a training on developing congregational recovery  ministries and to set quadrennial goals on forging a shared vision for recovery ministries on the African continent.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Several years ago, Jewell Meringer noticed dramatic changes in her grandson’s behavior. A once cheerful, outgoing and gifted student and athlete, he was slowly becoming quiet and irritable, and his grades began slipping.

Meringer soon discovered that her grandson was struggling with an alcohol and drug addiction. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SPSARV’s HadEnough initiative officially launched on July 10 a new, easy-to-navigate microsite, which is housed on the website of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

HadEnough is a dynamic global...

Monday, July 1, 2013

SPSARV is excited about working closer with congregations to equip church leaders with the tools and skills to respond compassionately, but appropriately, to those individuals and families impacted by alcohol and other drugs addiction. Please complete a brief survey on your congregation's response to substance abuse.

Your responses...

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