Translation Bible Study Begins on Sunday

What is involved in bringing our Bible from its ancient writing into our modern hands so we can enjoy it on our e-reader or even access it on our phone.  Which of the many different English versions of the Bible is the one I should be reading?  Why are there so many of them, why do they not all agree or use the same words?  Are some of them in error, and to be avoided?  Is there a ‘best’ among the list?

You’re invited to join us and explore these questions, and take a look at tools you can use at home for deeper study of Bible passages you find significant.  The class meets for four weeks starting on July 27th.  The class will meet in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM.

VBS Continues Tonight

Vacation Bible School continues tonight, Monday July 21, at 6pm. Come join in the fun! Make Up Monday Worship will not be held tonight but will resume on Monday, July 28th at 7:00pm

VBS: Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

WeirdAnimalsLogo_LRVacation Bible School is just around the corner, so be sure to mark your calendars and sign up your kids! VBS will be held Sunday, July 20, through Thursday, July 24 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

We’ll be using five different “weird” animals to teach us about Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love. The first 75 children who register are guaranteed five take-home science experiments, so don’t delay…register today!

We have programming available for potty-trained preschoolers through junior high, as well as adults. (Our high schoolers help with VBS.)

Sign up your child (and yourself!) one of three ways:

  1. Download the the sign-up form here, save it to your computer, fill it out on your computer, and then email it to
  2. Download the sign-up form using the above link, print it, use a pen to fill it out, and mail to to Downs United Methodist Church, PO Box 49, Downs, IL 61736. (Or just bring it to the church.)
  3. Pick up a sign-up form at church, use a pen to fill it out, and leave it in the church office, the offering plate during church service, or in the basket downstairs in the fellowship hall.

Questions? Send an email to or see Darla Lanchester or Leigh Hayes at church.

Monday Night Worship 7 PM

Our summer Monday Night Worship service begins tonight at 7 PM in the sanctuary.  It’s designed to be a place to worship for busy families and friends that may be traveling on Sundays.  The message on Monday Night will be the same as Sunday morning.  Our summer study is on the message of hope in the book of Revelation.  There will be no worship on Monday, July 21st but you can join in the fun of VBS.  Monday night worship will resume on Monday, July 28th.

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