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Special Sundays

Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church are intended to illustrate the nature and calling of the church and are celebrated annually. Special Sundays are placed on the calendar in the context of the Christian year, which is designed to make clear the calling of the church as the people of God, and to give persons the opportunity to contribute offerings to special programs. Your support is critical to the survival of these important ministries (listed below) and for sharing God’s gifts around the world.

Six General Conference-approved Special Sundays with offerings are listed in boldface type. Special Sundays, or time periods, with Virginia Conference-approved offerings are marked with an asterisk (*). Other times of special recognition approved by the General Conference and/or Virginia Conference are also listed.


Men’s Ministry Sunday (any Sunday in the year)

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Awareness Sunday
(any Sunday in the year)


January 14
Human Relations Day (Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday observance)

The month of FebruaryHeart Havens, Inc., Month *

February 4Disability Awareness Sunday (First Sunday in February)

March 10UMCOR Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

April 14Native American Ministries Sunday (Third Sunday of Easter)

May 5 – Older Adult Recognition Sunday (First Sunday in May)

May 12 – June 16 – Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Samaritan Program Offering * (Pinnacle Living)

May 26 – Heritage Sunday (Sunday on or preceding Aldersgate Day, May 24)

The month of June – Virginia Annual Conference Offering * – National Hunger Awareness Day recognition during Worship (Any Sunday in June)

The month of September
Christian Education Sunday (Any Sunday in September)

October 1World Communion Sunday (First Sunday in October)

October 8Children’s Sabbath (Second Sunday in October or any time during the year)

October 15 Laity Sunday (Third Sunday in October)

November 12Organ and Tissue Donor Sunday (Second Sunday in November)

November 26United Methodist Student Day (Last Sunday in November)

The month of DecemberUMFS of Virginia Month*


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