Welcoming is a lifestyle of caring and sharing. United Methodist Communications just released an updated Welcoming Training and Planning Handbook. The handbook and a DVD of video clips to support the training is available from United Methodist Communications' website, www.umcom.org.
To legally show commercial DVDs of popular motion pictures or educational cartoons, whether just a few seconds to illustrate a point in a sermon or an entire movie at a youth lock-in, churches must have special permission to show the video. Some videos, such as those found in the Kansas Area Resource Center, come with public performance rights. But if you've rented, borrowed or purchased a cartoon or movie, your church may need to invest in a Christian Video License to avoid large fines for violating the 1976 Copyright Act.