Approved by delegates at the inaugural Tennessee-Western Kentucky (TWK) Annual Conference in June 2022, the second Sunday of September is ENCORE Ministry Sunday. While churches are encouraged to take a special offering on this day, also known secularly as Grandparents Day, congregations may take an offering any Sunday that’s more convenient.

Through your financial support, ENCORE Ministry is expanding older adult ministry throughout the TWK Conference, creating opportunities for:

  • Church accessibility (Bill and Lynn McAlilly Fund)
  • Spiritual fellowship
  • Access to quality nutrition, healthcare, housing, and transportation for older adults

All of this is this available to TWK churches through the ENCORE Ministry grant program.

The McAlilly Fund for Church Accessibility was established to honor the McAlillys’ service to the conference and acknowledge Bishop McAlilly’s 43-year career in ministry and his scheduled retirement in September 2024. The goal is to raise $250,000 for the fund. This year’s ENCORE Ministry Sunday offerings will support the McAlilly Fund.

ENCORE Ministry’s mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by providing resources and grants to local TWK churches for ministry by, with, and for older adults. This year, join us in making this mission a reality through your offering.

Whenever you choose to observe ENCORE Ministry Sunday, we thank you. Please send your offering to the conference treasurer. Or, to give online, click here. For more information, email

Now available!

These bulletin inserts briefly describe ENCORE Ministry Sunday. Download the format that works best for your printing or posting needs.

Half Sheet (2up): A full sheet that needs to be cut to create half-sheet bulletins.

Bulletin Insert 2up B&W

Bulletin Insert 2up Color

Cropped Lines: Set of marks that define a printed area and shows where to trim (used when sending to a printer)

Bulletin Insert with Crop Marks B&W

Bulletin Insert with Crop Marks Color

Full Bleed: Document that goes to all edges of the printed piece (commonly used for at-home printing)

Bulletin Insert Full Bleed B&W

Bulletin Insert Full Bleed Color

ENCORE Ministry Sunday Video

This 3-minute video (view above) gives an overview of ENCORE Ministry, the official older adult ministry of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky (TWK) Conference of The United Methodist Church, and ENCORE Ministry Sunday. A special offering supporting intentional ministry by, with, and for adults in the TWK Conference is taken on ENCORE Ministry Sunday – the second Sunday in  September each year or another Sunday of a church’s choosing. To view and download the video, go to Whenever your church downloads the video to use on the Sunday you choose to take a special offering for ENCORE Ministry, please save as “original” to maintain the highest quality.