Christian Ed grants grow faith
| Christian Ed Sunday
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During the past year, many churches have benefited from a Christian Education grant. The monies distributed by the conference, and available only because of the generous contribution of your congregations to the Christian Education Sunday offering, have helped to ignite a wide variety of ministries across our conference.
Berrien Springs collaborated with Niles UMC to start a new faith based drama outreach in the community. The grant they received will allow them to help low income children participate in a production of Godspell.
St Paul’s UMC in Lawton used their grant to help start a structured Sunday school class, and a new youth group for their growing number of children.
A Christian Education grant for Aldersgate UMC meant that they could fund their growing nursery and early elementary programs.
First UMC of Mt Pleasant will be using their grant to help fund their after school Kids’ Club, an outreach into the community which will serve over 25 children this year.
Battle Creek First UMC was able to offer a summer enrichment program focusing on language arts and mathematics for special needs and non-native English students.
The UMVIM team that traveled from Michigan to Africa University earlier this year were also the recipients of a CE grant, which assisted to educate them in becoming leaders in the church and in mission.
So many varied and vital ministries could not have taken place without the benefit of a Christian Education grant. What would you do as a recipient?
As we begin a new season in Christian Education, please prayerfully consider taking up a Christian Education offering, so that your church can be part of growing God’s kingdom in this arena. Although the designated date for CE Sunday is September 9th, your congregation may celebrate this vital ministry and take up an offering at any time.
~ reported by Glenys Nellist,Conference Coordinator of Children’s Ministry. Visit Glenys' blog, "Kids' Ministry Matters."