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Children in Poverty

Four local churches from Holston have been awarded $20,000 in grants from the denomination's task force on children and poverty.

Broad Street United Methodist Church (Cleveland District), Jellico (Oak Ridge), Saint Luke (Chattanooga), and Mosheim Central (Morristown) each received $5,000 for creative ministries for children. The four congregations were among 30 in the entire denomination recently selected by the Bishops' Initiative on Children and Poverty Task Force.

All of the ministries receiving grants were inspired by Bible studies initiated by the Council of Bishops in 1996. In Holston, congregations participated in a "Seeing Through Kingdom Eyes" Bible study program in 1999.

Last fall, congregations across the denomination were encouraged to apply for funds for their new children's ministries.

Of 14 applications received from Holston churches, conference leaders were only allowed to submit five to the national task force. Four of Holston's five applicants were selected to receive grants.

"All of the programs from Holston were really worthwhile," said Anne Travis, Holston director of connectional ministries, "so having to choose five was tough."

Broad Street UMC received grant money for a new program that will teach English to the immigrant parents of children in its existing after-school program. Jellico received funding to provide school supplies for underprivileged children in its community.

Mosheim Central's grant will help supply clothing to needy people who previously had no community outreach available. St. Luke's grant will be used for an after-school arts program.

In a 2001 report based on surveys of Holston churches participating in the "Kingdom Eyes" program, Children's Coordinator Claudia Howard commended congregations for seeking innovative ways to connect with children in poverty. "Many [congregations have] traditional settings and programs that are needed and helpful," she stated. "I believe in order to reach more children for Christ we must look for non-traditional settings as well."

Travis said she was "excited" for the four Holston churches that were notified of their grants in February. "It's such a good example of general church apportionment dollars flowing back into the Holston Conference."

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