Three ministries score Change for Children grants

By Annette Bender

Three Holston congregations were winners in the most recent round of Change for Children grants, and at least three more are likely to receive grants following an offering at Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska.

Ministries serving needy children received a total of $5,000 in grants after a review of 14 applications, according to Holston Missions Coordinator Bill Daugherty. Holston leaders are hopeful that a June 10 offering at Annual Conference will raise enough funds to aid other ministries, he said.

Church treasurers received special envelopes in May for the Change for Children offering. Representatives to Annual Conference are urged to take their offerings to the morning session on June 9. Half of Change for Children offerings is designated for needy children in Africa. The remaining half benefits needy kids in Holston through grants to local churches. Churches receiving grants last month include:

Emory UMC, Abingdon District – $2,500. The Emory & Henry Afternoon Academy helps ease the transition between elementary and middle school for children at nearby Glade Spring Middle School. The grant will be used to pay for transportation costs, curriculum, and snacks in the afterschool program.

Wesley House Community Center, Knoxville District – $1,500. Elementary children in the community centerÕs ÒFootprintsÓ program will receive new curriculum through the grant. ÒFootprintsÓ utilizes Bible characters to teach daily lessons in Christian values to children through after-school and summer programs.

Emerald Avenue UMC, Knoxville District – $1,000. The grant will be used to aid existing ministries at Emerald Youth Foundation, including Bible study curriculum for 150 to 200 children. The churchÕs annual Blacktop Festival, an outdoor weekend event focusing on evangelism for more than 500 participants, also will benefit from the grant.

For info about Change for Children, visit /children/change.html


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