Just a month ago, the magazine used in the 5th grade Sunday School curriculum included an article about an optional service project for the month of January. The project focused on health and well-being of women and children in developing countries, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It suggested taking up a special offering for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
The kids read the article, and then we asked them if they’d like to do something about it. The kids enthusiastically responded that they would like to help women and children around the globe to have better health. They started shouting out ideas for how to tell the congregation about the project - making posters, talking (or having someone talk) about it in the worship service, holding buckets outside the doors to the sanctuary, and putting something in the church bulletin. We invited Sarah McCormick to join us the next week to brainstorm a little more about what to do, and then the kids set to work writing the article that was used in the bulletin, decorating posters, and decorating buckets. With Sarah’s help, we decided to set up a table in Reed Hall and direct members of the congregation to come visit us there. The next two weeks, the kids staffed the table, holding up their signs and answering questions when many people visited the table.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of our congregation, the kids raised over
$700 in those two weeks! We and the 5th graders are so grateful for your wonderful response to the kids’ heartfelt desire to help children around the globe have access to clean water, to get needed vaccines, to have healthier food and to get education needed to help them live healthier lives.
5th Grade SS Teachers (Lyn Hoyt, Blair Norman, Ann and David Pickens, Becky Verner and Kathi Whalen)