By Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist
Photo right: On this day, Wisdom Ministry participants packed a room at Providence UMC to play bingo.
Since 2008, the Wisdom Ministry at Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville, Mississippi, has been offering activities for its senior members and non-members from the community. The program was created to help those ages 55 and older cope with feelings of loneliness and boredom. Priority at Wisdom Ministry is to celebrate the life that God has graciously provided each participant, according to Barbara Adams who started the program.
"We provide enough so that they know they are experiencing God," she said.
The group meets at the church on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. Adams said they have grown from five to as many as 50 attendees with most of them being non-members. In addition to games and presentations on matters that impact this age group, hot lunches are served.
The Wisdom Ministry was blessed twice to be a recipient of the Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries Mission Grants. These are matching grants available to United Methodist churches and United Methodist sponsored or related agencies in Mississippi. The grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000.
The first gift to Wisdom Ministry was for $5,000 in 2009. This helped start a community garden. In 2014, a second grant for roughly $800 helped fund a field trip for the seniors to the B.B. King Museum.
"This is a tiny little church doing big things. I think God is blessing us more for that, so I am most grateful that we were able to get the funds, said Adams.
The Mission Grants are possible thanks to local churches that pay their mission shares. They are awarded to form spiritual leaders, new places for new people, connections through existing congregations and engagement in ministry with the poor; therefore, living out the four Core Values of The POWER of We.
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