Celebrating Mission Grants: Serving Beyond Physical Health

10/28/2016

By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff
 
Photo right: A few of the attendants of the Vincent Chapel HEC ministry's Free Community Health Advocate Training. Photo courtesy Vincent Chapel UMC.
 
Physical health is something in the back of many people's minds. From debating whether or not to take a sick day when the first sign of a cold arises to wondering if your joints used to pop that much, people think about their physical health. What people tend to neglect, however, is their spiritual health, according to members of Vincent Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Vincent Chapel Health Education Center began in 2014 to help nurture the members of the Carrollton community. The center caters to improving the lives of members of the community by disseminating information that progresses a person's physical and spiritual health, along with material to help them emotionally, socially, and financially. 

Vincent Chapel's Health Education Center serves by reaching out to the community and meeting them at their spiritual and physical needs while also stirring up hope within the individuals and reinvigorating their love and faith in Jesus.

Through their mission grant, Vincent Chapel was able to afford supplies to start up their Health Education Center, including a blood pressure monitor, weight scale, and first aid kit. The members were also able to purchase supplies to serve food to those within the community as well as purchase supplies in case of a natural disaster. The Health Education Center also held a Community Health Advocate Training which was facilitated by Rev. Annie Williams and completed by Michael Jones, a registered nurse from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The members of Vincent Chapel are helping to revitalize their community through the Health Education Center. By utilizing their mission grant funds wisely and helping their community, Vincent Chapel is Living Out The POWER of WE.

The Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries Mission Grants are a matching grant available to United Methodist churches and United Methodist sponsored or related agencies in Mississippi. Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000. 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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