White Oak UMC takes Christmas spirit door-to-door in community

1/15/2008

Members of White Oak United Methodist Church went door to door to spread holiday cheer by singing favorite Christmas songs during the holidays.

The group caroled at specific spots in Crystal Springs and had fellowship with more than 75 sick and shut-in members of the community.

White Oak United Methodist Church wanted to enhance and expand its welcoming and hospitality ministry during Advent. With a welcoming Seed Grant from the Mississippi Conference Communications Commission, White Oak members also reached out to some children whose father had been incarcerated. This was their first Christmas without their dad. In Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Purchasing and wrapping gifts to prisoners’ children on their behalf not only delivered a message of love from parent to child, but also the true meaning of Christmas. The three children received gifts and food for Christmas.

The church members also had the opportunity to minister to 12-year-old Jaquandria Allen who has dermatomyositis, an auto immune disease affecting 5,000 children in the United States. Symptoms include weak muscles, fatigue, skin rash, fever, calcinosis (small to large pebble-size calcium lumps that form under the skin and may become infected and or absorbed back into the body), vasculitic ulcers (on the skin or in the bowels), and contractures which cause joints to stay in a bent position.