Ellisville First UMC spreads love to community

3/4/2008

Folks at the Extended Care Unit of South Central Regional Medical Center, Jones County Rest Home and church shut-ins got a special treat on Valentine’s Day from Ellisville First United Methodist Church.

The church presented the patients with rosebuds and vases on Feb. 14.

Ellisville First UMC’s Evangelism Committee got the idea from an article about a similar project taken on by a United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas. To fund the project, the committee appealed to adult Sunday school classes and interested church members for donations of money and bud vases. 

Evangelism Committee volunteers were able to assemble over 160 vases of roses to distribute, turning the fellowship area of the church into a florist shop. The children of the church helped by shaping red and white pipe cleaners into hearts to add to the vases and by filling out cards to indicate that the bud vases were from the church. 

On the afternoon of Feb. 13 before the pot-luck Valentine’s Day dinner at the church, the children, assisted by youth chaperones, walked across the street to deliver vases to patients in the Extended Care Unit.  On Valentine’s Day, a team of volunteers delivered the remaining vases to patients in the rest home and to church shut-ins.

The project was so well received that the Evangelism Committee hopes to make it an ongoing project, delivering vases on holidays throughout the year.