By Barbara Dunlap-Berg, United Methodist News Service
Whether you’re part of a congregation of 50 or 5,000, you can reach out to children and families as a new academic year begins.
In Pensacola, Fla., for example, Warrington United Methodist Church is in ministry with Warrington Elementary School, less than a mile away. The congregation focuses on saying “Great job!” to the teachers and staff who strive to make a difference in the young lives they encounter daily.
“We have attempted to make the entire staff of the school feel the support and gratitude we have,” said the Rev. Robert J. Bailey, “hoping that what we do for them helps them do a better job teaching our children. We want to make a significant impact on our community for Jesus Christ.”
Here are a dozen ideas from United Methodist churches across the connection.