Church finds space for Moore Community House


By Peggy Hubert
Special to the Advocate

Many children living in inner-city Biloxi have had no subsidized child care since Hurricane Katrina destroyed Moore Community House.

That situation ended in January, as the former Biloxi Epworth United Methodist Church has been restored into a facility for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Moore Community House has been endowed with hand-made toy kitchen sets -- stove, refrigerator and sink -- in all the toddlers' rooms.

Thanks to Tupelo First United Methodist Church, Moore Community House now has a state-of-the-art kitchen. A large room for play, meals or for whatever is needed spans the depth of the old sanctuary. Bathroom facilities are designed for children. A toddler need not use a potty chair; these real toilets are just their size.

The Epworth facility is only temporary while Moore Community House completes its new child development center. 

Friends and supporters of Moore Community House had a prayer walk around the property a few months ago. Since it is a child development program, it seemed appropriate to include children in the walk. Participants sang children's Bible songs as they walked the grounds, and learned that the property is ideal for a large building with plenty of room for outdoor play.

The group gathered in a circle after the walk to pray. Each child was encouraged to say a sentence prayer, and they all contributed, including a 3-year-old who said the blessing, the only prayer she knows. Every adult then added to the prayers, with Moore Executive Director the Rev. Carol Burnett closing with a blessing. 

When the new center is completed, Epworth will be turned over to the community as a community center.