Church gathers supplies to help pupils at elementary school


Understanding the rising cost of education and schools’ need for supplies to begin the new school year, St. John’s United Methodist Church in Greenwood used a recent worship theme to reach out to its local elementary school.

On July 27, St. John’s celebrated “Christmas in July” during its morning worship. Scripture for the day involved the birth narrative and Christmas music was utilized. A solo, Mary, Did You Know, sung by Gillon Wells and the chancel choir’s use of handbells helped set the tone of Christmas.

St. John’s mission team organized a collection of school supplies. Bankston Elementary School, located three blocks from the church, was contacted and a list of supplies needed for each grade was obtained and shared with the congregation. Many individuals added a few items to their shopping carts during their weekly shopping to bring for the offering. One member purchased a bulk lot of pencils on e-bay.

“The Christmas spirit was prevalent in our church” said the Rev. Mitchell McDonald. “We should celebrate Christ’s presence everyday.”

Bankston Principal Paul Barnhardt said he was pleased to see the number of items and indicated that this would help the school start the new year right.