How To Assemble School Kits
More About Congregations For Children
- Overview: https://nccumc.org/outreach/congregations-children/
- Give 5 – Read 5: https://nccumc.org/bishop/connections-public-schools/
- School Kits: http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, who loved children and who blessed them in the presence of his disciples. Today, a gathering of our leaders are meeting to advance our life together as Congregations for Children here in North Carolina.
I hope that you and your congregation will claim this name for yourself as you reach out in your community to embrace children, to welcome them, to provide for them what they need for a full and abundant life.
We, as the North Carolina Annual Conference, are committed to collecting books for children. Our superintendent of public instruction, Dr. June Atkinson, is a member of First United Methodist Church in Cary and spoke to us at the 2013 Annual Conference.
She invited us to be a part of the “Give 5 – Read 5” initiative, in schools across North Carolina. You can be a part of this by visiting the principal of an elementary school closest to your church, asking if books might be received there for children, then collecting gently used books.
You may even want to talk with merchants in your community about ways in which they could support the drive for books for children. You may want to invite civic groups to join you in collecting books.
It has been demonstrated through research that children who carry books home in the summer and have them to read, do not suffer the summer learning loss that plagues many households. Many homes have no books for children to read, and the more children read, the better they advance in all of their education endeavors.
We will be collecting books in local churches across the North Carolina Annual Conference and as the school year ends, you would simply take these books to the elementary school nearest you, where they would be given to children as they leave for the summer break.
I also invite you as a Congregation for Children to make school kits. The school kits are simple, yet profound gifts to children who need basic school supplies and we provide for you, the template for how you make a school kit.
Half of the school kits that we collect will be given here in North Carolina to children who are in need. And half of the school kits will be sent outside of our country, to Liberia and to El Salvador, where they will be joyfully received by children and their parents and teachers.
On the North Carolina Conference webpage, you will find the link to the Congregations for Children webpages, where you can read the creative ways in which churches are surrounding children with love.
Thank you for becoming a Congregation for Children and for reaching out in love, concern, and compassion to the children in our communities and in our world.
Jesus Christ came to us as a little child and rejoices whenever we welcome a child in his name.