Sharon UMC is partnered with Griggs Elementary School in Poplar Branch and Jarvisburg Elementary in Jarvisburg. Sharon has truly been engaged in the lives of children by providing books for the “Give Five – Read Five” summer reading program, as well as funding Each One Read One Reading programs during the school year. They have provided school supplies as well as basic needs items for children throughout the school year. Many of the good folks at Sharon volunteer as proctors for end of grade testing, volunteers as readers and mentors and, during a time when we see more teacher assistant positions being defunded, they act as volunteer teacher aids. They are a visible presence in the school, eating with children and assisting the children and staff in creative relationships, and through pragmatic daily support. Sharon is transforming the world around them!
Congregations for Children
In the spring of 2013, Westview UMC reached out to Malpass Corner Elementary, located four miles from the church, asking what the church could do to help them. This led to the development of a partnership which provides weekend food backpacks for 67 students each week as well as family food boxes for these students during each vacation from school such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and spring breaks. The congregation has also furnished both schools with hats, coats and gloves during the winter months and 744 summer reading books! All this is accomplished by a congregation with an average weekly worship attendance of around 40. Through these missions Westview UMC has allowed God to show them what he can do with a “few” willing hearts and willing hands. Westview UMC’s is also providing some support to West Pender Middle school. They are truly a “little, big church!”
Tabernacle UMC is another small congregation with a big heart. They partner with Robbins Elementary and connect in relationship with both faculty and students. On opening school day, members of the congregation provided a big surprise “Welcome Back!” for staff on the first teacher work day. Many teachers were actually moved to tears in gratitude. The congregation has also provided students with clothing, snacks, supplies, and other basic needs. Tabernacle has also provided classroom volunteers and actively connected with students and parents. At the end of the school year, as on the first day, they were present, providing snow cones for participants of field day activities. Beginning to end, this is Tabernacle.
Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church is a small church with a big heart for children. This congregation with about 30-40 in worship on Sundays partnered with Douglass Academy – a school located in an impoverished neighborhood of Wilmington with students facing significant poverty and food insecurity issues. The church supplied weekend food packs for 20 students and over 100 books for students to call their own. Members sponsored and facilitated a science lab, provided students with weekly enrichment classes, taught a weekly recorder class, and offered classroom support to teachers. Fifth Avenue is making a difference in their community!
The Read and Feed program at Fuquay-Varina UMC is a full-family learning program to help kids develop a love for reading.
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During the 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week nearly every United Methodist Church in Craven County, as well as, many AME Zion Churches, partnered to provide Sweet Tea for all 25 public schools during Teacher Appreciation Week. The Sweet Tea Partnership is designed to begin the conversation between churches and school families during that special week. All great conversations in the south begin over a glass of sweet tea! Most churches went beyond the tea to offer duty free lunch for the staff, baked goods or meals for the staff.