Garber United Methodist Church offers the Kingswood After School Tutoring Program. This program serves at-risk students from Bangert and Brinson Elementary Schools. They provide transportation for students, as well as, college scholarships for participants. Garber UMC has also adopted JT Barber Elementary School. They offer support in many areas including a food backpack ministry and approximately 30 volunteers who help support teachers and students during the school day.
Congregations for Children
Ebenezer UMC in Raleigh has begun a new C4C partnership with Barwell Road Elementary School, a low-wealth school, just steps from the church. The church recently raised $750, which provided computers for 90 elementary school students and their families, along with personalized instruction from the volunteers who provided the computers.
The Sunrise UMC, First UMC and Fuquay-Varina UMC churches in Fairway District are partnered with Lincoln Heights Elementary School around their “Read & Feed” program and other support services. Each week, the “Read & Feed” program reaches 27 children; feeds 80 persons a free meal; provides “parent enrichment” during the “tutoring time” with programming primarily provided by the LHES staff and/or community leaders; and, thus far has involved over 73 adult volunteers this school year. The tutoring program involves 27 volunteer tutors. Leftover supper food is packaged for families, usually providing another meal to enjoy at home. Children receive 3 free books each week to help build home libraries and are EAGER to come early!!! There is an abundance of energy, focus, and JOY in sharing throughout the traditional school year with this incredible church and community partnership!
With a worship attendance of only 20, Cedar Grove UMC demonstrates that small numbers can generate big ministry! This congregation is partnered with Perry H. Harrison Elementary School. Five mornings a week for three weeks each summer, the church family creates a literacy camp. Through their participation, all 24 students who attended showed measured increases in literacy fluency and comprehension. Also, the congregation has provided the students with over 200 books and continues to work to prevent summer reading loss with the children of their community. For a small membership church, Cedar Grove brings big ministry that yields big results in the lives of children, generating big hope for a big future!
In addition to doing a backpack buddies program at nearby Mineral Springs Elementary, Jones Springs United Methodist Church, with fewer than 30 in worship, harvested 48,000 pounds (24 tons) of produce this season through “God’s Garden”. They are still harvesting collards and some other things; but lost most of the sweet potatoes due to Hurricane Matthew rains. Food is distributed free through food pantries in this economically challenged area. The pastor and church members continue to give generously using their talents to provide nutritious food for others.
Edenton Street UMC recently donated 1,208 books to Conn Elementary School children. The books were to be distributed as gifts to students to take home for their Summer Reading initiative. Conn is one of two downtown Raleigh elementary schools with which Edenton Street partners under the C4C umbrella.