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Yeah!!! Lil Jon wins another $40,000 for the Children’s Home!

Lil Jon


Rapper Lil Jon won another $40,000 for the Children’s Home on Sunday night’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice! Yeah!!! We are incredibly grateful for the effort he has put forth on the show to win this money that will help us continue to serve children and families in need. Tune in next Sunday night to see the Children’s Home receive the checks from Donald Trump and Farouk Systems. It will be a three-hour special, starting an hour earlier than usual, so be sure and tune in at 8:00 so you don’t miss the check presentation!

Happy 140th Birthday to UMCH!

This week marks 140 years for the United Methodist Children’s Home. 140 years of serving children, and creating safe and loving homes. 140 years of making sure every child we serve feels the wholeness of God’s love.


UMCH 140 years logo


Today our staff and residents came together to celebrate these past 140 years, with food and fellowship.


grilling out for the 140th anniversary


What’s a party without hot dogs and hamburgers?


our birthday cake


And, of course, cake!


We are humbled as an agency to have served thousands upon thousands of children and their families over these past 140 years. We could not do it alone, however, so we are grateful to every person who has prayed for us, made a gift to our agency, brought food from their garden or gifts to put under our tree, served as a volunteer or a foster parent, or shared our story with others. We thank you, and we ate a piece of cake in your honor today.  :)

Praying for our children and families

Easter lily and cross


Exciting things are happening in the hearts and minds of our youth on campus. Program Director of Religious Life, Carol Younger, shared with us the latest goings-on.


After “Da Spot” (our youth group time) last week, one of our residents told me she was starting to read the whole Bible, beginning with Genesis, and wanted to know when we could  have a personal Bible study with her!  Our Contextual Education students from Candler have been meeting one on one with our Independent Living Program residents weekly during Lent to talk about how to schedule their days/weeks in ways that will help our residents accomplish some of their long-term goals. The seminary students share how they use their time to get everything done. They’ve also been talking about some ideas from Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit – about how to find inspiration, and good habits to help them find and achieve a good vision for the future.


Tonight at Da Spot, for Holy Week, we are having a sensory worship service. We’ll have a simple meal – hummus, pita bread, grapes, apples, juice, etc. – then gather around electric candles in the gym to sing. We will then move around three stations to hear various parts of the story of this week, as we make spice sacks to help us remember, stones to represent the tomb, and prayer necklaces. We will end by walking a labyrinth in the gym.

Also, our Agape Meals continue to be a refreshing time for our campus, as volunteer groups bring a meal to share with our residents after our chapel service. Each Sunday night, everyone at the meal has a chance to write down prayer requests for our staff to know how to pray for them. Here are some from this past Sunday if you’d like to join us in praying!


Pray for those struggling to find jobs to feed their families.
Pray for my brother who has less than a month until he’s released from prison.
Pray that I pass my math class.
Pray that my kids enjoy Easter.
Pray for stability in our lives.
Pray that I pass my GED.
Pray for good health.
Pray for one of our residents who has been a little under the weather, that he will have a speedy recovery.
Pray that God will give us wisdom concerning daily choices.
Pray for new residents as they get started in the ILP program.


As always, we appreciate your prayers and support for our children and families more than you know!

UMCH offers training on strength-based practices

The United Methodist Children’s Home is excited to announce an upcoming training. The subject matter will be “Strength-Based Partnering with Families.” The training will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on our campus (500 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA  30030). The cost of the training is $30.00 per person.


About the Training: This training will encompass the use of strength-based practices when working with families, youth and other individuals in our care.


About the Trainer: Charyl Durbin, Ed.S., LPC, is a Public Administration doctoral candidate at Capella University. She is the Child and Adolescent Program Specialist for Community Based Alternatives for Youth (CBAY). She has been working in the human service field in many capacities, specializing in helping children and families, since 1977. She is a mother of four and grandmother of eight grandchildren (so far).


To register for the training, please complete the registration form and mail it to:

Sarah Ziegler, Coordinator of Training and Quality Assurance
United Methodist Children’s Home
500 South Columbia Drive
Decatur, GA  30030


All checks must be made payable to the United Methodist Children’s Home.

The healing power of horses

Staff at equine therapy


UMCH staff spent a sunny afternoon earlier this week learning more about equine therapy from Chase Meadow Lane Farm CEO, Dede Chase.




Chase brought several horses to our campus to teach staff in an interactive and fun training session.


UMCH staff person does trust exercise on horse


UMCH staff participated in trust exercises on the horses…


UMCH staff "leads" horse


… and learned how similar horses are to people (i.e., difficult at times!).


It was a fun, educational afternoon for all involved. Thanks to Dede Chase and UMCH staff trainer Sarah Ziegler for lending us their beautiful horses for the day.

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