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How you can pray for us

Looking for a way to help our children and families, but your time and wallet are both stretched to the max? Why not add the Children’s Home to your prayer list? Whether in your own personal reflection time or in your circle or other church group, the prayers you offer up on our behalf are always needed and most appreciated. Here are some current and specific ways you can pray for us.

 

  • The children, staff and volunteers of Jesse’s House. Pray that this new program enriches the youth and families who are participating. Pray that our Jesse’s House staff and interns will be encouraged by the important work they are doing. Pray that our volunteers will recognize what a gift spending time reading with a child offers.
  • Pray for those staff who work with our TLP participants. Pray that their visits with these young adults will help them on their way to full self-sufficiency.
  • Pray for our ILP residents who will be leading VBS for the Stewart Center in Reynoldstown in July. Pray that God will use this opportunity to care for others to teach and inspire all involved.
  • Pray for all families connected with UMCH, from those in Family Housing to those in our Foster Care program. Pray that this summer will be a time of rest, renewal and joy for each of them.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support for our children and families! We are very grateful for them, and for you.

Monique finds a home at UMCH

Monique and Legend are in our Family Housing program, and Monique was gracious to share her story with us in this powerful video that premiered at Annual Conference last week.

 

 

We are proud of what Monique has accomplished during her stay with us, and we’re excited to see what her future holds!

Announcing a brand-new service at the Children’s Home!

Jesse's House LogoThe mission of the United Methodist Children’s Home is “to provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to the lives of children and families.” In keeping with that mission, we are reaching out to a new group of children and families who we feel we can help. There are many intact families who struggle to keep their children safe and healthy, due to issues such as financial struggles and lack of resources or opportunities. UMCH is uniquely positioned with our resources, ex­perience and strategically placed district offices to offer care, education and spiritual nourishment to under-served children and families throughout north Georgia.

 

Therefore, we are excited to announce a new service we are offering to children and families. Jesse’s House opened on May 31 as a summer day camp for grade-school and middle-school children from our Family Housing program. The eight-week summer camp is the latest in our program offerings to under-served children and youth and their families. UMCH staff show these children God’s love as they par­ticipate in one-on-one reading programs, recreation, crafts and Bible study. Jesse’s House has started on our Decatur campus as a pilot program, but we plan to expand this service in the fall to an after-school program on our campus as well, and eventually to extend the program throughout north Georgia, with the help of lo­cal area churches.

 

The first week was a big success! We asked the children what they had learned and what their favorite things were at Jesse’s House, and here’s what they had to say:

 

At Jesse’s House I learned…
that God made us for a reason
how to swim backwards and how to do a handstand in the water
loving words
respect
God loves me

 

Jesse's House child reads with a volunteer

 

My favorite part of Jesse’s House was…
eating ice cream and going to the pool
swimming and scavenger hunt
playing cooking in our room
talking to Brandon and Logan (interns) because both of them are funny
songs

 

Jesse's House child creates art

 

If you’d like to support Jesse’s House at the United Methodist Children’s Home, here are some ways you can help:

  • Read one-on-one with children or lead an art class in the morning, or lead an afternoon enrichment activity
  • Provide and share a meal with the interns (Monday or Tuesday evenings)
  • Financially support the program: Support an intern ($2,500); support lunch for camp (one day for $70; one week for $350); support snacks for campers ($35 for one week)
  • Prepare and serve breakfast, lunch or snacks for a week
  • Donate class materials, such as books, art supplies, paper products, sports equipment, etc.

 

We will have much more to come about this exciting new ministry, so stay tuned! In the meantime, contact Alison Wright with any questions.

Texas teens dig right in to work at UMCH

Thirty-one youth and eight adults packed several vans in East Bernard, Texas to drive to UMCH last week. From Tuesday to Thursday, this group worked HARD around our campus, jumping in to help wherever we needed.

 

MYF group

 

They spent their mornings doing everything from digging holes for trees…

 

digging holes

 

to pruning old trees…

 

pruning trees

 

to reading books to our children…

 

reading to children

 

to sorting supplies…

 

sorting supplies

 

to prepping a new lawn…

 

preparing lawn

 

to making dozens of casseroles to freeze for our summer interns…

 

making casseroles

 

And that’s just the half of it! They worked incredibly hard all morning and through lunch. Then late in the afternoon, they would clean up and set off on adventures around Atlanta. They visisted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and Centennial Park…

 

MLK Center

 

the World of Coke and Stone Mountain…

 

Stone Mountain

 

and they even went zip lining!

 

zip lining

 

Words cannot express how grateful we are to these teens and their leaders. Their positive attitudes and can-do spirits brightened our campus, and we already miss having them around!

 

East Bernard in front of Moore Chapel

 

Many thanks, East Bernard UMC youth!

Serving more than just food with the Agape Meals

In January of this year, we started a new weekly tradition – Agape Meals. This was a meal after our Sunday evening worship service that was hosted by different volunteer groups.

 

Dunwoody UMC preps food for Agape Meal

 

Churches like Dunwoody UMC, who hosted our last Agape Meal before a summer break, helped prepare and serve the meal, as well as clean up.

 

Young boy from Dunwoody UMC helps cook

 

However, the most important thing the groups did was to serve our youth and families with some encouraging fellowship as they shared the meal together.

 

Dunwoody UMC youth help cook

 

Many, many thanks to all of the groups who came out for an Agape Meal this year. We’re staying busy with other activities this summer, but we’ll resume the Agape Meals in the fall, so if your group is interested, contact Carol Younger.

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