Children in poverty: First round of grants awarded, next deadline is Nov. 15

Children in poverty: First round of grants awarded, next deadline is Nov. 15

Holly Springs United Methodist Church receives a $1,500 grant for Vacation Bible School offered over spring break.

Posted Oct. 6, 2016

Jordan’s Chapel United Methodist Church, in Pulaski, Va., received $5,000 to feed hungry kids over the weekend.

Holly Springs United Methodist Church, in Blountville, Tenn., received $1,500 to host vacation bible school over spring break.

Broad Street United Methodist Church, in Cleveland, Tenn, received $2,000 for an after-school mentoring and leadership-development program.


In the first round of grants from this year’s Holston Annual Conference mission offering, 12 churches received a total $40,800 in funds for their ministries supporting local children in poverty.

The application deadline for the first round of grants was Aug. 15. The winners were notified shortly afterward.

The deadline for the next round of grants is Nov. 15. Congregations with new or existing ministries supporting low-income families are encouraged to apply, said the Rev. Michael Sluder, director of connectional ministries.

“Churches from Abingdon, Big Stone Gap, Johnson City, and Tazewell Districts are especially encouraged to send grant applications for the Nov. 15 deadline,” said Sluder.

Sluder explained that the grant committee wants every district to be represented in each round of grants. In August, 12 grants were awarded to ministries in eight different districts. Four districts did not submit applications. In all, 18 groups applied for grants.

In addition to Jordan’s Chapel (Wytheville District), Holly Springs (Kingsport District) and Broad Street (Cleveland District), other grant-winners were:


> Bethlehem Center (Chattanooga District):$2,500 -- Academic support for literacy and math; spiritual growth

> East Ridge UMC (Chattanooga District): $5,000 – Nw ministry for youth including tutoring, mentoring, food, clothing and school supplies for area youth

> Wesley Memorial UMC (Cleveland District): $5,000 – New ministry providing mentors for at-risk youth in the Unity Center’s after-school program

> Church Street UMC (Knoxville District): $5,000 – New children’s ministry developed for Vestal UMC’s Beacon of Hope

> Wesley House Community Center (Knoxville District): $2,500 -- After school recreational and education support

> First Maryville UMC (Maryville District): $2,400 – New partnership (with Williamson Chapel UMC and New Providence Presbyterian) with Lanier Elementary

> Saint Clair UMC (Morristown District): $2,500 – New ministry providing materials for students and teachers at Saint Clair Elementary

> Shiloh UMC (Morristown District): $4,400 – New Wednesday-night program with meals, Bible study, homework help for families

> First Oak Ridge UMC (Oak Ridge District): $3,000 – New ministry offering child care during for low-income families during fall and spring breaks


Holston members are encouraged to continue giving to the Annual Conference offering (now named “Way to Give”) with at least $10 per average worship attendance. The total offering received is now $188,258, according to the treasurer's office.

In addition, every church member is asked to give 10 hours of service for local children in need.

Visit for more information, to make an online gift to children in poverty, or to record your number of service hours. 

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