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Every Child Matters

The Diversity Team and Missions together are working to develop a partnership with Killarney and Aloma Elementary Schools this fall.  Recently we have been collecting school supplies for both schools.  Both schools have a large percentage of students on free and reduced lunch and have a student population that is racially and culturally diverse.  In October we will begin reading individually with K-2 children once a week.  If you are interested in becoming involved with this project at Killarney, plan to attend a short informational meeting on Sunday, September 9th at 12:00pm in the Matthias Family Life Center 320 or contact Laura Toshie  ([email protected]) for more information.

As members of our vibrant family and Christ-like servants, we are called to reach out to our Winter Park Community and to make a difference in the lives of others.  Through a new partnership with Killarney and Aloma, Elementary Schools, we are equipping and supporting our children.  Every child is precious and a child of God.  This is our opportunity to connect and engage with children in our Winter Park community to support their growth, development and learning in partnership with their teachers.  It is a small way that we can make a difference and to serve in the image of Jesus Christ and to live out the call of Christ in our daily lives.

Based on the Wesleyan tradition, Bishop Carter of the Florida Conference has encouraged every Florida UMC to connect with schools to serve children “who are not reaching their potential”.  Bishop Carter’s vision is to carry forward Wesley’s plan to help the poor and serve Jesus Christ.  Every Child matters and are our kids.

“But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, and said to them, Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.” Luke 9:47-48