Churches Serve and Pray for Students, Schools, and Families in Their Community


Back to school is anything but "back to normal" for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, but creative and faithful United Methodists are responding to the needs of students, parents, and schools in their communities.

In a recent article for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Emily Peck McClain describes the very real challenges children, youth, and families face during this time and she offers practical suggestions for how congregations can meet their material, spiritual, and emotional needs. She offers six possibilities for local churches.

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Here are just a few ways churches in the North Georgia Conference are showing love this season:

Jonesboro First UMC held signs cheering on families as parents and students drove through the parking lot at the local elementary school to check out laptops for virtual learning.


Mt. Zion UMC Marietta filled 48 backpacks for students served by MUST Ministries.

At the request of their local elementary school, Hopewell UMC in Tyrone is providing recess supplies for elementary classrooms.

These are just a few of the many faithful ways churches are serving. Please join us in prayer and service this back-to-school season.