Serving the Underserved Youth in Crocket / Lovelady
A group of creative pastors and members from several churches recently helped youngsters in the Lovelady area return to school “in style.” This year’s annual Back-2-School project included musicians, speakers and hairstylists all the way from Houston. It was a multi-faceted event organized by Pastors Robert and Carlton Johnson and Willa Wooten, Phd of White Rock, Hunter and Henry Watson of Pleasant Hill with financial and physical support from Pastors A. Harden and Connie Swanson. Providing 200 young people with complete school supply kits – and much more -- also required the financial, and physical support from members of Alexander Chapel UMC, Anderson Chapel, and community members from the Lovelady Circuit area.
Rev. Connie Swanson is proud of her area leaders’ work in targeting the underserved population in this unique way. “Our fish fry and Gospel Celebration was completed courtesy of the Windsor Village Men’s Choir and featured psalmist and preacher, Minister Leon Lewis of Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church, Houston delivering a message on Christian Leadership.” To ensure the ministry’s success, the pastoral teams made pre-event contacts in the community to assess need and interest.
First UMC Crockett has also begun a separate outreach with youth Bible study spearheaded by Pastors Carlton and Robert Johnson. Special kudos to the Lovelady Circuit for agreeing to purchase a youth focused Bible study program aimed at the Christian needs of these youth.
Adds Connie, “Our efforts in providing supplies and hope to underserved youth in the Crockett/Lovelady area clearly demonstrates the Word of Christ made flesh -- and it supports Bishop Huie's vision to Invest in the Young.”