Calvary UMC Houston Bridges to All Ages in the Community

Date Posted: 3/26/2015

Investing in the Young – and not so young -- is a badge of honor for vital congregations such as Calvary UMC Houston. Rev. Keith Somerville reports that, “This year we have partnered with Fleming Middle School for their ‘Men Read’ program where men from the church attend classes at the school and read to the students to promote education. Fleming Middle School was one of the schools that was slated to be closed last year but through programs such as these have seen revitalization.” Calvary will also host their first children and youth Spelling Bee to further support academic enrichment and build community with their neighbors.
 
Family Outreach
Notes Keith, “When we first started, we were providing food and SNAP Assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to about 60 families every first Saturday of the month. Since then, we have expanded to also offer free clothing donated by members and friends of Calvary, and community prayer every first Saturday. Additionally, they launched an emergency food pantry every week on Wednesdays.  “We now serve about 300 people directly and Houston Food Bank estimates close to a thousand indirectly by providing food for entire families.
 

Reaching Adults
Calvary UMC has recently become the meeting place for the Trinity Gardens Civic Group. And the church will soon host it’s first Woman's Conference which is called "Un-Masked." Adds Keith, “Our prayer is that we will be providing a safe environment where women can be transparent about their challenges and receive practical tools to assist in areas of growth.” 
 
In addition to these outreach activities designed to build new relationships with residents of all ages and walks of life, Pastor Keith is also focused on the members seeking to become stronger disciples. “We continue to have vibrant worship with the addition of new Worship leadership such as Director Crystal Naylor and musicians Roderick Joseph and Brandon Lockridge.”