Calvary UMC Houston Bridges to All Ages in the Community
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.
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.
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.”