"We Love All God’s Children" is an initiative of the United Methodist Church for under resourced children. The United Methodist Church partners with other organizations to provide resources for children related to literacy, health and discipleship (faith-based learning). Many of our churches have nurtured this grass-roots initiative for years. The goal of "We Love All God’s Children" is to have 67 percent our churches in the Texas Annual Conference engaged in ministry to under resourced children by 2026.
"What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” — Micah 6:8
Students unable to read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school when compared to proficient readers. That number increases significantly when those children come from poverty. Children who attend preschool begin kindergarten one to two years ahead of under resourced children. As these children grow, the gap continues to widen. This is the reason "We Love All God’s Children" was born.
Each one, teach one
Many United Methodist Churches boast large spaces, sitting empty throughout the week. This space offers a tremendous opportunity for churches to host literacy programs, preschools with reduced tuition, or after school mentoring programs. Coupled with enthusiastic volunteers, churches can begin to change the future of literacy one child at a time. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
- Church preschool providing scholarships for under resourced children
- Volunteer reading partnership with a local elementary school
- Little Library for the community
- Back to school backpack drive
While most of us go to bed with plenty to eat, one in four Texas children goes to sleep hungry, according to a study from Feeding America. Food deserts are present in most of our backyards. And the most basic needs for good health are not being met for underserved children. This is where the church can come alongside these children to provide essential services.
- Free health screening for children
- Free sports/exercise programs for children
- Food pantry for children and their families
- Meals during holidays or summer
While the United Methodist Church recognizes it is fundamental that children learn to read and do not go to bed hungry, the heart of "We Love All God’s Children" is telling children about Jesus Christ. We go on to care for the whole person. Children are natural learners, including learning about their faith. When the church comes alongside a child, we are making a difference for the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Off-site Vacation Bible School
- After School Programs with Bible lessons
Julie Baker-Finck Keynote Presentation
In her keynote address to the Texas Annual Conference, Julie Baker-Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, challenged the Conference with the great needs of Texas children along with clear direction on how to best help them.