Churches Find New Ways to Reach Families During Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Summer has come and gone. As teachers welcome back students to largely digital classrooms, we look back at one summer tradition that children look forward to every year – Vacation Bible School. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many churches were not able to host VBS programs in the traditional mode and made [...]

Providing School Supplies and Hope to Families in Need

By Brett Hetherington* As the season begins to change from summer to fall, the Bucyrus United Methodist Church (Mid-Ohio District) hosts a Back-to-School Clothing and Supplies Carnival. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the vital ministry continued this year – but it looked just a little bit different. “This was the 12th year of giving away free [...]

Church Forges Connection with Schools through Student Meals Ministry

By Brett Hetherington* Over the past several months it has not been uncommon to hear about a school district providing meals for its students who were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students enrolled in Ohio public school systems rely upon free and reduced-price lunch programs for meals during the school week. So, [...]