Church Trick-Or-Treat Alternative Brings Smiles to All

By Brett Hetherington* On a bright and beautiful Halloween Saturday Grandview United Methodist Church (Canal District) welcomed to the church’s front yard “pumpkin patch” children from its Cuyahoga Falls community. In the weeks leading up to Oct. 31, unsure whether the city would permit trick-or-treating due to social-distancing requirements put into place because of the [...]

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 [...]