Churches Partner with Community for an Unforgettable Christmas Giveaway

By Rick Wolcott* Bright sunshine and 50-degree weather greeted dozens of volunteers in Canton on December 11 as they transformed the Edward Peel Coleman Center parking lot into the “Unforgettable Christmas” store. “Today we’re celebrating Christmas, Kwanza, and Hannukah for anyone and everyone who is looking to celebrate the holidays,” said Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei. [...]

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 [...]