CONGREGATIONS FOR CHILDREN (C4C)
Happy New Year!
It is my hope that 2016 will be the year that the Congregations for Children (C4C) initiative comes alive in the Capital District. For the past two years we have introduced and promoted this exciting mission opportunity using a wide variety of venues, including district-wide meetings of laity and clergy, our district website, small-group presentations in local churches, one-one conversations with pastors, lay leaders, and mission coordinators, and even pulpit time during worship services. Our Bishop, District Superintendent, ADS, and State Superintendent of Public Schools have shouted it from the rooftops in their own unique ways. We have used multiple methods to introduce the concept of effective school/church partnerships that will help low-income public school children, particularly those in Kindergarten through third grade, break the cycle of poverty through improved reading skills that will open the doors to greater success for them in school and in life beyond public school.
We have worked hard to inform; now we are ready to expand our implementation efforts.
Our goal is for every congregation in the Capital District to be actively involved with a local elementary school by the end of 2016. We believe that every congregation has at least one or two members who have a passion for young children and their dreams of living happy and fulfilled lives. Those few individuals can make a difference in the lives of children by promoting this initiative through their own church or by joining with a nearby church that is already involved. My responsibility as the C4C District Coordinator is to help you do that. C4C has a process that has proven to be successful in many churches throughout the state, so no one has to go it alone or re-invent the wheel.
I am delighted to welcome Sandra Honeycutt as a valuable resource to us in the C4C initiative. Sandra formerly led the statewide Hand-In-Hand initiative that similarly promoted United Methodist church and public school partnerships, so she has traveled this road before us. Sandra is an active member of Four Oaks United Methodist Church and her community, and she has a particular passion for the mission and ministry of rural churches. I am a member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, and I devoted my entire professional career to public school education. As a team, we are eager to join you in ministry and to help you tailor your school/church partnership to the needs of your partner school and the resources of your church.
Please contact me at the email address below if you have an interest in starting a new partnership or expanding, refocusing, or refining a current partnership. I have included a single-page summary sheet which will help you learn more about the C4C initiative. You are encouraged to share it with your congregation or invite me to help you in that effort. I am available to meet with you or any member of your church to answer questions and provide support for your implementation of this vital mission program.
Let’s make 2016 “The Year of C4C” for the Capital District!
Capital District Coordinator
Congregations for Children (C4C)
If you would like to print or share this letter, you are encouraged to use this pdf:
C4C New Year letter