In December Inman UMC conducted our first-ever Christmas Vacation Bible School. One of our members who had worked the Summer VBS thought it would be great to do this for the children during the holidays. We hold our VBS in the evenings so this provided the parents time to do some last minute shopping. The response was wonderful. We had about as many children participate as we did for our Summer VBS. Of course, the true meaning of Christmas was our theme. Leaders taught songs and Bible verses, performed Christmas skits, told stories, and fed the children dinner every night. We ended our VBS with a Christmas Play, with many church members coming out to enjoy the performance. Plans are already under way for next year.
Inman UMC has begun its second year of small group fellowships. Knowing that we had people in our congregation who only had passing acquaintances with others, we wanted to create opportunities for friendship building, so we formed one luncheon group and three dinner groups, of about a dozen people each. Each month a different person “hosts” the event. They may have the fellowship in their homes, at restaurants, at church, or even a picnic at a park. Our only agenda is fun and fellowship. Our mission is to make and build friendships so that everyone feels at home within the congregation, and so that newcomers will have an additional venue through which they may quickly find a group of church friends. Last month we met as one large group and re-shuffled our small groups, and we look forward to a second year of relationship building at Inman.
Inman UMC is making an assertive effort to reach out to persons with special needs in our community. We have hired a Special Needs Teacher to work with persons between the ages of 15 and 25, and we are developing a strategic plan to expand our existing program. We suspect that many in our community remain unchurched because congregations are not equipped to care for special needs children. We hope to give these families an opportunity to be a part of our church, where they can be assured that their children are professionally cared for, and where their entire families can become part of our Inman family.
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Clergy Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference
The Clergy Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, June 18 at noon at the Classic Center. To make a reservation, your $25 check must be in the District Office by Tuesday, May 12. Make checks payable to LaGrange District and mail to 200 Church Street, LaGrange, GA 30240.
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