Last month the Shelby County Reporter featured a story on the Feed My Sheep food pantry ministry of Calera First UMC.
The food pantry ministry is part of a larger outreach objective the congregation adopted two years ago of “no more needy children” in Calera.
The church started working toward this objective by first building relationships with teachers in local schools. The news article explains, “Teachers were lifted up in prayer and encouraged. They communicated through email about needs in the classrooms. The church only knew the need; names were kept confidential.”
As the Calera First UMC congregation began to reach out to students, they started a Backpack Buddies program in which they packed ready-to-eat meals for the weekend for 48 students who receive free and reduced lunch. They also provided other supplies and helped pay utility bills for families.
The Feed My Sheep food pantry is an additional way the congregation is reaching out to families in the Calera area.
The new ministry has also built relationships with others in the community. The Amazing Grace Worship Center, who already had a food pantry, helped Calera First start the food pantry. The newly-formed Calera Civitan Club has voted to hold a canned food drive to benefit the food pantry.
To read the complete article go to http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2012/06/18/calera-first-wants-no-needy-children