St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in Centre has had a very fruitful and enjoyable summer season.
Under the leadership of Rev. & Mrs. Michael Robinson, the St. Mary’s UMC youth started the summer by hosting Vacation Bible School. The theme was “Get Connected!” This technology-based theme encouraged the young people to stay connected with Jesus – to give Him as much attention as young people give their cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, and video games. They were taught to look to Jesus for guidance and comfort. Classes ranged from preschool to adults, with bible study, arts and crafts, recreation, music, and a full dinner was included every night. The VBS attendance exceeded sixty participants every night. (St. Mary’s averages thirty in worship each week.) Participants came from numerous communities and churches.
The next Sunday the congregation ended youth week by hosting a program that included a presentation by all VBS kids, a speech by local youth leader Ms. Brooke Southerlin (member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Centre), and testimonies and dramatizations from Alabama’s Teen Challenge Recovery Program.
To celebrate everyone’s hard work, all children and parents were asked to attend a church sponsored trip to Alabama’s Splash Adventure. This reinforced the idea that Christians could fellowship and have fun despite their denominations, race, or background.
Now as summer is coming to a close, St. Mary’s UMC members are providing spiritual and financial support to P.U.S.H. Ministries (Pray Until Something Happens), led by Cadarris Rucker (member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Cedar Bluff) for a back-to -school rally. During the rally, ten churches and their youth members give out school supplies, feed, entertain, and show God’s love to hundreds of children and parents.
The St. Mary's congregation agrees, "Our church appreciates the love and support of the Conference, other churches, and communities. We are evidence that God blesses those who continue working to build His kingdom."