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Grant Recipients and Their Stories
The Brightwood Community Center SPARKS summer camp plans to reach 36 youth during their annual summer program June 17 - July 26, 2019, having extended the program to 6 weeks this year. Read More
East Tenth Children and Youth Summer Days for Youth 2019 focuses on school-aged children and their families by providing quality care and education during this eight and half week program. Read More
Fletcher Place Community Center Hot Meals program impacts the southeast neighborhood that currently has only three full-service grocery stores. The primary impact of the Hot Meals program is engaging ministry with the poor, with over 18,000 meals served in the community in 2018. Read More
Lawrence UMC Summer Kids Camp reaches 60 campers ages 5-13 and includes teenage staff counselors. While understanding that higher education (college) will not be for everyone, program staff consciously attempt to imbue in their campers and families a sense of valuing education by intentionally hiring staff members who are currently in college and have added academic (but fun) activities into more of their program. Read More
Lawrence UMC Youth Corps plans to reach 40 youth through the six-week program. The program's primary are of focus is on Leadership Development, with each participant getting an opportunity to lead. Service projects include mowing, pulling weeds, and making a difference in the Lawrence community. Read More
The Outreach Ministry team of St. Luke's UMC expect to serve between 40 and 50 adult participants through their English as a New Language (ENL) program. The program strives to meet the student needs who are learning to speak, read, and write the English language. Read More
Trinity United Methodist Church will begin planning for this year's outreach Vacation Bible School in early June. They anticipate between 125 and 150 youth participants, along with 30 - 40 adult volunteers from the Shelbyville community during the VBS week. Read More
The Share-LT program provides 6 weeks of safe, active and enriching experiences for teens attending Lawrence Township schools. The program has traditionally run Monday - Thursday, and this year, Share leadership is stepping out in faith and adding a "bonus" day to the summer programming. Read More
Descubriendo Indy has taken place as a part of Vida Nueva's ministry for over 13 years. The vision since the conception of the program has always been for children to discover new things about their city, Indianapolis, and in the process discover new things about themselves. Read More
Barnes UMC works to extend the relational services offered to the church's community, especially the individuals and families served by their You Feed Them missional food pantry. Read More
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity will bring together Central Indiana churches to build a new home for the Opiew Ojulu and Ojulu Nyigwo family. This family attends Wesley United Methodist Church and are refugees from Ethiopia. Read More
Society of St. Andrew and Grace UMC have partnered for the last 7 years on Potato Drops. Utilizing their relationships with local farmers, Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) will partner with a potato farmer to donate, package and deliver 40,000 pounds of potatoes to Grace UMC on December 21, 2019. Read More
University UMC took a step out in faith in 2019 to work with Faith, Hope and Love Community and launch Feed My Sheep missional food pantry. The pantry's mission is to collaborate with a newtwork of missional food banks in the Indianapolis area to help alleviate hunger. Read More
Sheridan First UMC will be serving hot nutritious meals Monday through Friday during the 10 weeks of summer. They offer a "safe place" for the kids to meet with their friends, where they are offered crafts, activities and a free book to take home each day. At the conclusion of Lunch Club program, the church offers a Back to School Bash with free haircuts and school supplies. Read More
2019 Church & School Collaboration Grants

In July 2019, Metro Ministries, Inc. announced a new grant program focused on church and community collaboration. For the program's first year, churches in the Central District were invited to apply for one of a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 each. The Request for Proposal asked churches to connect with  a school in their community and propose a project or program to support that school's faculty and staff. We are pleased to announce the recipients of these Church and School Collaboration Grants:

  • Christ Indianapolis UMC for Winchester Village Elementary Collaboration, where the Smekens writing program for staff development had been cut from the school’s budget, and the grant will be used to renew the 2019-2020 subscription. This program provides teachers with valuable research-based strategies focused on reading and writing.

 

  • Franklin Grace UMC for “Intersections with Webb Elementary”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) coordination of multi-disciplined event to help teachers and staff better aid children and their families who have experienced trauma; 2) contribute children’s clothing for the school nurse to distribute; and 3) sponsor a Teacher Appreciation event to be held at Webb Elementary.

 

  • Greenfield Otterbein UMC for “Weston Elementary Collaboration”, where the church will forge a new relationship with Weston Elementary through gift cards for teachers to purchase needed supplies, appreciation luncheons and supporting students through read-up and lunch buddies programs.

 

  • Mount Olive Ministries UMC for “Bridgeport Partnership”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) meals for staff during October conference time; 2) provide snacks for staff during ILEARN testing; and 3) take the Sweet Valley Ice Cream Truck to the school one afternoon at the end of the school year.

 

  • Old Bethel UMC for “Trauma Training for Pleasant Run Elementary Staff”, where school staff and administrators will seek training from Dr. Lori Sesautels who specializes in training educators to work with children who have behavioral issues due to trauma. Dr. Sesautels also works with schools to create systems to help students thrive.

 

  • Southport UMC for “Homecroft Elementary Outdoor Classroom”, where an outdoor classroom will be built for both teachers and students to enjoy, as well as provide outdoor space for teachers to eat lunch. Southport intends to involve teachers, students and students’ caregivers in the construction process.

 

  • Trinity Park UMC for “Harris Elementary Support Project”, where each teacher will receive direct support towards supplies and programs for their individual classrooms.

 

  • University UMC for “Crooked Creek Elementary School Project”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) supporting the school’s Peer to Peer staff recognition program; 2) supporting Crooked Creek’s “Minute to Win It” competition between the school’s “houses” (think Harry Potter); and 3) purchase books and incentivize UMW members to be volunteer readers by awarding completion certificates to volunteers and participating students.

 

Metro Ministries, Inc. congratulates and thanks all of these churches for reaching out to their neighboring schools and taking the time to engage and drafting proposals. Way to collaborate with your communities!!!

Felicia Renteria
Scholarship Recipient

Felicia Renteria is a sophomore at Indiana State University. This is Felicia’s second scholarship from the Brookside legacy. We met Felicia last year as an incoming freshman at Indiana State University. She is majoring in Psychology, and her goal is to own her own business as a therapist or social worker. Felicia has followed up with Lisa Morris, Metro Ministries Executive Director, during the year as she completed her freshman year at Indiana State University. Felicia expressed how blessed she was to experience the love of our church family. Following the annoucement, she shared in her recent email, “Thank you so much for the email and opportunity! I'm so thankful for you all!” 

Britney Bailey
Scholarship Recipient

Britney Bailey is a 2018 graduate of Pike High School and an incoming freshman at Purdue University. She was referred to us through Outreach Inc., an east-side organization whose mission is “Equipping and empowering homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation.” Britney’s reaction to our scholarship announcement was, “Wow, thank you all so much! This is such a blessing. I cannot express how thankful I am!”

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