Lexington Blue UMC Youth Serve Gulf Coast Communities
Within days of school dismissing for the summer in early June, more than 300 youth from United Methodist churches across Texas assisted with dozens of community projects throughout the Texas Gulf Coast as a part of The Texas Annual Conference Collide youth leadership program based in Galveston. In addition to participating in a simulation project to raise their awareness of the plight of the homeless, the youth worked in parks, schools, and assisted elderly homeowners in several communities.
For one of the larger projects, about 25 students assisted with mowing, harvesting and watering the plant-a-seed, feed-a-need community garden at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City, Tx. With 200 pounds of vegetables harvested and the shed cleaned and organized, the work day was enormously successful, says St. Christopher’s garden coordinator, Ally Hardick. The donation garden, which began in 2008 on the campus of the Episcopal church, recently surpassed 3000 pounds last spring and benefits families living at or below poverty level in the Clear Lake area.
Headquartered in Houston, The Texas Annual Conference provides leadership support to over 700 churches, 12 Wesley Foundations and several higher education institutions, and many other ministries and outreaches, with the goal of equipping congregations and facilitating the transformation of the world to the glory of God.