New World UMC brings children to Jesus
by Rev. Lucretia Facen
There is new energy and enthusiasm in the air at New World United Methodist Church in Garland. Long-time member Virgil Horn began pushing for a bus ministry to pick up children from the neighborhood for Sunday School.
It wasn’t the first time the idea had come up but this time, with the assistance of Children’s Director Stacey Hascoe, church trustees and other members, the bus ministry began in September 2017. Children’s Sunday School was revamped to include breakfast, fun free time, small groups and the children’s own worship time. Volunteers from the congregation started driving the church van through local neighborhoods every Sunday morning. As a result, attendance has more than doubled in the children’s Sunday morning program.
“I’m surprised by how well it has caught on, and I’m really excited about it,” Virgil Horn stated. “Before we started, we would have two or three children, five at the most and last Sunday we had 15.”
The church has also had families who have started to attend because of this ministry. Stacey has witnessed the rejuvenating effect this ministry is having. “It’s a miracle how God is using something as simple as transportation to help us reach the community,” she stated. “We are reaching a diverse group of children we would never have connected with who are now bringing their families.”
The congregation celebrated the presence of the children in worship recently when they were prayed for and received personalized bibles.