The people of the Polk City United Methodist Church have reached a dozen children outside of their church family through their after-school program.
The local elementary school is across the street from the church building. Each Wednesday after school the church opens its doors for the children of the community. Thirteen children from the congregation have been a part of the ministry, and twelve more kids who have never been to the church before also participate.
Twelve members of the church have helped with the program throughout the past year. In addition, several high school youth have lead music, crafts, and games.
The Imagine No Malaria initiative was a featured activity in their after-school program. It exposed the children to our commitment to global health as United Methodist people in Iowa. An offering for the ministry provided the children an opportunity to help solve a big problem in our world.
Matthew 25 funds from a Central District grant were used to purchase equipment and supplies for the ministry in 2013. These monies were made possible from apportionment gifts from local churches throughout the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.