A summer ministry in Park View called The Club cared for the physical and spiritual needs of low-income children and their families. More than a dozen children gathered each week at the elementary school in this Scott County community north of Davenport. The experience was in the style of a sidewalk Sunday school with Bible lessons, games, and crafts for the kids to enjoy.
The Eldridge United Methodist Church, in partnership with two Lutheran churches and one Baptist church in the area, provided much of the volunteer support for the initiative. Joyce Orcutt, one of the coordinators of the ministry, said, “I am so blessed by the kids—and the adults and teenagers helping kids know God loves them.”
Apartment children in Park View were the target audience. Their local elementary school has the highest free and reduced lunch program among the five schools in the North Scott School District. Non-perishable foods were given to the children to extend the impact of the ministry to their families throughout the week.
This ecumenical outreach was supported in part by a Matthew 25 grant from the Southeast District made possible with apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches in Iowa.