2012 Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children

November 2012

Dear Hoosier United Methodists,

One of the blessings of being Bishop of Indiana for the past eight years has been seeing the Children’s Christmas Offering grow during that time. Your continuous generosity has given hope to children through this special offering to children’s ministries here at home and around the world. Please join with me in praying for the children of our world both far and near. Pray also with the children of your family, your church and your community.

And secondly, join with me in giving to the Indiana Conference Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children to help meet their special needs through children’s ministries. Children around the world suffer and die due to malaria in Africa, armed conflicts in the Middle East and even poverty here in the United States. The Conference Mission Team has prayed for and chooses ministries to improve and give hope to the lives of children. Many of these ministries have ties to Indiana making their outreach even more special to us.

Christmas offering funds received this year will be allocated by percentages. The offering will be divided to help meet the needs of these children’s ministries.

  • Indiana United Methodist Conference Camping program will receive 20 percent to go to first-time campers and children with financial need;
  • Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes will receive 30 percent;
  • Indiana Conference-related Operation Classroom will receive 10 percent;
  • Local children’s outreach projects will receive 20 percent;
  • Bishop’s reserve fund for emergency children’s projects will receive 10 percent;
  • United Methodist Advance Projects (global and national) will receive 10 percent.

Programs supported by this offering are selected by the Conference Mission Team and approved by the Conference Special Offering Committee. These ministries are among those endorsed by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries or on the Conference Advance Specials list.

This past year more than $100,000 was received and distributed by Hoosier United Methodists through United Methodist channels. Hopefully, this year we can continue with our generosity to children’s ministries. Thank you for your continuous generosity.

As your congregation celebrates Advent and Christmas, please include in those celebrations the Indiana Conference Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. On behalf of the children in whose lives this offering will make a difference, I thank you.

Grace and peace,
Bishop Michael J. Coyner

Making a difference in Indiana and around the world.