INDIANAPOLIS – The annual Bishop’s Christmas Offering is focused on helping children throughout Indiana and the world to know Christ’s unconditional love through various mission and ministries projects geared to spiritual development and engagement, as well as support through after school programs for learning and advancement.

The 2014 offering was a great success, as funds raised were more than $20,000 higher than the previous year with a total of $148,488. At the beginning of 2015, the Conference Mission Team met to review grant applications from ministries around the world with a focus on the well-being of children and the following groups were selected to receive the proceeds from our 2014 offering:

Organization/Group – Project Name
  • Servant’s Heart Community, Elkhart – Creative Arts Camp
  • Grass Creek UMC, Kwanna – Grass Creek Mission Building
  • Lighthouse Ministry, Ligonier – Lighthouse Scholarships
  • Bethel UMC, Wayne IN – Awana Clubs
  • Mt. Olive Branch UMC, Marion – Mt. Olive Branch Out
  • Point Isabel UMC, Fairmount – Project Resurrection
  • Kentland Trinity Children’s Center – Children’s Center Preschool and After-School Program
  • Wesley UMC, Union City – The Steps Ministry
  • Almighty Blessings Christian Preschool, Knightstown – Preschool Educational Supplies
  • St. Luke’s UMC, Indianapolis – Back to School Extravaganza
  • Angel’s Wings, Inc., Indianapolis – School supplies and clothing for students throughout year
  • Castleton UMC, Indianapolis – SHARE-LT
  • Fletcher Place Community Center, Inc., Indianapolis – Supplies for children and families
  • Brightwood Community Center, Indianapolis – SPARKS Summer Program
  • Wesley UMC, Indianapolis – Wesley Academic Readiness Ministry
  • Hamilton County Kids Coats, Carmel – Hamilton County Kids Coats
  • Plainfield UMC – TNT – Tuesdays ‘n’ Thursdays
  • Brando’s House, Albany – Brandon House Counseling Center
  • Edinburgh UMC – Edinburgh UMC Youth Group
  • Columbus First UMC – Love a Child Scholarships
  • Nashville UMC, Nashville, Ind. – Nashville UMC Parent’s Day Out Ministry
  • Newburgh UMC – Newburgh Preschool
  • Newburgh UMC – Bless the Schools Ministry
  • Indiana United Methodist Women – Mission U Scholarships for children 4-12 and youth 13-17
  • Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana, Ill. – Cunningham Clinton Indiana Church and Community Center
  • Operation Classroom – Operation Classroom, Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone Health and Educational Partners 
  • Fairfield Outreach and Sponsors Association – Fairfield Children’s Home, Mutare, Zimbabwe
  • ILULA Orphan Program, Illula, Tazania
To learn more about any of these programs, please feel free to contact Allison Curts, Assoc. Director Mission and Advocacy at allison.curts@inumc.org.