Praying for all the children of the world

INDIANAPOLIS – Whether giving backpacks to children in Newburgh, Indiana, providing for meals in a village in Guatemala or providing needs for a well-baby clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the generous gifts of Hoosier United Methodists continue to provide for the social, physical and spiritual needs of children around the world all during the year through the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children.

In fact this past year, United Methodists from across the state gave more than $133,000 during the 2011 Christmas Offering. Most of those funds were allocated and distributed to more than 20 children’s ministries in Indiana and around the world, to help meet the special needs of children, not just during Christmas, but throughout the year. A small percentage of those funds are used for the promotion of the offering. (See the story in the July-August issue of Together available online at

Christmas offering funds received in 2012 will be allocated by percentage guidelines to meet the needs of children’s ministries in Indiana, throughout the United States and internationally:

  • Indiana United Methodist Conference Camping program will receive 20 percent for first-time campers and children with financial need;
  • Indiana United Methodist–related children and youth homes will receive 30 percent, split three ways to our conference-related children’s homes at United Methodist Youth Home in Evansville, Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen and the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon;
  • Indiana Conference-related Operation Classroom will receive 10 percent to meet children’s needs in Sierra Leone and Liberia;
  • Local Indiana children’s outreach projects will receive 20 percent;
  • Bishop’s reserve fund for emergency children’s projects will receive up to 10 percent;
  • United Methodist Advance Projects (global and national) will receive 10 percent.

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

Materials will soon be sent to all United Methodist congregations across Indiana to help promote this vital offering for children’s ministries. These resources also are available online at

For more information about the Bishop’s Christmas Offering, contact the Rev. LeKisha Reed, associate director of the Indiana Conference Mission and Advocacy Team, at 317-924-1321 or by email at

Bishop’s Christmas Offering