INDIANAPOLIS – In a recent letter to Indiana’s more than 1,100 United Methodist congregations, Bishop Mike Coyner wrote, “Thank you for your participation in the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. This past year, we received more than $125,000 for children’s ministries here in Indiana, across the United States and around the world.
“We continue to see an increase in the amount received for this offering and I am encouraged by your continuous generosity that gives hope to children. Again, 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. Christmas without children would be unfathomable.”
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 direct ties to Indiana making their outreach even more special to us.
As in the past, 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. They include:
- Indiana Conference Camping program will receive 20 percent to go to first-time campers and children in need;
- The three Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes will receive 20 percent;
- Local outreach projects will receive 20 percent;
- United Methodist Advance Projects (national and global) will receive 20 percent;
- Bishop’s fund for emergency children’s projects and the promotion of this offering will receive 20 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 Indiana Conference Advance Specials list.
Hopefully, this year we can continue with our generosity to children’s ministries. A report of the past year’s funds was published in the September-October issue of The Hoosier United Methodists Together conference newspaper, available online at www.inumc.org/together. A sampling of thank you notes from some of these groups is available here.
Coyner wrote to each church, “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.”
Now is a good time for congregations to decide whether or not they wish to participate in the 2013 Bishop’s Christmas Offering. Promotional materials for the offering are being distributed to each congregation across the Indiana Conference in November, as well as posted on the conference website at www.inumc.org.
For more information about the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children, contact Allison Curts, associate director of the Indiana Conference Mission and Advocacy Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am encouraged by your continuous generosity that gives hope to children.”
– Bishop Mike Coyner
Photo courtesy Impact 2818
Youth climb a wall during Indiana Conference’s Impact 2818 summer camping ministry. Indiana Conference Camping program will receive 20 percent to go to first-time campers and children in need.