Ten WNCC Congregations Partner with The Duke Endowment to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina
The Duke Endowment’s Rural Church Summer Literacy Initiative is designed to help United Methodist congregations improve early childhood literacy in North Carolina’s rural communities. The Endowment’s Rural Church program area, which works to strengthen the capacity of churches to serve their communities, has developed and supported the initiative as a measurable, meaningful way for churches to reduce educational inequities and to transform the long-term trajectories of children and families" (Mobilizing Rural Churches to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina, a May 2021 report from Summer Literacy, An Initiative of The Duke Endowment)
In 2019 and 2020, ten congregations in the Western NC Conference partnered with the Summer Literacy Initiative to provide six weeks of literacy instruction with enrichment activities, family engagement, meals, and wrap-around services for students and families in North Carolina's rural communities. They are:
- Boone UMC, Watauga County (Appalachian District)
- Brevard First UMC, Transylvania County (Blue Ridge District)
- Central UMC Stanly County (Uwharrie District)
- Cullowhee UMC, Jackson County (Smoky Mountain District)
- East Bend United, seven churches based at East Bend UMC, Yadkin County (Yadkin Valley District)
- Fairview UMC, Davidson County (Yadkin Valley District)
- Monticello UMC, Iredell County (Appalachian District)
- Morning Star UMC, Haywood County (Smoky Mountain District)
- Sparta UMC, Alleghany County (Appalachian District)
- Wilkesboro UMC, Wilkes County (Appalachian District)
Summer Literacy is still seeking a small number of thriving churches that are already working with their local schools through Congregations 4 Children-type programming to partner with them in ministry. If you think your church might be a good partner with the Summer Literacy Initiative, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Brian Mateer, WNCC Associate Director of Missional Engagement.
Learn more about The Duke Endowment's Rural Church Program and Summer Literacy Initiative.
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The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.