Our Neighbors at Quail Valley
A Story about our Transformative Missions Ministry at Quail Valley
Originally Published in The First Edition - Feb 3, 2015 Issue, cover story
The partnership between Williams Elementary School and FUMC is one of the local focus areas of our transformative mission ministries. The purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Several years ago, we started to reach out to the school’s children, families and staff to build positive and productive relationships, starting with our ongoing Helping Hands Tutoring sessions at the church, in-class tutoring, ESL classes, lunch buddies and a special prayer box for the teaching staff.
More recently, we discovered that many of the students at Williams reside in the Quail Valley neighborhood, which has several multi-family apartment complexes for low-income residents. Except for a large, privately-owned vacant lot, there are no recreational or socialization facilities located on the site.
To address this key need, FUMC has been partnering with the school’s staff, several FUMC Sunday School classes (especially Daily Bread, Foundry and Friendship) as well as The Salvation Army’s Georgetown Service Center to lead a monthly program on Sunday evenings on the surrounding property. These fun and safe family events feature free pizza, drinks and fruit, along with ever-popular kids’ soccer games and complimentary books. Prior to the special Christmas at Quail Valley celebration, members of the FUMC Prayer Partners Team prayerwalked the neighborhood and handed out flyer invitations to the neighborhood. We have also had special guests each month, including pumpkin face-painting, visits from the Georgetown Police, to Santa himself, riding in on a Georgetown Fire Department truck.
As the number of kids and parents that attend each month continues to rise, we can see the trust and joy grow each time. Please join us if you would like a chance to share God’s grace in our own community!
For more information about Transformative Mission Ministries at FUMCGT, contact Ron Swain, Director or (512) 863-2370.