As we welcome the Christmas season, we are reminded of those who are faced with the realities of life and are ill-equipped and underserved to do so. Across societies, children are, more often than not, the most vulnerable. The Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children is a yearly giving opportunity to support ministries around the world with a heart for serving children.
In his message to the Indiana Conference regarding the importance of the Christmas Offering, Bishop Julius C. Trimble states,
“I’m sure each of us could think of, and share stories of persons who impacted us during our childhood through the types of programs the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children seeks to fund. It is through this legacy that I pray you will continue to bless this ministry with your offering.“
Funds collected through the Christmas Offering provide support to programs like “Como Saludable” or “I Eat Healthy,” a weekly program that provides a hearty and nutritious meal to children each week through Mission Guatemala, a long-standing partner with the Indiana Conference. “I know many of our Clergy and Laity have been personally impacted by and could share glory sightings about this organization and the good work they do,“ said the bishop.
Through the kindness and generosity of people like you, the Indiana Conference can impact young lives by strengthening programs and ministries like IMPACT 2818 Camp & Outdoor ministries, children and youth homes, local outreach projects, The Advance projects, the Bishop’s fund for emerging children’s projects, and so much more.
We invite you to share the news about the Christmas Offering with friends throughout your community. Downloadable resources have been made available for you to share across social media platforms, as well as your local church. Resources like PowerPoint slides, bulletin inserts, a video message from Bishop Trimble, engaging images, children’s sermon starters, allow you to share the news of the Christmas Offering with those who need to hear it the most. You can find these resources at inumc.org/BCO18.