Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sedge Garden Methodist's Orphan Care/Adoption Ministry

The Adoption/Orphan Care Ministry of Sedge Garden United Methodist Church began two years ago. The ministry was formed of not only parents who have adopted but of individuals who have a sensitivity to the need and a heart to serve. There are three components of this ministry at this time:

Adoption Grant Program: This is to help ease the financial challenge of adoption.
Orphan Care: Supporting organizations that directly provide aid to orphans such as medical care, surgeries, nutrition, clothing etc.
Resource and Mentoring: There are members who have adopted domestically and internationally who are willing to offer support and or mentoring to those seeking to adopt or in the process of adoption

In November, Adoption awareness month, the ministry participated in Sedge Garden’s Mission Tree program, a program in which a tree is decorated to represent a mission project each month. They made a paper doll chain, added colorful clothes and used them as garland. Each doll highlighted a different agency, all pertaining to adoption or children’s ministry, and the members had a chance to choose an agency they wanted their donation to go to. There were several options such as Caroline’s Promise, Angel Covers, The United Methodist Children’s Home and Smile Train. The donations they received helped with the cost of a camcorder for Caroline’s Promise, sent baby cribs, bouncers, and formula through Angel Covers and was able to provide enough money to go towards one or two lip/palate surgeries with Smile Train.

Also in November, Caroline’s Promise choir performed two songs in a special program at the church. One of the church members, who had been adopted herself, sang a beautiful solo called “The Arms of Love”.

This ministry has also written a book called “How We Came to be Family”. The book contains stories of adoption from individuals and or families within their church. In the past year they have developed By Laws, a Mission Statement, a grant procedure and application but they are in the beginning process of raising funds to begin the grant process. They have also developed a bulletin insert for their church with orphan/adoption facts. At the bottom of the inserts are a place that some one can donate in honor of or in memory of children who are to dear to them. They are planning several events in the upcoming year for orphan care.

What is your church doing to care for orphans? Caroline's Promise would love to help you organize an orphan care/adoption ministry. Everyone can do something!

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