Latham UMC celebrates opening of new Grissom High School by reaching out to the school community in many ways
On August 2, 2017, the new Virgil I. Grissom High School campus in Huntsville opened for students to begin a new school year. Latham United Methodist Church (Northeast District) celebrated the beginning of the school year by rallying to welcome Grissom High School teachers and students in many ways.
On July 31, the congregation held a Campus Blessing Service. They invited members of other churches and the community to come celebrate and bless the newly constructed school building. The service finished with participants leaving a card on each teacher or support person’s door that said, “This room has been prayed for by a member of the Grissom community. Hope you have an awesome school year!”
Prayers will continue throughout the year. Each department at Grissom High has been adopted by a small group at Latham UMC and will be lifted up in prayer throughout the year.
Prior to the start of school, Latham members also packed goody bags for all 107 teachers, complete with staplers, tape, scissors and many other items. They also baked homemade cookies for the entire staff and delivered them on the day teachers reported for work.
The congregation also collected school supplies for students who may not be able to furnish their own. They also minister to students and their families throughout the year by providing backpacks throughout the year with non-perishable food to be given to students who otherwise wouldn't have food over the weekend.
“Finally, on the first day of school, we had the most fun!” explains Susan Terry, Latham UMC’s Minister of Connect and Children.
Knowing a lot of students pass by Latham UMC on their way to Grissom High School, on the first day of school, several church members dressed in school colors, made signs and waved at the students as they passed by the church. Other members reported to the school campus and assisted with traffic.
The congregation is committed that its ministry to the Grissom High School community will continue throughout the school year. One way they plan to do this is by providing tutors to help students catch up with their reading skills during their lunch hour on campus.
On July 31, the congregation held a Campus Blessing Service for the newly constructed school.
Latham members packed goody bags for all 107 teachers.
On August 2, several church members dressed in school colors, made signs and waved at the students as they passed by the church on their way to school. (Click to enlarge photos.)
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