The United Methodist Children’s Home is rebranding its Alabama ministry to Embrace Alabama Kids on March 14, 2021. The same day clocks spring forward, they will be springing forward as a ministry.
After much prayer and consideration, the organization determined its Alabama ministry has outgrown its current name and that “Embrace Alabama Kids” better reflects who they are and what they do. They changed the name of their Northwest Florida ministry a year ago and the success of this change has led to a similar decision to rebrand in Alabama. Under this new name, they will continue paying tribute to their proud 131-year history with the Methodist Church. They will stay true to the intent of their founders’ hearts by embracing vulnerable children, youth, and at-risk families.
Their mission and focus on ministry remain the same: “In response to God’s Word, we embrace and nurture vulnerable children and families by providing homes, healing and hope.”
Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the name change.
Why did UMCH decide to change its name?
After much prayer and consideration, their leadership determined that the organization’s Alabama ministry has outgrown its name and that “Embrace Alabama Kids” better reflects who they are and what they do. The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) is no longer a single, campus-based ministry. Instead, they are a vast network of many programs in many locations providing homes, healing, and hope for vulnerable children, youth and at-risk families (across Alabama and Northwest Florida).
What is UMCH’s relationship with the Methodist Church moving forward?
UMCH’s roots will always tie back to the Methodist Church regardless of the ministry’s name in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Operating under the name Embrace Alabama Kids in Alabama, their mission will remain the same – In response to God’s Word, we embrace and nurture vulnerable children and families by providing homes, healing and hope.
Is this name change in conjunction with the potential church split?
The name change is an effort to better reflect how their Alabama ministry has expanded over the years. It will also help maintain and grow relationships with all expressions of Methodism and other denominations. UMCH has always had a mission that all Methodist churches could agree to support, and they want to continue to partner with all churches of future Methodist expressions should some form of denominational split occur.
Who should I send my check to?
While they will continue to accept checks made out to UMCH, you are encouraged to begin writing your checks directly to Embrace Alabama Kids.