Kentucky Conference (AMEZ) Puts “Faith in Action” for Children
The Kentucky Conference of the AMEZ Church has been active with five major projects as part of their Campaign for Children in Poverty. First, in partnership with Wayside Christian Mission (www.waysidechristianmission.org), the Conference gathered toys, clothing, and supplies. The Conference’s volunteers helped parents in selecting Christmas gifts for their children. Over 2000 children received gifts and needed assistance. >Second, a diaper campaign was hosted by St. John’s AMEZ Church in Bardstown, KY. Third, clothing and supplies were donated to the Haven House Homeless Shelter in Jeffersonville, IN. Fourth, over $500 worth of blankets was given to The Center For Women and Families (www.thecenteronline.org) in Louisville.
These activities were culminated with a March 17 “Children’s Sabbath” worship service where the guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Marian McClure Taylor who is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. The theme of the service was “A Network of Caring”; Dr. Taylor’s sermon on “An Advanced Level of Compassion” spoke to the service’s emphasis on putting faith in action.
All of these activities are indebted to AMEZ churches in the Conference and to the Campaign Committee chaired by Rev. Lillie Grinter (Conference Liaison). Future projects include collaborating with the Children’s Defense Fund, providing and blessings backpacks for school children, and serving Brooklawn for the Homeless.