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Youth Ministries Leadership Team

Pastors: Tom Goodell & Ana Harrell

Wednesday Nights

Voyagers (K-2nd): Brandi Gathe, Tom Goodell, Jaclyn Clay & Sharon Mueller
Curriculum: Child's Book of Virtues
Meets at Parkview Free Methodist Church

Trailblazers (3rd-4th): Samantha Crothers, Amanda Milam,
Sarah Vu       Curriculum: Child's Book of Virtues
Meets at Family Center

Ignite (5th-6th): Mark & Lisa Burnam
Curriculum: Self created
Meets at Family Center

EPIC (7th-8th): Kelly Clark, Ana Harrell, Jason Clay, Joe Vanzo
Curriculum: Orange
Meets at Family Center

Sunday Nights

IMPACT (9th-12th): John Harrell, John & Tina Kaiser
Curriculum: The Bible Project
Meets at Family Center

 
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First United Methodist Preschool

Discovery Years

We offer an exceptional preschool experience for children 2-5 years old. We prepare them to enter Kindergarten with a sound academic readiness. Our program offers Biblical teachings along with fun and educational experiences. Why choose us? Here are a few reasons!

*Full time and part time enrollment

*Building updates to always keep us current and kid friendly

*A new playground

*An advanced security system

*Licensed through DCFS

*All staff are CPR and First Aid certified

*A professional, experienced staff provide a loving, safe environment

*Seasonal programs

*Indoor playroom for the development of large and small motor skills

*Small center offering more personal and individualized care

*Parents welcome anytime

*Established in 1980...over 40 years in business...and

*WE LOVE KIDS!

For more information, click the link below to visit the preschool's website.

 

United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men meet on the first Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 6:00p with a home cooked meal followed by a devotional. A brief business meeting follows the devotional.


The main Christian service project that the Methodist Men support each year is "Coats and Shoes" for the less fortunate students in our surrounding schools. This project started many years ago to help the less fortunate students of Vandalia Schools. The United Methodist Men serve nearly 350 students in all Fayette County School Districts and Mulberry Grove. The annual United Methodist Men Fish Dinner held in November is the main funding source for the Coats and Shoes.


In addition, the United Methodist Men support many other worthwhile causes such as Operation Christmas Child,  local food bank, etc. In March of each year, the United Methodist Men hold a Pancake and Sausage Dinner to help support these other worthwhile projects/needs.


United Methodist Men strive to know Jesus Christ, to grow spirituality and to seek daily his will. The United Methodist Men's intent is to grow as Christians and be a supportive fellowship of men.

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Operation Christmas Child

First United Methodist Church of Vandalia has been packing shoeboxes for 20+ years, and we have served as the drop-off location during National Collection Week for the past 13 years.


What Is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham. OCC collects gift-filled shoeboxes the third week of November during National Collection Week and delivers them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in desperate situations around the world.


Who Does this?
People of all ages are encouraged to pack a box filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and toys for impoverished children around the world.


Why do this?
Every day boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disasters. Children are able to experience God’s love through gift-filled shoeboxes. These gifts open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ by working in and through the local churches in each of the countries from which they are delivered. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…” (Matthew 19:14)

Every shoebox gift is an excellent resource for evangelism and discipleship, which leads to more new believers and churches around the world.


Shoebox Outreach Events

Christians in the countries where the distributions will take place are taught to host an outreach event. They are taught how to organize the event, share the Gospel, and invite the children to participate in a follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.


The Greatest Gift

Before children receive their boxes, they hear the Gospel and receive a booklet called The Greatest Gift, which explains the message of salvation. This storybook shares 11 scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ.


The Greatest Journey

Children are invited to attend a 12-week discipleship program, which includes Bible stories and scripture memorization, and they learn how to follow Christ in their daily lives. They are encouraged to share what they learn with their family and peers and in turn these people share it as well.


EVANGELISM, DISCIPLESHIP, AND MULTIPLICATION OF NEW BELIEVERS BEGIN WITH THE PACKING OF A SHOEBOX.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Jill Zimmer (618-326-8363)
bjzimmer@frontiernet.net