The Woodlands United Methodist Church Brings Hope to the Community
THE WOODLANDS, TX – “Hope grows; when you plant seeds of hope, when you share it, it multiplies,” said Susan Kent, Pastor of Women's Ministry and Worship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. TWUMC wishes to spread that message and uplift the community during these trying times through their new campaign, Hope Lives Here.
As of this past weekend, community members can now pick up yard signs, adorned with the campaign slogan, to place in front of their homes. The church’s wish is that this simple gesture may serve as a message, a calling, and a reminder that through uncertainty, hope is still alive, and resides close by.
“We have two main goals here,” said Rev. Kent. “One, is to empower and encourage our community and neighbors to speak words of hope and to be beacons of hope … but then also, we know that there are real problems in our community. We need to really focus in on those ministries that we have as a church that are specifically going to be helpful to meet the need that is right now.”
The Woodlands United Methodist Church offers many support programs, such as re|engage, a place where married couples can connect and foster their relationship; Job Ministry, which offers guidance for those suffering job loss; Financial Peace University, to help guide personal financial goals with God in mind; Community Christian Legal Aid Clinic, to provide assistance for at-risk individuals in need of legal services; Racial Reconciliation, which includes classes, panels and conversation groups to discuss how to make a difference; and Recovery Group, a space for fellowship with those who share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem.
The church also offers emotional counseling, pastoral counseling, prayer requests, children and student programs, bible study, home groups, discipleship groups, and online worship services, as well as missions support, where one can find opportunities to serve.
Highlighting these ministries is an anticipated effect of the yard signs, but so is the aspiration that the spread of hope may lift the cloud of heaviness from the shoulders of families, neighbors, and friends.
“We believe that hope comes, it’s not just an emotion, it’s not just something we wish for, but hope is about a belief. Hope is about a mindset, and so we know that hope can give us strength within our circumstances,” Rev. Kent said.
Hope Lives Here signs can be picked up at the church's office.
For further information, visit TWUMC’s website.