The recipient of the Spotlight On…Award for June goes to Hanging Out! Here’s a little more information about Hanging Out, a ministry of Everman UMC. Be sure to check the list and see how you can help!
We are located across the street from the Everman High School and down the street from their ninth grade campus. For the last three years we have been ministering to the students through something we call “Hangin’ Out.” Twice a week we open our Fellowship Hall to the students from 3:30 to 5:30. We provide bread, peanut butter, jelly, and lemonade. Sometimes other treats are donated. The students “hang out” and eat, have fellowship and wait for their rides or just pass time before going home. The idea came from a previous pastor and a church member during the spring semester of the 2008-09 school year. They went over after school and told some of the students about the free food and some of them started coming over, slowly at first.
By the end of the school year there were between 25 and 35 students coming over and the church volunteers figured they could handle the pace for the next year. Right after the fall semester began, and just before I arrived in October, an Email was sent out by the layperson involved. They had 75 kids that day! Since then, the growth has been phenomenal.
Last year’s average topped out at 100 each day twice a week. Last November we had a day with 196 students, and we ended the 2011-2012 school year averaging between 150 and 180. We have had many days with over 200 students, and aour record is a whopping 223.
We receive many donations, but it is never completely enough to cover the expenses we incur through this ministry. Our expenses are for:
Grape and Strawberry jelly
Creamy and Crunchy peanut butter
Country Time Lemonade
Paper plates, cups, napkins
Volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays are always welcome!
Any contributions would be gratefully received and put to good use in ministering to our community.
Pastor, Richard Klemm