Change a Child's Story News

Unique location opens unique ministries

Unique location opens unique ministries

2/17/2017

The Marquisville United Methodist Church is uniquely situated on the North side of Des Moines. The small church is located on NE 14th Street—a busy main road that intersects Interstate 80—in the middle of an industrial area. Some may see this as an odd location, but Marquisville’s congregants have embraced its unique situation to reach out to the ...


Change a Child's Story in Five Minutes (or Less)

Change a Child's Story in Five Minutes (or Less)

2/15/2017

Is your congregation looking for a way to generate some interest in Change a Child’s Story?  Panora UMC received a $500 donation from the Panora Lion’s Club to purchase children’s books. Pastor Bev Marshall-Goodell decided not to spend any of the Lion’s Club donation until the congregation contributed at least another $500. On Sunday, January 22, ...


Change a Child's Story Reports from churches

Change a Child's Story Reports from churches

2/3/2017

Delhi United Methodist Church The "Change A Child's Story" literacy project had a good year. It has been well received by the community. We began the project back in November 2015 when we accepted the United Methodist Conference's challenge to "give books and give time" to children to promote literacy, specifically to underprivileged children. Our ...


Change a Child's Story October Update

Change a Child's Story October Update

10/11/2016

By now every church in the state should have received a folder full of information to get their church on board with the Poverty to Opportunity Initiative known as Change a Child’s Story. If your church has not received the mailing please contact Patty at patty.link@iaumc.org   Change a Child’s Story has been busy the last few months trying to get ...


Change a Child's Story pairs up with United Way

Change a Child's Story pairs up with United Way

6/27/2016

On June 21, 2016, Change a Child’s Story Initiative paired up with United Way of Central Iowa to host a Literacy Solstice Event.  From sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year the United Way hosted events around Central Iowa to make literacy kits for kids and to read to kids in the Boys and Girls Club.   As part of the Bishop’s ...


AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

6/6/2016

Clint Twedt-Ball, team member of the Change a Child’s Story team asked Bishop Trimble during 2016 Iowa Annual Conference, “A year ago when we talked, you said that our goal should be to get 100% of the churches on board with Change a Child’s Story. Do you still believe that we can reach that audacious goal of 100% participation?” “Yes!” Bishop ...


Local Church Helps Change a Child’s Story

Local Church Helps Change a Child’s Story

5/25/2016

This week, every student at Hillis Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa will go home with five brand-new books of their very own thanks to the generosity of Immanuel United Methodist Church. Thanks to a matching grant from the Educational Development Corporation, Immanuel UMC is purchasing reading-level appropriate books for every student. The ...


Advocate for Change a Child's Story Initiative

Advocate for Change a Child's Story Initiative

4/28/2016

On April 25, 2016, Patty Link began work for the annual conference as the Advocate for the Change a Child’s Story Initiative. She will be working half-time for the next sixteen months to provide strategic support and resourcing to the Change a Child’s Story team, so that the conference’s efforts to improve early childhood reading proficiency can be...


An Update from Change a Child's Story

An Update from Change a Child's Story

4/22/2016

Cherie Miner, a member of Grant United Methodist Church, is part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity Taskforce, which has led to the creation of Change a Child’s Story. This initiative, which has recognized that educating young children is one of the best ways to ultimately keep them out of poverty, is dedicated to providing kids with books and ...


Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

4/22/2016

Rev. Jena Manchester, pastor of St. John’s UMC in Mapleton, was collecting books for the Change A Child’s Story initiative to take to the Annual Conference when she started thinking about what those books might be able to do to help people in her own community. “I was praying about what could we do with the books -- how can we change a child’s ...


Books, Books and More Books

Books, Books and More Books

3/18/2016

Trinity UMC Fort Dodge Changes a Child’s Story Jeff Becker knew his church could change a child’s story and as the chairperson of the mission committee at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he is used to challenges. During this past Advent, it dawned on him how it could be done. Pastors Ron Kitterman and Mike Willer had asked ...


Fighting poverty with kid's books and quality time

Fighting poverty with kid's books and quality time

6/11/2015

“We estimate that there are  8,947 fourth graders reading below grade level and there were 80,000 under the age of 10 that are behind in reading,” reveals Clint Twedt-Ball of the Poverty to Opportunity Task Force, an initiative that aims to reach out to every one of those kids on behalf of the United Methodist Church. Clint was just at the 2015 ...