I first became a mentor at an elementary school in Tampa.
The church I served at the time was asked to provide mentors to students who could use a bit of extra encouragement. I volunteered and was paired with a fourth grade student named James.
Originally, the commitment was just for the school year.
We met for the next three years.
I even followed James to middle school to continue the mentoring relationship. Why? Because I could see the impact it was having on his life.
I’d meet with this student each week. He’d share about challenges at home or struggles in the classroom and I’d offer advice as best I could. There were times he didn’t want to talk at all and we’d spend his lunch shooting hoops instead.
The consistency of our time together developed a deep trust over time. Simply put, it was deep and meaningful ministry.
Unity has now been asked to provide mentors to Catawba Springs Elementary. I hope you’ll consider serving.
I am hosting an informational meeting this Sunday at 10:30 am in the Meeting Room. This will be a time to ask questions and learn more about the program.
Mentors will be assigned one student for the year. They will meet with the same student for one hour, once a week.
The impact that you can have on a student’s life is tremendous. I know this firsthand.
The co-directors of the program are Cindy Poe and Tracy Alford. You can talk with them if you have any questions.
Don’t forget— we are in the midst of our annual Stewardship campaign.
I hope you’ll turn in an Estimate of Giving Card. We use these estimates to create our 2024 budget.
You can fill out your estimate here: https://unitypres.elvanto.net/form/31381eda-dd5f-4747-a524-dae95c13611d
This Sunday we’ll continue our series on Church Words.
Sunday’s Church Word: Grace.
What is your definition of grace?
See you on Sunday!