Two churches partner to feed neighbors in Brinkley

The Rev. Bill Thompson of Wesley Chapel UMC Brinkley (seated) and the Rev. Michael Bolin and Lynn Davenport of Salem UMC prepare to welcome attendees of a recent fourth Saturday lunch at Wesley Chapel.  COURTESY PHOTO

The Rev. Bill Thompson of Wesley Chapel UMC Brinkley (seated) and the Rev. Michael Bolin and Lynn Davenport of Salem UMC prepare to welcome attendees of a recent fourth Saturday lunch at Wesley Chapel.
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Wesley Chapel UMC Brinkley and Salem UMC, near the town of Moro, have joined together to minister to residents of Brinkley on the fourth Saturday of each month. The two congregations, one primarily African-American and one primarily Anglo, serve a free lunch to anyone in need of a meal. They have discovered that the neighborhood surrounding Wesley Chapel seems to have more children than adults seeking nourishment through this ministry.

The Revs. Bill Thompson of Wesley Chapel and Michael Bolin of Salem are in prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to successfully reach all of the hungry children within the community.

“One thing for sure, we have learned that partnering together has afforded us the opportunity to be more fruitful in ministry than simply working independently,” Bolin said. “This is another great example of the connectional system within the United Methodist Church.”

These two churches gather at Wesley UMC from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to provide lunch for those who can get to the building on their own. To reach areas where children live without transportation, members of Salem UMC use their church van to deliver lunches.

As summer approaches, Wesley Chapel and Salem UMCs hope to partner with other churches in the community to form cooperative ministries that continue to share the love of God through hospitality.

 

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