Small churches, big impact

Help hungry kids across Arkansas through the Fill-A-Bag Ministry

Nearly 69 percent of United Methodist congregations in Arkansas—449 of 653 churches—have an average fewer than 50 persons in worship. But small congregations truly can make a big impact.

There is at least one United Methodist congregation in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties. And there are hungry children in every one of those counties, too.

As of the end of 2016, about 45 percent of Arkansas UMCs reported being involved with the 200,000 Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger initiative. If your church is still looking for a way to participate, the new Fill-A-Bag Ministry provides a great way to start making a difference in the lives of children in your community.

Every church will soon be receiving a letter detailing how to become involved in the Fill-A-Bag Ministry. Additional information will be available at Annual Conference. If you are interested in learning about this opportunity to meet the needs of hungry children, contact Mary Lewis Dassinger at or 501-425-9049.