Advent Sparks Light at Methodist Family Health

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care, Methodist Family Health I have a pretty unpopular opinion. Unlike what feels like 95% of the population, Christmas is not my favorite holiday. I’m more of an Easter kind of girl. Give me spring, give me pastels and coconut candy and dyed eggs, not to mention the […]

Group Home Growth Because of Donors, Supporters

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care, Methodist Family Health Methodist Family Health’s therapeutic group homes are the foundation on which the Methodist Family Health continuum of care was built. Many may be familiar with our homes around the state as our organization began in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage. Caring for Arkansas’s […]

Sharing God’s Hope With Children and Their Families at Methodist Family Behavioral Hospital

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care, Methodist Family Health According to MethodistFamily.org, “Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle is home to the acute (short-term) and subacute (longer-term) inpatient programs in the Methodist Family Health continuum of care. Methodist Behavioral Hospital offers the most intensive level of care in our continuum.” As the director of pastoral care, I […]

Back to School Means Back to Change for Children — and Adults

contributed by Kelli Reep, Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 Didn’t kids just get out of school for the summer? Immediately after the […]

Making Brighter Days for Arkansas’s Abandoned, Abused, Neglected Children

contributed by Kelli Reep, Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health For 120 years, Methodist Family Health has been ministering to the state’s abandoned, abused, and neglected children and their families. Our genesis was at the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, which was established in a two-story framed house on three lots in downtown Little Rock. Its purpose […]

Camp Tanako Provides Traditional Summer Experience for Arkansas Foster Children

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care at Methodist Family Health Whether your memories of summer camp are real or formed from what you saw in movies, most of us know what summer camp is about. S’mores. Canoeing. Crafts. Bunk beds. Swimming. But there is a segment of kids who have never heard of […]

MFH Provides Ample Opportunity for Healing After Personal Loss

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care at Methodist Family Health Kaleidoscope Grief Center was another program of Methodist Family Health of which I was unfamiliar upon starting my position, but there is some fantastic ministry and healing taking place here. This program includes therapy and support groups for both parents and children who […]

Getting Up and Giving Back

contributed by Nathan Kilbourne, Senior Pastor of First UMC Jacksonville Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide […]

How Methodist Family Health rebuilds the lives of Arkansas children, families

contributed by Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral Care at Methodist Family Health Having been an Arkansan and Methodist since 2011, I have heard of Methodist Family Health for the past several years, but I will admit that I did not have a very comprehensive understanding of the different facilities and programs that were available to […]

To receive a child is to receive Christ himself

contributed by Michael Mattox, Senior Pastor of First UMC Rogers As we “recover” from the hectic holiday frenzy – shopping, celebrations, decorations, gifts and meals – and look at these first days of the New Year – I’m reminded that at their core is the beckoning of a new beginning; a new beginning in the […]