Tuesday, may 29 - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

North Alabama United Methodist Annual Conference has Ministry with the Poor as one of the conference priorities. The city of Birmingham is surrounded by several communities that are struggling with poverty at different levels. QaudW interns will work in two worksites; East Lake United Methodist Church and Restoration United Methodist Church Mission. These churches will give you and the other interns an opportunity to explore different ministries of these congregations especially the opportunity to work with young people during their summer programs and connect with communities that partner with these churches.

East Lake United Methodist Church and P.E.E.R., Inc. are located in the South East Lake neighborhood. South East Lake is a diverse, low-income neighborhood in the eastern area of Birmingham, Alabama.  East Lake United Methodist Church has been an active congregation in South East Lake for over 125 years.  Our call within the community is to be "in the neighborhood for good!"  P.E.E.R., Inc. is a 501c3 connected to the church that aims to empower its community for healthy living, learning, and working including a youth summer feeding program, educational community garden, Bible studies with neighborhood youth, and a Saturday farmer’s market. 

Restoration UMC Mission located in the western section of Birmingham, has engaged in ministry with the poor for twenty-nine years.  Under the umbrella of the mission are multiple ministries, such as: Dream Garden, Inc., an out of school time outreach to children and youth of the community; The Bread of Life Food Ministry is a ministry that distributes groceries each week on a first come, first serve basis. Dream Garden is the highlight for Restoration during summer and this is a great opportunity for interns to connect with the young people and the neighborhood.

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