Wesley United Methodist Church (Covington District) in Ludlow recently finished its first year of a new outreach and discipleship program called Wesley Wednesdays. The congregation wanted to be more missionally involved in the neighborhood, and to do so in a way that was ongoing and consistent. Last fall, they launched "Wesley Wednesdays" a weekly evening program complete with a free meal and Christian Education programs for adults, youth, and children.
A special emphasis was put on reaching out to children, including offering outdoor games for them before the meal. Over the year we've built relationships with around 35 children that had no previous connection to the congregation. Many of those children now consider Wesley "their church."
Ludlow is an urban community, where children walk to school and can also bring themselves to our church. It has been a joy to see so many children, many of whom come from impoverished families, enjoy eating a good meal, get the loving attention of adults, and learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
This spring average attendance by children, youth, and adults at the program was 56 – our Sunday morning average is only 63! It has helped to bring a new sense of mission, vitality and community to our church. The program has been made possible by the love and support and vision of lay people who have given generously of their time and efforts week after week in cooking, cleaning, teaching, and building relationships. We believe the Holy Spirit is at work in our midst - and we can't wait to see how God uses us in our community in the days to come!