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Churches serving schools

Westwood Elementary and Local Church Respond to Family Needs

(Earlier this year, we had the privilege of helping launch this partnership between Westwood Elementary and West Houston Chinese Church. Full story here – reprinted with permission from Spring Branch ISD) In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey’s deluge, teachers and staff at Westwood Elementary took quick steps to assess neighborhood needs for students and families. The school also partnered with nearby West Houston Chinese Church to provide food and clothing to families impacted by flooding. On Sept. 2, Communities in Schools Project Manager Betsabeth Beyk and campus leaders invited families to the campus adjacent Agnes Moffatt Park to have...
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#PartnershipIdeas for the End of the School Year

Q: We’d like to partner with a school, but it’s almost the end of the school year. Can we still help? A: Yes! See below for ideas. (You don’t have to do everything — ask your local school which one(s) they’d like help with!):   Provide breakfast for teachers and students during STAAR testing. Teachers are likely running low on supplies by now and have to buy extras using their own money. Ask if you can help restock. Volunteer at end-of-year parties, spring carnivals, and field trips, or provide snacks or supplies. Many schools give out student awards. Offer to...
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#PartnershipIdeas for Small Churches

Q: We’d like to partner with a school, but our church doesn’t have many people or resources. Can we still help? A: Yes! Here are some ways your church can serve a school no matter what your church size or budget. (Have another idea? Leave a comment below!)   1. PICK ONE THING AND DO IT WELL Ask the school how you can come alongside them in their work; then ask your congregation how they can help. Don’t feel the need to do everything. Start small and then build the partnership. How can you start small? Take the list of...
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#PartnershipIdeas for Church Members Who Work During the Day

Q: We’d like to partner with a school, but our church members work during the day. How can we get involved? A: Great question! Here are some ways volunteers can help with a school no matter where they live or when they work.   CARE PACKAGES FOR TEACHERS Especially in lower income communities, teacher turnover is high due to the challenges that come with student homelessness, hunger, and other domestic situations. These schools are also often under-resourced which requires teachers to either go without resources or pay for supplies themselves. Your youth group, kids ministry, small groups, women’s ministry, and...
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2016 Year-End Letter from the Chairman

On Wednesday, December 7, approximately 70 people gathered to celebrate Loving Houston’s achievements in 2016 and to look forward to the year ahead. Highlights for the year included 16 workshops (compared to 5 in 2015) that were attended by close to 450 people representing 181 churches. As a result of these workshops in 2015 and 2016, 25 new church-school partnerships have already started and an additional 14 are at some stage of development. That is good news indeed, but still leaves much work to be done to achieve our long-term goal of every school in Greater Houston with a church...
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Houston ISD and Klein ISD are looking for church partners!

Did you know? When we talk with Christians about how Loving Houston equips churches to serve schools, we often hear: “Churches are allowed to serve schools?” When we talk with school districts and school staff about how we equip churches to serve schools, we often hear: “That’s great! That makes so much sense!” Guess what, Church? We are allowed to serve schools. In fact, they’re asking us to serve! We’re getting ready to kick off a series of events that could be pivotal in the short history of Loving Houston. On 8/16, Klein ISD is hosting an Equipping Session so...
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A Real Life Example of The Gospel Next Door

Churches all across Greater Houston are joining Jesus in His work around the world AND right here in our city. We hope you’ll be encouraged and inspired by Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s journey! CEPC’S Missional Foundation A commitment to Missions has always been an integral part of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church (CEPC). Everything they do is rooted in a strong Biblical foundation, and their commitment to missions is no exception. Members give generously of their tithes, time, and talent out of gratitude for the richness of God’s grace and mercy. The Tumaini Children’s Village in Kenya that CEPC founded is...
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Following Jesus Right Where You Are

Making time to listen and love right where we are is so important in times like these. Check out this beautiful excerpt from our friend Marty Troyer’s book, The Gospel Next Door, Following Jesus Right Where You Are: “Thousands of churches, families, and missional communities are following Jesus right where they are and are being transformed along with their neighborhoods. “Ordinary Christians are putting their faith into practice- taking Jesus seriously, joining God in healing their neighborhoods, and refusing to remain silent about what they’ve witnessed. “This story does not come naturally to most of us. Most of us inherited...
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