Creating a Community at Church that Kids Can Call Their Own!
Community United Methodist Church is a rapidly growing church in the I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St. Cloud that strives to provide uplifting spiritual opportunities for people of all ages. At least 452 households live within a half-mile of the church, and 292 additional apartment units are set to open nearby this summer. For families in that area, CUMC’s small playground is the only one in the neighborhood.
Currently, more than 30 children regularly attend Sunday School at CUMC, and the church welcomes more than 100 each summer for Vacation Bible School. Its playground is well-used, but to fully serve the need, the church wants to upgrade and add to its playground equipment.
CUMC believes that a safe place to play is fundamental for the development of healthy children. By providing a proper playground, congregants are showing children that church can be a safe and fun place to be. They hope this will open doors to all the other wonderful things the church has to offer.
Vacation Bible School at CUMC
supports the community by offering fellowship
to more than 100 children each summer.
Where We Have Been
Community United Methodist Church was founded in Monticello in 1855. Our church has a long history of service, including helping to shelter freed slaves as part of the underground railroad and feeding lunches to U.S. Army Aircorp glider pilots being trained during World War II. In June 2000, our congregation moved to a new location, southeast of downtown on a hill that is the highest point in Wright County.
We have always been proud of our church and its continued tradition of helping and serving those in need. Many people in Monticello have said that if you want some help or you want something done, “Call the Methodists.”
CUMC wants to expand and
enhance its small playground.
Where We Are Now
CUMC houses a Christian preschool serving almost 100 children weekly. Our church provides a Wednesday night community supper (free-will offering), which draws people from throughout the community.
We also organize volunteers for the Help Center, Food Shelf, Meals on Wheels, Feed My Starving Children, and nursing home birthday parties. As part of a unique program, members of the congregation act as greeters and hall monitors at the local middle school. Annual CUMC sends groups of adults and youth on mission trips throughout the country to help others and to build better relationships with Christ.
The Spring Call proceeds will help CUMC
build inviting spaces where
children can have fun as they grow.
Where We Want To Go
As our congregation grows and we serve more people from the community, our playground needs to provide additional safe and inviting areas where children and teens can play and make positive memories.
CUMC is committed to creating special spaces that will ignite the interests of children from toddler to high school and encourage them and their parents to join us.
This summer we plan to purchase and install new outdoor playground equipment for children who currently come to your church and those living in the surrounding community.
Our congregation has pledged to match the funds raised through this Spring Call, but we need your help to make this vision become reality!
Please help us provide new playground equipment
for our church and community.