Thanks to your apportionment dollars 17 ministries in the Northern Illinois Conference received Creative Ministries Grants from the Program Council totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth caught in the middle of gang war, to name just a few.

“We are grateful to our local churches for their creativity and coming up with programs and new ways to reach out to their communities with life-changing, life-giving ministries,” said Rev. Chris Winkler, Program Council Chair.

Congratulations go out to the following 2015 Creative Ministry Grant Recipients:

  • Kids Zone Children’s Club (Cosmopolitan UMC)
  • Peace Formation & Restorative Justice Camp (United Church of Rogers Park)
  • Youth Outreach Evangelism(Greenstone UMC) Click here for slides
  • State of At Risk Children in Metro Chicago (ChildServ)
  • Creative Platforms Project for Immigrants (Jesus Love Korean UMC)
  • Emanuel Music Academy (Emanuel UMC)
  • Dia de Amistad – Day of Friendship Camp (Spanish as a Second Language)
  • Kids R.O.C.K. (Maple Park UMC)
  • Refugee Women’s Center(Berry UMC, Refugee One, LOOM)
  • Fun Tuesday As we Recover God’s Creation in Us (Milledgeville UMC)
  • Logan Square Social Justice Ministry Center (Humboldt Park UMC)
  • Sherman Children & Youth Learning/Development Center (Sherman UMC)
  • Homeless Student Paper Angel Closet (New Life UMC)
  • Off the Street Hangout (Olivet UMC)
  • School Stuff and Shots (New Hope UMC)
  • Senior Resources and Information Outreach (Women of Trinity, Trinity UMC)
  • Asamblea de las Familias Unidas (Adalberto UMC)

As reports and evaluations from these grant recipients come in, they will be posted on this page.

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