Liberty UMC receives grant for tutoring program

imagePam Simmons described the program as “a creative opportunity for senior adults to stay active while helping the children and youth who are struggling in school to stay focused.”

And to help launch the new Wednesday night tutoring program at Liberty United Methodist Church in Eupora , Simmons wrote and the church received a grant for $1,000 from the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

According to the grant proposal, the Wednesday Night Bible Study classes will provide a tutoring program for students K-12 grades and social time for senior adults (ages 60 +).

“Retired educators and other volunteers will assist students who are falling behind and those who need extra help understanding classroom curriculum and homework,” Simmons said in the grant proposal. “Volunteers will include senior adults who will interact with students in recreational and ‘let’s learn from each other’ type activities.”

Funding sources for this new program will be used to provide a computer lab, with at least five computer stations, and a large area for films and movies, educational games, and school supplies for all participants. Snacks, transportation and a meal will also be provided for all participants. Classes and all activities are open for the community.

Simmons said the program will continue during the summer to reinforce academic studies, and physical fitness activities will be included during the summer classes.

“I, and my church family, are very grateful to God for what He is doing at Liberty UMC,” said Rev. Rochelle Minor, pastor at Liberty UMC. “This grant will help the children and youth in our community get the help they really need.  We thank God for the Conference and their willingness to help Liberty to continue to do ministry in our neighborhood.”

Starkville District Superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson said the Starkville District is “so proud of the churches that received mission grants from the annual conference.”

“One of the churches that received a grant, designates as a Glory Sighting Church is Liberty United Methodist Church in Eupora,” Jackson said. “This church, under the leadership of Rev. Rochelle Minor, has blossomed into a spirit filled, community-centered church. This is evidenced by the church creating an After School Tutorial Program for children. I salute Liberty U. M. Church.”

Additional funding is needed to create the computer lab and media center. For more information about the tutoring program and/or to find ways to help, contact Rev. Minor at or contact the church at (662) 258-7753.


This story was published in the January 23, 2015 edition of The Starkville UMC District newsletter at 1-23-15 newsletter

See this story in the February 4, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at


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