By Sarah Naron
CROCKETT – In an effort to perpetuate the goal “to provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults,” a chapter of the U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) will be marching into Crockett this summer.
According to Todd Harris, Director of Student Ministries for Christ Church Sugar Land, approximately 120 students are set to arrive in Crockett on Sunday, June 10 and will be staying at First United Methodist Church in Crockett until Saturday, June 16.
“What we do is, we provide simple home repairs like decks and porches – wheelchair ramps are actually our speciality,” Harris explained. “We do minor repairs, and it’s for free. We would love to get the word out to people that need help with home repairs to try to see what we might could do to help them out.”
Those interested in proposing projects to the U.M. ARMY are encouraged to contact Harris at 281-690-4746.
“That will ring right into my office in Sugar Land,” he said. “Or, if they want to go visit with the church at First United Methodist Crockett, I think there’s always somebody there until around noon every day. They can go speak with the pastor or the secretary there.
“All they need to do is kind of give us a snapshot of what they’re needing done to their house,” Harris continued. “And then, we’ll send some people out to do a quick examination of the house to make sure it falls under the scope of work that we’re able to do.”
Electrical, plumbing and roofing jobs are not eligible for completion by the U.M. ARMY.
“The major thing is, they have to be an owner of the house, or the owner of the house has to authorize the repairs,” Harris said. “So, if they’re a renter or something like that, we have to deal with the owner.”
All projects should be submitted by the first of June, Harris said.
According to Harris, Crockett is an area which has previously been serviced by the U.M. ARMY.
“U.M. ARMY has a history of serving in Crockett for – I think – the last 10 or 12 years or more,” Harris explained. “We will definitely be back again. This summer, our church is one of the churches that are heavily involved in it.”
During their time in Crockett, the U.M. ARMY will be hosting a worship service at FUMC Crockett open to residents of the community.
“We would love to have the entire community come out and have worship with us,” Harris said. “The kids will sing, and it’s just a fun night to be a part of. That will be Thursday night (June 7) at around 7 p.m.”
For more information, contact Harris or FUMC Crockett or visit www.umarmy.org.
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