he Church has a clothes closet to provide shoes, clothing, diapers, and accessories for children infants through high school. The Klothes for Kids is open on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 when Kingsley Kids is happening during the school year. Donations will be accepted throughout the year.
Kingsley has several ongoing mission projects like donations to the Conference mission programs, supporting missionaries like Steve and Diantha Hodges, now serving in Sudan, and Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee. In addition, we have seasonal projects that begin and end.
One seasonal project is collection and distribution of school supplies for our local schools. We collect them during the summer, capitalizing on “Back to School” sales. When school resumes in August, we share the school supplies with needy children selected by the school staff at the schools in the Bloomingdale area: Kingsley, Innovation Academy, and North Middle School and High School. As more supplies come in, we keep an inventory of supplies at the church to give to the schools throughout the year as needed.
Kingsley Church recently sent the Kitchen of Hope a gift of $750 to help with their renovation, and we sent them 292 pounds of non-perishable food collected from our members and during a recent Vacation Bible School. The Kitchen of Hope is housed in a downtown Kingsport Church and feed about 100 needy people each day.
Another project was the raising of money to build pump water wells for the communities surrounding the UM Churches in the outlying areas of Yei, Sudan. The Conference had a goal to build 19 wells at a cost of about $180,000. Starting in September, 2009, Kingsley and Hermon had a pledge drive, two rummage sales, and hosted a golf tournament. By “Jacob’s Well Celebration Sunday” on May 23, Kingsley and Hermon had raised over $17,000. With the matching funds from the Holston Conference Foundation, the churches presented $22,700 for water wells, nearly enough for three complete wells!