Church members reach out to “treat” McClernand students


Thanks to great participation by our congregation, more than 200 children from McClernand Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood were served in a socially-distanced Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween afternoon. The kids received treat bags that included some candy, a “Jesus in the Fall” coloring book, crayons, and a bookmark.

The Trunk-or-Treat was made possible when many of the congregation in attendance on the Sunday before Halloween helped to put together all of the treat bags following the morning service. Several volunteers then showed up at the Halloween afternoon event to help set up the parking lot at the Springfield Art Association and to help hand out the treat bags.

Through the Missions Council, our church has “adopted” McClernand Elementary School as a Safe Families school to help the students there in a number of ways, including providing headphones for the school Chromebooks used in remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have the ability to help make a difference in the lives of these students and families of McClernand School,” said Senior Pastor Roger Grimmett. “The Trunk-or-Treat was just one small example of providing some fun and relief for students in this difficult COVID environment. But there are so many other ways we can help change lives. I am really proud of how our congregation is willing to reach outside the walls of our church to help people in our community.”

How can you help?

We also are looking for volunteers to help with parent mentoring, running errands for single working parents, and student tutoring. Training will be provided for volunteers. Anyone willing to volunteer is asked to contact Mike Chamness.