Our congregation reaches out to others with the love of Christ through our giving and our service. We support a number of United Methodist mission agencies throughout the year, with special offerings during Lent and Advent. We are a small congregation with a BIG heart for missions!
Whiz Kids Tutoring
Our church hosts a Whiz Kids after-school reading program, in conjunction with Mayflower Congregational Church, working with students from Putnam Heights Elementary. They gather every Thursday during the school year, beginning at 3:00 pm, to share a substantial snack before one-on-one time with their assigned tutors. We are always looking for more caring adults who like to read and are willing to make a difference in the life of an elementary-age student. Putnam Heights’ reading specialist meets with the tutors each week to answer questions and encourage them in their important work. Crown Heights also hosts a Holiday dinner for the Whiz Kids Program participants and their families.
Since 2009, the Arts Academy at Crown Heights United Methodist Church has offered piano, violin, guitar, clarinet, drum, drawing, sculpting, and drama lessons to the students from nearby Putnam Heights Elementary School. Art and music students from area high schools and colleges, as well as a few adults, are the volunteer teachers for these students.
The Arts Academy meets each Tuesday evening, providing practice instruments for the students either at the school or to take home through a grant from the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, and collaboration with Inner-City Violin. The Oklahoma City University Community Dance Center offers scholarships for dance lessons for our students.
Attendance in this program varies; though we often have 60 students receiving instruction at the Arts Academy from 25 teachers. Volunteers are always needed to help with transportation each week, to provide a Bible story, and to help with supervision in the building during the lessons. Each year the students participate in a recital/showcase of their talent hosted by Crown Heights.
We cook and deliver meals to about 20 people every Monday morning. We can always use help with cooking, driving or helping deliver the meals. Contact Stacy in the church office, 524-8428.
Bishop Bennie Warner had a dream to build a school in his tiny hometown in Liberia. Slowly but surely, this vision is coming to life, thanks to the constant prayers and efforts of United Methodists around the world. There is still much to be done! Some of our CHUM folks have been a part of Volunteers in Mission teams, working on construction. Once the building is fully enclosed, we will be supporting the effort to get desks built, and purchasing chairs for the classrooms.
If you’d like to know more, contact us at 524-8428.