From January to March 2016, the Conference accepted grant applications from SEC churches seeking monies to accomplish stated goals in their congregations. The guidelines for applying include the three initiatives of the Transforming Churches-Transforming Lives Capital Campaign:
To Build Covenant and Connection, to Build Leaders and to Build Congregations
Additionally, the application guidelines called for churches to apply with new projects (not to support ongoing mission), to have detailed plans for executing the project, and to only apply for one grant and project at a time.
The Committee has met and reviewed the many applications received this cycle. They are pleased to announce the following Spring 2016 recipients:
- Bethany Congregational UCC, Thomasville
- Project: Erasing the Gap
- Will create a more contemporary worship by implementing a Praise and Worship Team, using visual projection in worship and providing worship audio recordings online.
- Community Church Montgomery
- Project:Removing the Bushel
- New marketing efforts will be created to increase community awareness of the church’s presence and outreach. They will begin to use radio ads and local Montgomery publication ads, social media ads, and will create a new church brochure.
- Peace Congregational UCC, Clemson
- Project:Second Sundays: Beyond the Walls
- Peace will create a worship experience without walls, as a Second Sunday event, every month, utilizing their surrounding natural resources. Their goal is to provide those who seek an alternative worship, to enter into the natural world with a touch of sacred fellowship.
- Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Chattanooga
- Project:Emergency Food Outreach
- Purchase of food boxes and fresh produce from the Chattanooga Food Bank.
- Rehoboth Fellowship, Atlanta
- Project:eChurch Development
- This new church start needs a good social media presence. Their goal is to utilize a graphic designer, use Constant Contact with video messaging and create a social media networking team.
- United Church of Cookeville
- Project:Widening the Welcome
- Evaluate, Improve and Educate physical inclusion needs for people with all types of disabilities within their own church setting.
The timetable for new applications this Fall will begin September 19, 2016. Click here for Application Guideline Information.