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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Funding for youth ministries available through Violet’s Garden

    October 3, 2014 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Congregations are invited to apply for funding from Violet's Garden, a grant program designed to further the spiritual development of children and youth at the local-church level.

    Grants are awarded twice per year, in May and November, and congregations can apply for up to $2,000. These are one-time start-up grants. 

    The application deadline for this round is Nov. 1, 2014.

    In 2013, the following ministries were among those to received grants: West Avenue UMC in Rochester, First UMC in East Greenbush, and Emmanuel UMC in Lockport for new community VBS experiences; Central Park and Seneca Street UMCs in Buffalo for a program to provide faith mentoring to teenage girls; to the Laotian and Karenni ministries in Syracuse and Binghamton for study materials and Bibles for new Sunday School programs; and Centenary UMC in Bath for devotional materials and Bibles for a new spiritual emphasis for their Youth Group participants.

    Click here to download the grant application 

    For more information or to request a hard copy, contact the Rev. Joellyn Tuttle, Violet's Garden convener, at (315) 685-5963 or jrwtuttle@gmail.com  or at Skaneateles UMC, 26 Jordan St., Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152. 

    Violet's Garden grants are made possible from donations by congregations and individuals to Conference Advance #3075.

    These grants were established in 2008 as an expression of appreciation for Bishop Violet L. Fisher's compassion for children and youth.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."