Some churches in Yellowstone Conference have after school programs. These programs provide a variety of different activities that are open to all children.
Bozeman UMC: Children come every Wednesday after school. Programming includes snack, and mission centered activities. Contact: Janna Lauver (406) 586-5314 (WOW: Wesley Outreach Wednesday)
Grace UMC (Billings): Children come twice a week for school enrichment. Contact: Mary Westwood (406) 259-9711 (GEEP: Grace Elementary Enrichment Program)
Grace UMC (Billings): Rainbow Coffee House for high school students is a place for LGBTQ teens to gather every Wednesday evening. Adult volunteers are there to talk with and support the teens. Contact Mary Maheras for more information. 406-259-9711
Lonsdale United Methodist Church of Sidney, Montana and the Boys and Girls Club have entered into an exciting partnership that will enable both organizations to better serve the people of Sidney, Montana and the Montana/Dakota region. On Sunday, November 5, 2017 the congregation of Lonsdale United Methodist Church unanimously passed a resolution to authorize the Board of Trustees to transfer ownership of the church building and land on Third Avenue SE and to sell the parsonage to Boys and Girls Club of Richland County. This transfer of ownership will allow the church and the Club to participate in a unique partnership that will mutually benefit each organization and its constituents.
Boys and Girls Club will be conducting a renovation of the church building to best make use of the space for programming, create an energy efficient environment, and to best serve the needs of the youth of Richland County. Funds raised for the capital campaign will be used to complete this renovation with the hope that the facility will be ready to open the doors for programming in the Fall of 2018.
Having provided for a sustainable future for the building, Lonsdale is working on a sustainable future for the congregation. The church has formed a focus group of adults ages 18-40, who are meeting with congregational leadership to help the congregation learn how best to interact with and reach out to their new neighbors who will be sharing the building. Lonsdale plans to reach out to these younger generations in hopes of making disciples for the transformation of the world.