Pews to Streets contest winners announced

Three churches are taking home prizes of summer camp scholarships for their entries in the Pews to Streets photo/video Facebook contest.  The contest theme was stories about international or domestic missions.

“It is simply amazing that our prizes are scholarships for youth to attend camp, and all three winning churches featured youth-related missions,” said Gretchen Hastings, director of Connectional Relations for the conference.  “What a connection!”

The Winners

First Place:  Jenn Stancil, Community Methodist Church, DeBary (723 votes)
Summer Intern Program
“We have an intern program that includes middle and high school students. They took a trip to our local nursing home to hand out cards they made for the residents and to share God’s love by applying what they had learned in the intern program. While they were handing out the cards, one of the residents asked if they could sing to the girls sang to him. He was so happy to hear them sing that he asked them to sing several more songs. Even though the girls did not plan on singing that day, they made him smile and helped share God’s love through song.”
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Prize:  Three summer camp scholarships for church youth.

Second Place:  Stephanie Parks, Orange City UMC, Orange City (694 votes)
Summer Mission Trip
“This is a handful of our youth assembling meals to pass out at a homeless shelter in Charlotte, N.C. This was our summer mission trip through Radius Camp! We can't wait to go back!”
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Prize:  Two summer camp scholarships for church youth.

Third Place:  Theo Jackson, Little Chapel UMC, Ocala (345 votes)
Christmas Day Plans
“Hear how Little Chapel UMC in Ocala plans to get out of the pews and into the streets on Christmas Day.”
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Prize:  One summer camp scholarship for church youth.

Redeeming Camp Scholarships

“Registration for the 2014 summer camp season opened on Dec. 1,” said Mike Standifer, camps and retreats director for the conference.  “Camp does fill up, so we encourage early registration to give the winners a chance at their first choice of weeks for attending.”

The Florida Conference staff will send the winning churches details for registering their camp attendees.  The camp registration link is

“We thank the many churches who shared what they are doing to fulfill God’s dream for the world and how they are in mission with God,” said Hastings. “We plan to feature all contestants’ stories of how they are getting out of the pews and into the streets on our Facebook page, as well as posting a gallery of all the entries on our website.”

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