Buddy Ministry at Lincoln School

First Church began as a relationship with Lincoln School in 2012.  As we enter this school year, the FUMC Buddy Ministry and Lincoln School Outreach Programs have become a needed and appreciated component of the daily life of hundreds of students and their families at Lincoln K-8.  The key has been listening to the teachers and staff at Lincoln and working with their needs to create a new Buddy program.

The Buddy Ministry was originally established during the 1993-1994 school year at Irving School, a K-5 neighborhood public school that served a large population of low income families in the near north side neighborhood of Peoria . This Ministry was a neighborhood partnership with the school, serving students and families through various ministries. In the process, we became a model for other partnerships in the Peoria School District. As volunteers shared themselves with the Irving students, they provided an excellent way for these students to experience the love of our Lord Jesus in tangible and human ways, especially in relationship building. When Irving School closed in 2012, the kids from Irving School were transferred to Lincoln School.  Our commitment to the students and teachers of Lincoln is unchanged.  The buildings may have changed but the need for positive, Christian-based relationships with students has grown even stronger.

The only qualification necessary to become a Buddy
is wanting to make a positive difference in a young person's life!

AVID Buddies

The AVID program stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.  The AVID program primarily works with older students at Lincoln K-8 and AVID Buddies will work hand in hand as facilitators of the program.

Back Pack Buddies

We pack and distribute bags of food to go home with kids that often go hungry over the weekends by supplying 75 to 135 bags weekly.  Visit the Back Pack Buddies webpage for additional information.

Birthday Buddies

This program coordinates monthly birthday parties to celebrate the students who have birthdays that month in one of the K - 4 classes.  Volunteers are assigned to one classroom for the school year.  First Church provides a small gift for each child along with drinks and napkins for the class.  The Birthday Buddy is responsible for bringing snacks for the classroom and should plan on spending 20 - 30 minutes in the class reading or playing games.  The kids and the teachers love it when the Birthday Buddies arrive each month.

Time commitment:  One - two hours per month (including prep time)

Booster Buddies

Booster buddies meet with 2nd and 3rd grade students who have been identified by teachers as needing additional assistance with their reading skills.  The buddy typically  meets with their student weekly during the school day at a time scheduled by the teacher.

Time commitment:  One hour per week.

Tutor Buddies

These buddies regularly meet one on one with kindergarten and 1st grade students during school hours helping students who have been identified by teachers as needing additional assistance.  Tutoring material is provided by the teachers.  Consistency is an important part of this program and a buddy meets with their student weekly or every other week, as scheduled by the teacher.

Time commitment:  Twenty minutes to one hour per week, usually at the beginning of the day.

To learn more about the FUMC Buddy Ministry at Lincoln School  and how you can make a difference, contact Dan Philips, Director of Community Ministries and Missions at 309-673-3641.

Lincoln School Outreach Programs

First Church is involved in a number of Outreach Ministries and Programs including After-school Arts and the Lincoln Children's Choir.  Carol McPherson, Director of Fine arts Ministry Outreach at First Church, coordinates these programs and is in need of volunteers. Visit the webpage on this site for additional information or contact Carol McPherson at 309-673-3641 x 130.