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Change a Child's Story 101

Have you heard of Bishop Trimble's initiative: Change a Child's Story: Give Books Give Time? The initiative was launched at the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference. Iowa United Methodists have been challenged to break the cycle of generational poverty through building up literacy among Iowa's children.

Do any of the following apply to you and your church?

  • I need more information about the initiative to get it started in my church.
  • I have heard of Change a Child's Story but I'm not sure where to start.
  • My church has pledged and we have started conversations but we aren't sure how to get books or find kids to read to in our community.
  • We are on a roll! We have started something audacious in our church and we would love to share our success with others!

If any of these apply to you then please join us for one of the gatherings below!


Please join us in Perry on April 10th or email us your questions at

Perry United Methodist Church

Sunday, April 10th, 2-4pm

1100 3rd St, Perry, IA 50220

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


There will be a unique gift for each church who joins us!

2:00-3:30 Erin McGargill and Rev. Steward will be presenting information on how to get started, where to find resources, and how to keep going to meet your church's audacious goal!

3:30-4:00 Optional time for churches to network together


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Find more information on the Iowa UMC website HERE