Golden Cross Supports Safer Worship Grant

By Kent McNish

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Golden Cross Foundation, By now you may have heard that churches in the Nashville Episcopal Area may return to in-person worship once local health officials deem it safe to gather. To ensure proper safety protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the episcopal office of Bishop Bill McAlilly has developed Guidelines …

New Providence United Methodist Church, in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help retrofit a parsonage on the church’s property that, when complete, will house low-income older adults. Built in the ‘60s, the personage has been vacant for …

Problem Solving in the Midst of Change and Loss

By Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, church leaders have experienced great change in how we do effective ministry. In some cases, the loss of face-to-face gatherings with social distancing, changes in the way we greet people (without hugs and handshakes), celebrate Holy Communion or holy baptism, or even in passing of the peace during worship services can be troublesome. Problem solving in …

After the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) was created in 2013, the board of directors developed criteria for awarding grant funds to local churches. The primary purpose of the grants was to enable churches to develop and support intentional, innovative, and creative ministries by, with, and for older adults. Rev. Jim Robinson, then chairman of the GCF Grants Committee, tirelessly refined …

Since its launch in 2017, the Counseling Center at Nashville’s Belle Meade United Methodist Church has served more than 30 individuals and couples aged 65 and over, about 15 percent of all clients served, in 240 counseling sessions. The center was created to provide a place on the west side of Nashville—Belle Meade, West Meade, Bellevue—for professional pastoral counseling. “Our …

Homestead UMC member and church secretary Jackie Szaflarski benefitted from using the church’s repaired lift after knee surgery made navigating the church’s stairs and ramp difficult. A grant from the Golden Cross Foundation enabled church members to finish the needed repairs to the lift. Homestead United Methodist Church in Crossville, Tennessee, received a $2,529.75 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, …