All summer long, the children’s ministry program at First United Methodist Church in Scottsboro has been centered on the theme, ‘we are the hands and feet of Christ.’

In an effort to put the theme into action, the children have collected clothes and toys for foster children, gathered soda tabs for Ronald McDonald House and ‘adopted’ soldiers stationed overseas by sending them care packages and letters.

They have also become prayer partners with children who live in the Agape Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda.

“I want my children to know that no matter how young they are, God is calling them to help those around them,” said Amy Holder, children’s minister at the church.

After so much activity this summer, the children are ready to do even more.

“When I asked them what we should do next,” Holder said, “they said, ‘let’s have a lemonade stand!’”

The next week, Amy Cameron, a member of the First United Methodist Church, contacted Holder with an idea.

 “Amy suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS),” Holder said.

MS is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms.

According to Wikipedia, “MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms). Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent neurological problems often occur, especially as the disease advances.”

While there is no known cure for MS, treatments attempt to improve function after an attack and prevent new attacks.

 “The children of our church love Amy because she always has a beautiful and contagious smile on her face,” Holder said. “They see past her wheel chair and physical limitations.”

Cameron asked Holder if the children would be interested in hosting a lemonade stand to raise money for MS during the national campaign called, ‘The Stand Against MS.’

“I told her that God had already asked us to do just that,” Holder said.

The Stand Against MS campaign idea began around 2009 when Rhode Island resident, Laurie Bussman was diagnosed with the disease.

Her children started a lemonade stand to raise money to help her.

Since then, the campaign has spread to communities and towns throughout the country, helping to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight the disease.

The children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church will be selling lemonade and cookies during the morning worship service inside the church on Sunday, July 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

There will also be a stand located outside the church that evening beginning at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by and enjoy a time of fellowship and fun while supporting the children in their efforts.

The event will take place rain or shine.

For more information, contact the First United Methodist Church at: 256-574-2545.

If you would like more information about how your church or organization can help in the fight to stop MS, contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at: nationalmssociety.org.

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