“THE JOB OF THE URBAN CHURCH IS TO KEEP ALIVE THE RUMOR THAT THERE IS A GOD.”
- Don Benedict
Camden Urban Ministry Initiative (CUMI) is the call for Camden churches to join in common ministry around the cause of partnering with families to ensure the positive development of the children of our city. CUMI calls the local church to share ideas, energies and resources in order to craft and sustain a community dynamic that promotes and encourages the best possible elements of youth development. In other words, CUMI gets the church out of the pews and into the streets to put faith into action for the sake of kids.
CUMI’s “I’m Blessed”
This program is an extension of the CUMI Camp Initiative in that it continues the relationship between campers, their families and the church by including them in future programs and ministry events.
“I’m Blessed” provides specific opportunities to fellowship and encourage families to unite with the local Christian community: “Back-to-School Bash” CUMI provides book bags and school supplies to school age children and assigns a “Godly Calendar” to be a prayer guide and encourager throughout the school year. Christmas Celebration CUMI children portray the real meaning of Christmas in drama and song. More than 1000 gifts were provided to over 500 Camden City youth who registered to receive gifts donated for this event. Annually, CUMI churches participate, collectively or locally, in providing these ministries.
CUMI SHORT FILM Project 2015
Narrated by Pastor Carl E. Styles of Bethel United Methodist Church Camden, NJ. Produced by Perry Jenkins and directed by Jesse J. Jackson Jr. of Most Hish Music Inc.play video
Summer Day Camp Summer Day Camp – Amazingly and with few resources, in 2009, the CYMI team facilitated its first very successful summer day camp for Camden’s children at the Ferry Avenue UMC, serving over 50 youth.
Although the camp was started in one specific neighborhood church, it was truly the effort of the entire United Methodist Church Community. Members of each UMC lent support in the form of staff, equipment, volunteers, student leaders and administration. Summer Day Camp was also able to attract support from the suburban church community.
2010. Such urban/suburban partnerships are essential to the mission of CYMI. Summer Day Camp 2009 was the kind of mission effort that epitomizes CYMI-the kind of ministry that we can’t do by ourselves but can certainly get done when we join together. More good news; CYMI opened its second camp at Asbury UMC in 2010 and its third camp at Parkside UMC in 2012.