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IT WORKED FOR US

Little Sarah wiped the white icing off her nose and popped a few red gumdrops in her mouth as she made her candy church. She looked around the room and was excited to see so many sweet churches made with all kinds of candy.

Sarah and 400 others were busy the Sunday after Thanksgiving making candy churches at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston. "This tradition began 15 to 20 years ago," said Donna Reid, director of children's ministry. Because of low church attendance on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the church wanted to get families back into the church after the holiday, she said.Young and old roll up their sleeves, put icing on the churches and choose their favorite candy to decorate them.

Church volunteers do a lot of preparation for the activity. They set round tables in the church gym, assemble church-shaped boxes, purchase supplies and donate leftover Halloween candy for the occasion. Reid is grateful for the many volunteers who help during the busy time. "Even some of our pastors come and help and make candy churches," she said.

Reid likes to see the closeness of the church family working together, sharing the candy and helping one another with the churches.

"We look forward to this event every year," she said.

AT A GLANCE Memorial Drive United Methodist Church | 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 | 713-468-8356 | mdumc@mdumc.org | www.mdumc.org | Senior Minister: Rev. Charles B. Simmons | Average Attendance: 1,881 | Texas Conference