Every Sunday during worship at Mt. Tamalpais UMC church members bring food for the Food Bank offering; the youth and children collect the various cans and bags from people in the pews as they come up to the altar for the children’s story. The offerings are ritually placed in a special basket at the altar. The church regularly fills the barrel in the sanctuary, which the Food Bank picks up.
Of course, with the pandemic and sheltering in place, that offering cannot take place now. With online worship, this weekly ritual has been missing. Until now….
Cam Collman and his parents, Nicole and David Collman, first contacted Pastor Kim Smith about a new way of collecting food in what would become his school and church project.
Cam had to select a school service project for school. In talking with his parents, he realized that his church was no longer able to collect food for the Food Bank in worship. Hearing the stories about the needs in Marin County, Cam asked if he could gather food as part of the church’s Food Bank ritual, contact the congregation via the weekly email and ask church members to have a food offering in another way. Cam and his parents would pick up food placed in bags on people’s front porches and then take everything to the Food Bank.
Amazingly, at the same time, another youth, Owen Hubbard, son of Chris and Patty Hubbard, came to the same realization as Cam and had initiated a food drive in his neighborhood.
Together these two sixth graders, who recently completed Confirmation and are looking forward to being confirmed when in-person worship resumes, collected 445 pounds of food for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank!
In Confirmation, the group talked extensively about faith in action and serving others. Cam and Owen are an inspiration to the entire congregation in demonstrating the creativity and care of Christ’s people.
At Mt. Tam Church, we always say that children and youth are not only the future of the church, they are the church right now! We are grateful for leading us in service and worship!