What is One + One?

The United Methodist Church of North Texas is recovering the early Methodist roots by engaging with people where they live and work. In the late 18th century, Methodists began teaching children who worked in factories, mines and on farms how to read. That was the forerunner of the Sunday School movement and  began the church’s long-standing history impacting education. As in its beginnings, United Methodists in North Texas will tutor and mentor children and help improve their reading skills.

The Conference pledges that each of its 300 churches in the 21 counties will engage with public schools throughout North Texas, with 10 percent of its congregations committing to spend one hour a week actively building one to one relationships. This can be through reading, tutoring or mentoring.

What school would I be working with?

That depends on your church and which school it decides to partner with.

How much time do I have to commit?

We are asking everyone to commit to spending at least one hour per week with the child they are tutoring or mentoring.

How do I get involved?

Call your church and ask them how you can participate in their One + One program that they will be launching during the 2015-2016 school year. If you are not already connected to a United Methodist church, visit us here to find a church in your area and speak to them about One + One.

If they haven’t launched their program, and you would like to help we invite you talk with your minister. Your minister can connect you to the appropriate resources at The North Texas United Methodist Conference.

How do I get my church involved?

  • Encourage various groups within the church (Sunday School classes, UMW, UMM, Circles, Committees, Fellowship Groups, Small Groups, etc.) to be responsible for an area of support or to “adopt” a classroom.
  • Enlist the help of retired educators to organize and help with tutoring.
  • Appeal to retirees to devote time as mentors or in other areas.
  • Promote the idea of donating “one hour for one child” each week for being a mentor/tutor.
  • Remind people that there are many ways to support children. Some may be hesitant because they don’t feel they have the academic background to tutor. But everyone can simply be a friend or listen to a child read and offer general encouragement. Sometimes, that’s the best gift we can offer.

How do I get help or information?

If you need help finding a school or starting your process, please contact Rev. Marji Bishir Hill, Associate Director of the Center for Missional Outreach of the North Texas Conference at [email protected] or at 972-526-5018. Rev. Hill will help you determine exactly what you need and either provide the information directly or connect you with the resource you need.

Can I donate money to support the effort?

We are not looking for monetary support for One + One. However, individual churches may be raising funds or collecting goods for their school partners throughout the year.

Do you need any goods or services other than serving at the schools?

Individual churches may be collecting goods requested by their schools, but we believe that the relationships we are building through One + One is what will create real change in our community.

How do I know if One + One is available at my church?

Ask your minister if One + One is available at your church.

If not we encourage you to help start One + One at your church today! Let your minister know you would like to launch One + One at your church and they can help connect you to appropriate resources at The North Texas United Methodist Conference.

Do I have to be Methodist to participate?

No, and you are welcome to volunteer with a United Methodist church in your community. Visit us here to find a church in your area and speak to them about their One + One program.

Will I need a background check?

Yes, this is a requirement of the school districts.

What is the United Methodist Church?

The United Methodist Church is a 12.8-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

For more information, please visit: www.umc.org