River of Life 2023 was a HUGE SUCCESS... 

Galatians 5:6, the apostle Paul writes, the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.

 The River of Life ministry is held each summer at Stark UMC. It is aimed at enabling youth and adults, from many different churches, to come together to express the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to the people of the Butts County community through exterior home repairs and improvements. The participants are encouraged to grow in their faith through service, daily worship and fellowship. River of Life is open to all youth and adults age 6th grade and above. For information regarding the cost, please contact the Stark UMC Church Office at 770-775-5679.

The River of Life program in Jackson has made a substantial impact in our community. In the past 18 years, we have assisted 149 homeowners, replaced 20 roofs, patched 10 additional roofs, constructed 48 wheelchair ramps, constructed 1 transitional ramp, constructed/repaired 34 porches, painted/weather proofed the exterior of 40 homes, repaired existing steps and handrails on 22 homes, installed 4 exterior doors and constructed/repaired 2 outside storage building. All of this was accomplished in 54 days (3 days a year) with the majority of the labor being supplied by youth under the age of 17. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the financial support of our local businesses. A special thank you to everyone who has helped us make this vision a reality right here in Butts County.