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Grace Presbytery » Little Free Library builds relationships

Little Free Library builds relationships

by Rob Allen
Director of Communications

68project_lflibrary2Reading opens opportunities. When a young child picks up the habit to read,  he or she has a better chance to be more successful in school and have more opportunities later in life.

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Bedford, through its 6:8 Project, is doing its part to encourage reading in Greenway Place, an isolated neighborhood just north of downtown Fort Worth without a social services or community center. They and the community of 175 homes dedicated the Little Free Library.

68project_lflibrary3A big, white birdhouse-like structure in front of the 6:8 House holds the books that are available for the community, especially the children, to take home to read and return for others when they are finished.

“Part of the 6:8 ministry is to immerse ourselves in a specific neighborhood and to become a part of the neighborhood by building lasting relationship instead of doing charity work – relationship building instead of volunteerism.” said Dana Jones, associate pastor.

During the summer, the 6:8 House fed 20 neighborhood children who rely on school breakfasts and lunches.

6:8 Project received a 2014 mission initiative grant from Grace Presbytery.