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United Methodists Aid German Playground

United Methodist News Feature

September 2, 1999

Contact: Linda Bloom • New York


Contributions from United Methodists have helped create a children's playground in Oranienburg, a city in eastern Germany.

Refer to caption for complete description of photo.The denomination's involvement began in November 1998, when United Methodist Bishop Lindsey Davis of Atlanta visited "White City," a new housing development in an area formerly used for Soviet barracks. The area's name reflects the fact that all the barracks were painted white. The development – home to some 3,000 people – had no playground because of a lack of funding, and Davis promised his assistance.

ABOVE: Children from the "White City" housing development in Oranienburg, Germany, enjoying new playground equipment bought with funds donated by United Methodists in Georgia and Texas. The development is named after the white barracks that formerly housed Soviet troops on the site.
BELOW: Children celebrating the dedication of new playground equipment bought with funds donated by United Methodists in Georgia and Texas. The development is named after the white barracks that formerly housed Soviet troops on the site.

UMNS photos courtesy of Heinrich Meinhardt.


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Joining the bishop in providing financial help were the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ga., and Sunday school members at the Utopia (Texas) United Methodist Church. Volunteers from United Methodist churches near the housing development and the local mission church participated in the actual construction.

The playground was dedicated after a weeklong summer Bible school for the children. Annagret Stransky, chairwoman of the Oranienburg parliament, thanked the United Methodists for collecting money for the project.



Information for this story was provided by Heinrich Meinhardt.