Children, family, and friends from the United Methodist Community Outreach Program gathered last Thursday for a Christmas celebration. The “C.O.P.” serves approximately 120 children and 40 youth residing in the inner-city neighborhoods of Roanoke. It provides tutoring and homework help, age-level Bible study, enrichment activities, and summer camp opportunities. It also offers hot meals, school supplies, used clothing and other practical assistance. The children meet at four United Methodist Church locations – Trinity, West End, St. Paul, and Fairview. All of the children and youth received Christmas gifts donated by local church members.