ANTIOCH - Antioch United Methodist Church will welcome everyone to dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, followed by an informative presentation by Barry Steiner Ball regarding the physiology of drug addiction and the effects of the drug culture on the children of our community.

ANTIOCH - Antioch United Methodist Church will welcome everyone to dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, followed by an informative presentation by Barry Steiner Ball regarding the physiology of drug addiction and the effects of the drug culture on the children of our community.  
Steiner Ball is a chaplain and law enforcement officer and brings understanding of what happens in the brain with the use of opioids that creates addiction.
The presentation is part of the We Care nights which will be offered at Antioch United Methodist Church in the coming months. The events were born out of training received by Antioch UMC pastor Gwen Wolford while at the gathering of the National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors.   
The training was designed to get churches involved in the life of their communities while involving all the people in the church in ministry.  We Care events were one of the models shared.  
At about the same time, members of Antioch UMC participated in Fresh Expressions training which inspired participants to think “outside the box” and into their communities where fresh expressions of church could be experienced.
When the pastor and laity began to put their ideas together, it was determined that one of the greatest needs of the church and community was to understand drug addiction better in order to work as one to stop the spread of this disease and bring healing to those whose lives are ravaged by its effects.
Many of the members of the church have experienced the heartache of watching someone they love living the nightmare of drug addiction including Pastor Gwen.  “I watched my brother tormented literally to death by drug addiction and it did not end there as addiction was passed to the next generation.”
According to the We Care planning team, that is exactly why Antioch UMC is offering these monthly events  to everyone in the community.  “It is because ‘we care,’ and we believe it is going to take everyone listening to each other, working together to put an end to the devastation of this epidemic.”
The We Care events will continue through October on the second Tuesday of each month.  Childcare will be provided on site and a delicious meal will be provided.  
In the coming months presenters will include a local police officer talking about "Drug Facts, Awareness and Identification" on June 13, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey or a representative will talk about "Facts on Opioid/Prescriptions Leading to Heroin" on July 11, Tom Matthews and recovering addicts from "Celebrate Recovery" on Aug. 8, presenters from the pharmaceutical, medical and legal fields will inform the group on Sept. 12, and finally on Oct. 10 there will be Q & A Panel to decide "Where do we go from here?"
This schedule is tentative and subject to change, based on availability of speakers.  
 The church is located at 20121 Knobley Road in Antioch.  For more information, call Pastor Gwen Wolford at 304-813-0176.