The United Methodist Church is a mission-based community of believers. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement in England, wrote these words in 1790:
“Do not you know that God entrusted you with that money (above what buys necessaries for your family) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go to relieve the wants of all mankind.”
We encourage church members to be active in church and community based mission / outreach activities, whether locally or around the world. Currently our church serves those in need through these activities:
- Loaves and Fishes: every Saturday morning 200 – 300 individuals from the area are served groceries and have access to clothing at the Episcopal Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. Visitors prepare, serve and clean up and volunteer from 7:30 – 11 AM. Contact: Alison Lewis at 203.909.1984.
- Community Garden—right now our church is gathering information on creating a community garden in the woods behind our property. Contact Alan Riggs at 203.623.1803.
- Back to School Backpacks – each fall we assemble 20 backpacks with supplies for children whose families cannot afford these purchases.
- Holiday Food Drive—A pre-Thanksgiving effort is made to help stock the community food pantry.
- Christmas Family Adoption—A deserving, low-income family is selected from the community each year that we ensure will have a wonderful Christmas.
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children—In addition to serving as our pastor, Wayne Lavender is the executive director of the Foundation 4 Orphans, a 501 c 3 non-profit whose mission is to serve the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of orphans. Speak to Wayne to see how you can participate.