As John Wesley, once said, “The world is my parish,” so we as a church believe that our community outreach is our way of reaching the world! We are all over the community in service and invite you to join us!
God’s Helping Hands Food Ministry
This community ministry serves more than 125 families and more than individuals in our area. Every type of food and staple products are provided on the first Thursday of the month. Volunteers are needed at about 9:30 a.m. to sort products received for all the families. The afternoon needs volunteers to carry items out for the families. See the faces too often forgotten in our world and give them God’s love – and food.
God’s Helping Hand Food Program
Angel Wings Clothes Closet
Is helping the homeless or others in need of basic clothing a passion of yours? The Angel Wings Clothes Closet provides free clothing and shoes for men, women, children, and infants in the community (and when requested, to countries abroad like Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines). Gently-worn clothes, plus new underwear, socks, and diapers, are available (diapers are kept at the church). Of course, to provide these items, volunteers are needed to collect them from various sources, prepare them, and staff the facility. This is operated by our Sisters in Service Women’s Mission group (yes, men are welcome and needed).
The Clothes Closet is located in a house on Woodland Street, across from the church, and is staffed by the group on Saturday mornings. During the week, servants working the Helping Hands desk in the church foyer can assist those in need with clothing. Interested? Call the church office.
MAGS (Mabank Area Good Samaritans)
Do you feel called to serve the needs of the hungry in our community? “MAGS” stocks, staffs, and coordinates the local food pantry as a cooperative effort among several local churches. FUMC volunteers serve the months of March and September to staff the pantry daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos means “the right or opportune moment.” This national ministry seizes the moment to minister to prisoners in maximum and medium security prisons. Become a part of this program that serves those too often forgotten. Training is provided for those who are willing to accept this challenging and rewarding mission. Our church participates in Kairos weekends by baking cookies, prayer, place mats, financial donations, etc.
Love’s Outreach, organized in April 2010, is a community effort to serve others in need. The volunteers meet the 3rd Saturday of every month at Cherokee Shores POA Park to serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The typical Saturday begins around 8:30 a.m. with the setting up of tables and chairs. Around 9:30 a.m., 4-5 volunteers ride the neighborhood handing out flyers reminding everyone that lunch will be served. Additional tables will be set up to serve the food. Besides lunch, hygiene kits and clothes are available to those who may need them. Bibles are always available for children and adults. On average, we serve more than 125 to 150 meals each month and up to 300 meals on holiday months. If you are looking for a way to serve, this is a great place to start. You can help out by providing desserts, drinks, or other requested food items; serving the meals, drinks, and desserts; helping with the sign-in table, Bible table, flyers, hygiene kits, or clothes — and you receive the joy of “sharing with our neighbors God’s hope and love.”