Helping others is a big part of what we do as Christians. Read the Gospels and you'll see that Jesus helped others. You'll also see that he invites us to join him in serving those in need.
At FUMC we have a number of missions that reach out to ease the difficulty, pain, and suffering of others. Feel free to ask for more information about a group, to request to join a group in mission, or to suggest starting a new mission.
We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but we're still following Jesus' command to love others as we would love ourselves.
Below you'll see some of the mission in which we are engaged. Other helping ministries will be added, since this page is a work in progress.
Housing. Outreach. Multifaith. Empowerment.
A few times a year, First UMC hosts homeless families who are part of the HOME program.
HOME "serves homeless families with children in a three-phase approach to combat homelessness. Religious congregations and volunteers are the backbone of the agency, providing shelter, meals, financial support and advocacy. Throughout the process, families receive expert case management and support services from a dedicated staff of social workers and mental health counselors." (https://homescnj.org/)
HOME describes itself as "A private, nonprofit providing a community response to homelessness through the involvement of interdenominational religious congregations." (https://homescnj.org/)
In the past, families would live at First UMC for a week in four rooms over the administration area. There we provided our guests with meals, comfortable surroundings, and friendship during their stay.
During the COVID pandemic, however, families have been housed in motels as a safety measure. Our church has donated enough money to pay for the families' motel bill. We also provide seven dinners.
What The Maker’s Place Is and What It Does: “The Maker's Place is a diaper bank and resource center in Trenton, New Jersey. We distribute free disposable diapers for families with children at our "Diaper Depot," and work with families and institutional partners to promote the strengths found in diverse and inclusive community.
“Together, we envision a community where every baby has adequate diapers; every child reaches their first birthday; every parent is connected to a network of mutual support; and every person is a maker in their own life and community.
We have a Prayer Request page on our website now! We are looking for people who can add the requests that we receive through the page to their daily prayers, or who will start a daily prayer time in order to pray for others.
Interested? Please send an email requesting more information and/or asking questions to email@example.com and put "Prayer Team" as your subject. It will get forwarded to our coordinators.
Somerset County Jail inmates need underwear and other items, regardless of the season.
Since we are entering the cold weather season, there are some extra items added to the list.
Please bring any of the following and place in the Bare Necessities bin in the Family Room.
Needs: **Solid white socks, no stripes, no colors **Solid white undershirts, S, M, 2X, 3X **Solid white boxer shorts, S, M, 2X, 3X **White long underwear, (tops, bottoms, all sizes) **Gray hooded sweatshirts, (all sizes) **Gray sweat pants, (all sizes) **Nylon/Polyester windbreakers, (all sizes, must be inexpensive, shell only, unlined)
If you know one thing about First UMC, it's probably that we believe food is love. Feeding people who live with food insecurity is crucial ministry, especially during these difficult economic times. Below are the ways that our church feeds the hungry in our community and beyond.
Food Bank Network of Somerset CountyThe Flemington Area Food Pantry
Wonder what to get? Here is a list of food generally needed by food banks & pantries.
Food Items Non-Food Items Spaghetti Sauce (canned, e.g. Hunts) Toilet Paper Shelf Stable Milk (e.g. Parmalat ) Diapers/Wipes Tuna Paper Towels Canned Fruits and Vegetables Deodorant Canned Meats (Spam, Corned Beef, Stew) Hand Soap Canned Spaghetti Toothpaste Cereal (Hot/Cold) Dish Detergent Jelly Laundry Detergent Juice Shampoo Macaroni & Cheese Peanut Butter Soup
The Food Bank Network of Somerset County: please leave food donations in the white plastic bin next to the back entrance of the church. (NOTE: They do not need macaroni and cheese at this time!)
Flemington Area Food Pantry: please take food donations directly to the Pantry Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:30 am. Address: 154 Route 31 North, Flemington (located across the Walmart parking lot).
Both organizations securely accept online monetary donations
Money donations help the organizations purchase items like fresh meat, vegetables and fruit, as well as toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene items, and more.
Another feeding ministry in which First UMC participates is SHIP, or Samaritan Homeless Interim Program.
SHIP normally hosts a soup kitchen at a local church. First UMC volunteers to work the kitchen and serving line on the fourth Wednesday morning of every month.
During the pandemic, however, SHIP has gone mobile and serves the hungry of Somerville from their food truck.
Our group now works, masked, gloved and physically distanced, in the FUMC kitchen on the morning of the fourth Wednesday. At the moment, volunteers at home and volunteers in the church kitchen makes a load of sandwiches. Then our kitchen volunteers bags the lunches to take over to SHIP. They produce around 80 bagged lunches plus extra sandwiches every month.
You can get involved with this hands on ministry. Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org and write "SHIP" in the subject line.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the UMC’s humanitarian relief and development arm. Through this agency, you will have an impact on people worldwide.
UMCOR usually is among the first relief agencies on the scene when a disaster occurs. It also is active in helping communities with sanitation and clean water, among other things. Want to know more or donate? Go here: https://umcmission.org/umcor/