Local and National Missions
The Great Week of Service 2020
August 9-16, 2020
Each year Weddington UMC celebrates the Great Week of Service where we focus on being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as we seek to be in relationship with the people in our community. There’s no doubt this year is different for so many of us, especially for students and teachers at all of our schools. We know that many families cannot afford school supplies, and teachers often loan students an item that is needed. With remote learning, financially challenged students are at an even greater disadvantage. Now, more than ever, Weddington UMC wants to help equip these students for success by providing necessary supplies to the teachers and students at Benton Heights Elementary School. Benton Heights is located within walking distance of our Monroe campus, and is where most of our Homework Help children attend. This year we will be collecting supplies from the list below. Your gifts will help maximize the students’ learning and equip them for success.
One of our regular mission opportunities at Weddington is Operation Sandwich. We meet the second Saturday of each month to assemble food for those in need. Over 1000 sandwiches are delivered to Urban Ministry Center and the Community Shelter of Union County each month. In working with these agencies, they have identified that one of their biggest needs currently is the need for bottled water. In addition to school supplies for Benton Heights, we will be collecting cases of bottled water during our Great Week of Service drop off times.
Great Week of Service donations will be collected during the following times in front of the Family Life Center:
- Friday, August 14th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 15th, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
- Sunday, August 16th, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Online Giving Donations Are you unable to give donations in person? We invite you to participate in the Great Week of Service however you feel most comfortable. To donate funds to Great Week that will be used to purchase donations, head to the Giving Page on the website or church mobile app, enter the amount to be donated, and designate your offering to Local Missions. Then, add a note in the memo that it is for Great Week. For questions, please contact the church office.
Announcements and Opportunities for Service
Parkwood High School Donations
Our partnership with Parkwood is going strong. We continue to supply the school’s food pantry, which provides easy to cook meals for students in need of them. Food donations are needed. Donation drop offs are located in Helms Hall and the Family Life Center. Items needed are canned meats, soups (containing meat, veggies), canned chili, bags of rice/pasta noodles (microwaveable, Granola bars, and fruit snacks.
Domestic Mission Opportunities
In November of 2019, we formed the new Domestic Missions Team. The intent of this team is to combine all WUMC building missions under one focused mission area. The objective is to offer expanded opportunities to those wanting to be involved with building missions. The six current work areas include the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) Building Teams, UMCOR Early Response Teams (ERT), Fixing It For Christ, Building Brothers, Men’s Connection, and Building Brothers. To learn more, please contact the church office.
Domestic Building Missions
Habitat for Humanity: Builds safe, affordable homes for lower-income families in the area. Volunteer opportunities available in construction and at the Restore.
Repair Teams: Once a month, teams from the church assist individuals and ministries in need by making repairs on homes and facilities. This group also makes repairs on church facilities.
Love INC: Love In the Name of Christ is an agency that serves to form helping relationships between the poor, elderly, or disabled who have unmet needs to churches and church members willing to meet those needs. Ways to help include grocery shopping for the elderly, helping to build a handicapped ramp, and doing yard work. Click here to view a full list of volunteer opportunities.
Homeless and Feeding Missions
Charlotte Rescue Mission: Ministers to individuals caught in cycles of poverty, hopelessness, and addiction by meeting their spiritual, physical, social, psychological and vocational needs. A group from the church leads worship quarterly at the mission. Volunteers are also welcome to serve and provide meals.
Community Shelter of Union County: Provides temporary shelter for the homeless population in Union County. Groups from the church provide dinner for the shelter the third Thursday of each month.
Operation Reach Out: Offers help to people in need in Union County by addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of those they serve. They offer emergency food, medicine, clothing, household items, and funds to people in need. Volunteers are needed to help with a daily lunch and Bible study as well as to organize and unload donations.
Monroe Mission Campus
In the fall of 2014, we were delegated a church property in a culturally diverse residential area of Monroe. This mission campus gives us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as we seek to be in relationship with the people in the community. Since then, God has been doing wonderful blessings, allowing us the opportunity to be witnesses of His glory. We began with Homework Help and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. From that, we have developed relationships with the families surrounding the Monroe Campus. Now, we have a variety of hands-on mission opportunities, from building wheelchair ramps to distributing food during Christmas. Furthermore, it is in walking distance to Turning Point and very close to other agencies such as Union County Shelter and Union County Crisis Assistance. We have been able to go from service to evangelism and discipleship. In 2018, we began a Sunday evening bilingual worship service. We also offer Life Groups for all ages on Friday evenings and Praise & Worship practice on Tuesday evenings.
Homework Help Ministry – Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Twice a week we help students from the community with their homework in the Fellowship Hall. Beyond supporting the children from the neighborhood with their homework, we are becoming their friends in Christ. Volunteers are needed and welcome to help with the homework or simply to come and be present with the children.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes – Classes are open to anyone in the community from our Monroe Campus seeking to learn the English language in a supportive church environment. We also provide childcare during the classes. Classes meet on Tuesday evening s at 7:00 p.m. beginning on February 9 and continue through the end of May. There are opportunities for people to serve as teachers, assistants, and childcare providers.
Benton Heights Elementary – Most of our Homework Help children attend Benton Heights Elementary. It is in walking distance to our Monroe Campus. Through direction from the Benton Heights principal, we support the school in as many ways as we can. We are committed as the school’s PTA, providing teachers with treats and care.We also have an open door with the school for volunteers from our church to become regular partners and mentors with students.
Other Local Missions
Operation Sandwich (Urban Ministry & Union County Shelter): On the Second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall, we come together to humbly serve our community in love. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a local mission.
Parkwood High School: We supplement the dry and canned food products for the school’s food pantry from which a team of teachers discretely provide students in need with a bag of groceries for their dinner and meals over the weekend.
House of Pearls: A transitional residency program for women in Wingate, brings spiritual healing to women and helps them make a fresh start in society. Mentors are needed to walk alongside the residents on their journey. Learn more on the House of Pearls website.
Safer Communities Ministry: A prison ministry which regularly meets with inmates through mentoring relationships and Bible studies. Learn more on the Safer Communities website.
Wycliffe Bible Translators/JAARS: Through partnerships worldwide, JAARS provides technical support services and resources to speed Bible translation for all people. Wycliffe supports churches worldwide in providing a Bible in every language. The JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw has many volunteer opportunities. Please visit www.jaars.org.
Operation Christmas Child: In cooperation with Samaritan’s Purse, church members fill shoeboxes with gifts for children who live in poverty-stricken countries. We also serve as a drop off location for people in the community.
Union County Christmas Bureau: We partner with help agencies in Union County to provide Christmas gifts and meals for families in need in Union County.
Room In the Inn: Through this ministry of hospitality, we welcome homeless men, women, and children to our Hemby House with a warm bed and meal twice a month during the winter months. Volunteers provide hospitality and food for our homeless neighbors as they share the love of Christ with each other.
Great Week Of Service: Each year WUMC celebrates the Great Week of Service by focusing on a variety of service opportunities to support concentrated in one week. Click here to learn more about the Great Week of Service 2020.
Domestic Mission Trips
Building Brothers: Each year a group of men from our church travel to John’s Island, South Carolina to work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity for four days. While there, the men work on homes and form relationships. Come one, come all as we build relationships and Habitat for Humanity homes for families in need on Johns Island, S.C.
Ministries we partner with financially:
- Gideons International
- Crisis Assistance Ministries of Mecklenburg County
- Union County Crisis Assistance
Training and background checks are provided by our church for any volunteer services with minors.