Outside our Walls – Locally

 For more information, please contact Bev Richardson, Missions Coordinator

Art & Soul heads to Central UMC in Detroit on Mondays and Thursdays to help homeless persons express themselves artistically through pottery, painting, drawing, bead work, and other creative outlets. No artistic skills required to volunteer. Just a warm heart and hand of friendship. Art and Soul Brochure
Baby Visitors – We welcome new babies with handmade baby bags filled with gifts and helpful information. Volunteers deliver the bags to families.
Baldwin Center and Baldwin Soup Kitchen – We support the back to school program, the holiday store, and the family kitchen. Twice a year, volunteers serve lunch at the Baldwin Avenue food program. We also provide holiday food baskets, work teams, and interns for their summer camp program. Baldwin Brochure
Brightmoor   The Brightmoor neighborhood on the western edge of Detroit is one of the city’s most economically depressed communities. We support the Brightmoor community through their free store, community gardens, home repair, work days, and special drives like educational tablets for preschoolers and bikes for all the children in the neighborhood.   Read, Seed, and Feed – the West Outer Drive Brightmoor Initiative  Brightmoor Brochure
Camp New Day is a camp for children with a parent in prison. This camp can be a life-transforming experience for these children. We provide transportation and scholarships for campers. Volunteers are needed to help transport children to and from camp.
Caring Christian Kids logo rev 1_90x90Caring Christian Kids – Babies, preschoolers and elementary children and their parents prepare holiday cards, crafts and snacks, sing songs and visit with elderly friends at local assisted living facilities several times a year.
Cass Community Social Services – Assisting women and children without a home, the newly poor without a job, and the addicted and afflicted without hope, volunteer tutors and work teams provide support for Mom’s Place, basketball, the Christmas store, and other areas as needed.  Cass Brochure  Sign up for the Cass Newsletter
Cass Family DayFamily Missions Days at Cass Community Social Services – Families with children gather to make sandwiches, prepare hot lunches, ride bikes to generate energy, shred paper or beautify the green space. Even the youngest family member can do something to help!
cooking with cass buttonCooking with Cass happens on Saturday’s once a month from 8:45 am – 12 noon. We drive to the Scott Center in Detroit, a homeless shelter which is part of the Cass Community Social Services, and work with their staff to prepare an evening meal for them.  Cass supplies the food and we prepare it. This is a great opportunity for families. Upcoming dates.
CROP Walk – Every October, the community comes together for this multi-generational event to raise money for Church World Service to combat poverty and hunger through the world. 25% of funds raised go to local charities. Participants include everyone who wants to battle poverty and hunger by walking or supporting a walker.
Focus:Hope – One Saturday every other month, volunteers take boxes of staples to those in need. The primary recipients are seniors — low income, disabled, alone or without transportation — living in the Pontiac area. Upcoming Dates  Focus Hope Brochure
HOLD (Hands On Local Deeds) – As a part of our local urban ministry, HOLD provides assistance in maintaining housing to those unable to provide for themselves. The tasks performed by volunteers of the HOLD team include rough and finish carpentry, drywall, plumbing, painting and tile work.
Intercessory Prayer Ministry – Become a Prayer Team member to pray each week for others’ prayer concerns. All prayers are kept confidential.
Kids HopeKids Hope USA – In partnership with Greenfield Elementary School, volunteers mentor at-risk children to build caring relationships and assist with their education.
Kroger Shoppers – Anyone can contribute to our Hunger Ministry by using a Kroger Plus Card when you shop. To enroll in this program, follow Kroger Rewards Instructions. Shop and contribute today!
Methodist Children’s Home – Located in Redford, the Methodist Children’s home provides an environment of love and understanding that assists children in becoming healthy and productive. Our volunteers host a Christmas party for the foster children, provide gifts, and plan activities during the year.  Methodist Childrens Home Brochure
Puppy Love – Puppy Love provides the opportunity for elementary children and youth and their pets to brighten the day of senior citizens with a simple act of kindness. We visit an assisted living facility on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, download a Puppy Love Packet.
StreeThreads – Our team heads to the inner city of Detroit every Monday and some Thursdays throughout the year. We serve a bagged lunch, beverage, new socks, new underwear all year and in the winter months we serve hot food as well. We are sharing the abundance of our church and offering a prayerful ear to our friends on the streets. Streathreads Brochure
 Visitation MinistryVisitation Ministry – Volunteers with warm hearts and good listening skills make phone calls, visit, deliver flowers or take communion to our members who are at home or in retirement communities. Training is available.
Week of Hope Mission TripKids’ and Youth Summer Mission Trips – Children and Youth, 4th grade and up, have the opportunity to pack their bags and learn about their faith by participating in a mission trip. Through Group Workcamp’s Week of Hope, children, youth and adults from our church join with groups from across the USA to work on a variety of projects and grow in their faith.

For more information, please contact Bev Richardson, Missions Coordinator