Outreach is our faith in action, living out Christ’s love beyond our church walls.
This ministry expresses our love and concern through focused action consistent with United Methodist Social Principles, reaching out in God’s love to those in need. A variety of outreach projects provide opportunities for compassionate service at the same time nourishing our Christian connections and relationships: Sunday suppers, CWS Crop Walk, refugee ministies, JFON, New Hope Food Pantry, ChildServ, Avenues To Independence, Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market, and more.
Opportunities for Outreach Ministry include:
New Hope Community Food Pantry We collect and distribute food items as a part of this Chicago site’s community services. Groceries are collected and delivered once a month to support the pantry.
LifeSource Blood Drives These are hosted at periodic intervals.
Crop Hunger Walk A community wide event that brings awareness to the issue of local and world hunger, it is coordinated with other area churches and held in October. Proceeds benefit Church World Service and our local Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry.
The Giving Tree Holiday gifts for children and food baskets for families offer an opportunity to be generous during the Christmas season and support the work of ChildServ, helping underserved children and their families in Chicagoland.
Sunday Suppers First UMC partners with local churches and other community organizations in providing a meal on Sunday evenings for the hungry. Meals are served at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, September through May.