Service

Reaching Out to Our Community and to the World

We believe that our place extends beyond the walls of our congregational home in the city of Saint Louis. Members of Union UMC reach out to support a wide variety of missions in Saint Louis, around the country, and around the world. Here are some of the many outreach opportunities available.

Our Covenant Church in Mozambique

Union UMC maintains a covenant relationship with a United Methodist Church in Maimelane, Mozambique. Union provides financial and spiritual support to the Maimelane Church and community.

As part of our commitment to the people and to the Church in Mozambique, donations from our congregation and our children’s offering, raised funds to build a much needed water well near a United Methodist Church in a village in northern Mozambique. When completed, the well will provide clean and safe water in a location where people currently travel great distances each day to obtain water.

You can find more information about the Missouri Conference Mozambique Initiative from their online newsletter:  November Newsletter

Volunteers in Mission

Each year small groups from Union travel to areas around the country to serve the needs of others and also to learn from others as we enrich our lives and our faith. Previous trips include support for a project in New Orleans to help rebuild a home destroyed by Katrina, a visit to an Indian reservation in Oklahoma to help with repairs and upkeep at community service facilities, and work to help restore church grounds destroyed by a severe tornado in Joplin, MO. There are opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers of all ages.

Our Mason School Partnership

Located near Union UMC, Mason School is a local public grade school with a diverse racial and ethnic student population. The people of Union are committed to enriching the lives and education of these students and supporting their dedicated teachers in a variety of ways. Volunteers read to the very young to help promote a life-long enjoyment of reading. Other recent projects involved expanding student gardens, repainting the teacher’s lounge, preparing meals for teachers on conference days, and donating books, school supplies, and clothing for Mason students.

Saturday Servants

On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers gather to help seniors in our community who need help maintaining their homes. This program, administered by Lindenwood Area Senior Ministries (LASM), is an ecumenical outreach of five nearby churches. Teams help with small home repairs and yard maintenance that help these seniors stay safely in their own homes. No special skills are required. To learn more about participating, if you need help in your home, or if you want to learn more about other services for seniors, contact Katie Weintraub, LASM director, at 314-647-4591 or lasmdirector@gmail.com.

Sewing for The Peregrine Society

Each week, a group gathers at Union UMC to cut, sew, and tie lap quilts for cancer patients supported by the St. Louis Peregrine Society. The Peregrine Society fills a void by providing services and supplies, not typically covered by insurance, to cancer patients residing in St. Louis city or county and by assisting uninsured or under-insured patients with services critical to their care. Sewing skills are not required for this important ministry and new help is always welcome.

Supporting Kingdom House

Kingdom House provides a wide range of services to residents in the Near Southside neighborhood of Saint Louis. For many years, Union has supported the work of this organization through the work of volunteers and gifts of food, clothing, and financial support.

At Kingdom House, “Change Begins Within.” Their programs provide training, education, counseling, childcare, training, and the support of food and clothing. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact www.kingdomhouse.com.

Reaching Out to the Homeless and Food-deprived

The Bridge, operating at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Saint Louis, provides meals, shelter, clothing, and other necessities to homeless and food-deprived citizens of downtown. More than 3000 meals are served from this location each week. Other services provided by The Bridge include temporary daytime shelter from severe weather, mail and phone service for people without a permanent residence, and place to obtain social and medical services.

On the second Thursday of each month, volunteers from Union UMC work a 3 hour shift to help prepare and serve the noon meal at The Bridge. Working under the supervision of The Bridge’s chef, volunteers chop, mix, slice, serve, and clean up as needed. Information about The Bridge can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BridgeSTL. If you are interested in joining our volunteers, contact Union UMC at 314-647-1228 or by email at unionumcstl@sbcglobal.net.

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