You are to use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. -- I Peter 4:10
The goal of our church mission outreach is make disciples and to show the love and grace of Jesus Christ with everyone everywhere!
Local Outreach Programs
As a church, we have a special responsibility as set forth in scripture to help our families, schools and neighbors. We have various ongoing opportunities for you to stay engaged and serve others.
This group along with several other ladies have made over 10,000 masks for our church members and our schools as well as numerous other outreaches like Firehouse Shelter, Manna Ministries, Sozo Children, VA hospitals in Birmingham and Chicago, the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. They have also been busy knitting hats and gloves for the homeless shelters-over 900. The group is continues to make plarn mats for the shelters as well.
We continue to provide dinner at the downtown men's shelter on the first Thursday of the month. In person serving options are now available!
Manna Ministries- Alabaster
Grocery delivery for families in need is ongoing through curb side pick up at this ministry in Alabaster. Volunteers are needed on Saturday morning to help with loading the groceries into client's vehicles.
A food drive will be held on Sunday, May 16 - you may drop off your non-perishable donations before each worship service that day or from 1-3:00 p.m. at the back entrance.
On the following dates we will be serving at Manna Ministries- 6-7 volunteers are needed on each day- Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, August 28 from 7-10:30 a.m.
Ronald McDonald House- Birmingham
Through your faithful giving to our Faith Promise fund for missions, we have been able to provide meals and gift cards for the families who are currently staying at their downtown facility.
Sozo Trading Store- Avondale
All of the proceeds from their store will benefit the Sozo Children's home in Uganda. We will be serving there sorting donations on a regular basis. The next date is Saturday, May 22 from 9:30am-12:00 noon. There is something for all ages to do there!
This ministry provides residential, therapeutic programs to female victims of human trafficking who have been sexually exploited. Interested volunteers can complete an on-line training sessions at the cost of $40. Areas of need are sorting clothing and office assistance. We also recently organized a clothing drive for the residents.
Morning Prayer Group
This group is returning to meet in the church and will continue to pray for the church, our community and the world.
Thank you, Helena UMC for your prayers, presence and financial contributions! It is because of you that we are able to continue to share the love of Christ with our community.
To register for any of these outreaches, contact Sherri Smith at Mission opportunties. Want more information about these opportunities? Contact Sherri Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO FROM OUR FESTIVAL OF THREE KINGS EVENT IN DECEMBER:
Helena UMC has sponsored our Festival of Three Kings project for over 10 years -- where church members buy Christmas gifts for the foster children in Shelby County DHR ... plus the church holds a morning of games, Santa visits and more for the foster children each December.
It's one of our favorite mission projects each year!
Videos from Our Missionaries (Click Link to View)
Beth & Bryan Tatum - Costa Rica
Soldier Care Packages - monthly
Each month a care package is shipped overseas to those serving in our military. Items that are specifically requested would be: powder laundry detergent, dryer sheets, protein bars, , body wash and deodorant, feminine body wash and shampoo. You may drop off your donations in the hallway located next to the fellowship hall.
National Mission Opportunities
Appalachian Service Project
We will travel to Jonesville, VA October 14-17 to help make homes warmer, safer and drier for local residents. If you like to swing a hammer or paint, then join us on this journey into Appalachia.
International Mission Opportunities
TMS Global- Costa Rica
We partnered with Beth & Brian Tatum to send a team of six volunteers to work with them in March 2020. The team had a fantastic time and you can find the sharing video on line.
BMDMI Honduras- Eric & Christy Duplantis
The dates for the trip this year are June 1-8, 2021. The team will provide medical care, medicines, optometry and dental clinic, and will distribute food and clothing to the village. We recently contributed funding for the purchase of rice and beans to local villages in Honduras through our missionaries Eric & Christy Duplantis.
Sozo Children- Uganda
This ministry exists to provide care for neglected, abandoned children who live on the streets in Uganda. Their new facility is home to more than a 100 children where they receive schooling, medical care and most importantly love. Their local thrift marketplace store located in Avondale helps to support the facility in Uganda. Volunteer opportunities are available to sort clothing at the thrift store any weekend.
Interested in any of these opportunities to serve? Contact Sherri Smith at email@example.com or call 205.663.0111.