Our church is committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for our community and beyond. We have opportunities to serve throughout the year for all ages, gifts and abilities.
Here are some ways you can serve at First United Methodist Church:
ZOE is a distinctive three-year program, developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India, ZOE has approximately 28,000 children currently enrolled.
ZOE is invited into communities where orphans are already living and brings them together in supportive working groups of 60-100 children. ZOE’s indigenous staff members help these children articulate their own dreams for their lives. ZOE then provides the small inputs and training they need to work together to transform their lives in just three years. These children who often feel beyond God’s love are able to both see and hear the gospel in ways that are compelling but not coercive.
This is a 3-year commitment for our church, and we will be raising $24,000 (average of $8,000/year) from Jan 2017 – Dec 2019. How can you help? Learn. Give. Volunteer. Pray.
Learn more by visiting the ZOE website – www.zoehelps.org. Give by donating to ZOE and indicate that you are giving to the FUMC Belmont Working Group. Volunteer by becoming a member of the ZOE committee or helping during one of our fundraisers. Please contact Kari Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Pray for our efforts in achieving our commitment goals. Pray for the ZOE staff members who will be training, teaching and working with that group of children. Pray for the children who will be working to escape poverty and learn of God’s love.
FEEDING THE CHILDREN
We provide hot lunches for public school children whose parents request them and deliver the meals to their homes during each Christmas and Easter break. Teams prepare the meals and deliver them each morning.
WEEKEND BACKPACK FOOD PROGRAM
Working with the Gaston County Weekend Backpack Food Program, we pack and deliver a backpack full of shelf-stable food each weekend for 30 children at Catawba Heights Elementary School. Teams help pick-up, sort, pack and deliver the bags each week.
SUMMER FEEDING STATION
Together with other United Methodist churches in our area, we sponsor a Summer Feeding Station at North Belmont Elementary School. Volunteers help serve meals and offer love and support to children in need.
In cooperation with other local churches, we provide temporary shelter for a small number of families experiencing homelessness for weeks each year. Learn more and sign up here.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE CROP WALK
We provide annual support for this ministry to address the hunger needs in our community and around the world.
BELMONT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (BCO)
Many of our members are active in serving at the BCO, a local crisis assistance ministry in Belmont. Our church offers regular financial support each year.
SHOWING OUR CARING AND KINDNESS IN SPRINGWOOD (S.O.C.K.S)
Many of our members are involved in serving at SOCKS, a local crisis assistance ministry in the community of Springwood. Our church supports SOCKS each year through financial gifts as well as donations from food drives and other collections.
NORTH BELMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
We partner with this school in providing support for teachers, as well as mentors and tutors for students.
We’ve sponsored individuals and groups on short-term building and mission teams both domestically and internationally.
Our youth regularly serve through summer mission teams and other opportunities. Check out the youth page to learn more.