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. As we serve, our goal is to build relationships with those we encounter, modeling Jesus' love and grace in every way.
DISASTER RELIEF- October 17, 6:30 p.m.
In response to Hurricane Florence, our Service and Missions Committee is organizing a cleaning bucket and hygiene kit packing event. Choose items to contribute from board provided in the narthex on September 30th and October 7th. Or, signup online to donate items needed for the event.
Note: All contributions should be returned to the table in the Carpenter Hall lobby no later than October 14th. Any items not received by this date will have to be purchased.
POTATO DROP- Postponed
First UMC Belmont will be participating in a “Potato Drop” with other churches from our Missional Network in the parking lot of Park Street UMC at a date TBD. Our fall potato drop had to reschedule after flood waters affected harvesting abilities on farms.
The Society of St. Andrew, a national organization that focuses on feeding the hungry, will drop off 40,000 pounds of gleaned potatoes – normal vegetables perfect to eat but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing enough for a grocery store – that will be separated and bagged by volunteers. Volunteers will help prepare 10-pound bags of potatoes to be donated to local charities like the Salvation Army, BCO, and SOCKS. Two hour-long blocks are available to help stuff 10-pound bags of potatoes. We will also need volunteers with trucks willing to deliver potatoes to local charities. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with other area churches and organizations and to show care and compassion by feeding the hungry. Click here to let us know you will be joining.
Our church is serving as a Hope Companion for a community of vulnerable children and orphans in Giti, Rwanda. Over the course of 3 years together, the children will journey to overcome extreme poverty and learn how to improve their lives and the lives of their community. You can learn more about our Zoe partnership by clicking here.
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.
In cooperation with other local churches, we provide temporary shelter for a small number of families experiencing homelessness for weeks each year. Our church will be hosting families from December 2- December 9, 2018. Check back in November for more details on how to volunteer.
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.