Weddington UMC is active in ministry at the local, national, and global levels.
Please contact our church office about any of our local ministries.
Winter Hygiene Item Drive With the extra freeze that has arrived, we are having a Hygiene Item Drive on two Sundays, February 10 and 17, to help our homeless neighbors at the Union County Shelter. Please refer to the list below for items requested. Donations can be dropped in the bins against the window wall in the Family Life Center gym, as well as in bins in Helms Hall and at the Bonds Grove campus. Click here to view the full list of requested items.
Room In the Inn In partnership with Urban Ministries, we welcome neighbors from the Mecklenburg area to our Hemby House where we offer a comfortable space and a bed to sleep in, accompanied by a warm and delicious meal. We need your help! There are many ways you and your family can serve. You can set up beds, cook and serve meals, welcome and sit with folks, or be part of the overnight team. For further information please call the church office. The dates are: December 14-15, December 21-22, January 11-12, January 25-26, February 1-2, February 15-16, March 1-2, and March 15-16. Volunteers are still needed for January through March.
Kenya Mission Donations Needed Our Kenya Mission Team is looking for donations to take to Nyahururu, Kenya:
1. Smartphones and Tablets – Apple or other brands that have been wiped clean of personal information and are UNLOCKED. These phones/tablets will be given to Pastors to help with their ministries. *If you don’t know how to “wipe” your phone or tablet, we will work with a trusted IT person to make sure it is completed before taken to Kenya.
2. Reading Glasses – reading glasses in strengths from +1.00 to +3.50. We will be testing the eyes of the GGFAN Staff, Pastors and their church members, as well as villagers.
Please turn in your donations on Sundays at the Information Centers in the Sanctuary and FLC. We will be collecting each Sunday throughout the year as we are planning to send teams in early December 2018, April 2019, and summer 2019. You may also drop these items off at the church office throughout the week. If questions, please contact Bradd Blocker or Paula Burnett.
Habitat for Humanity: Builds safe, affordable homes for lower-income families in the area. Volunteer opportunities available in construction and at the Restore. Please contact Lloyd Briggs.
Repair Teams: Once a month, teams from the church assist individuals and ministries in need by making repairs on homes and facilities. This group also makes repairs on church facilities. Please contact Ed Krzebetkowski.
Love INC: Love In the Name of Christ is an agency that serves to form helping relationships between the poor, elderly, or disabled who have unmet needs to churches and church members willing to meet those needs. Ways to help include grocery shopping for the elderly, helping to build a handicapped ramp, and doing yard work. Click here to view a full list of volunteer opportunities. Please contact Lloyd Briggs.
Homeless and Feeding Missions
Charlotte Rescue Mission: Ministers to individuals caught in cycles of poverty, hopelessness, and addiction by meeting their spiritual, physical, social, psychological and vocational needs. A group from the church leads worship quarterly at the mission. Volunteers are also welcome to serve and provide meals. Please contact Sharon McFadden.
Community Shelter of Union County: Provides temporary shelter for the homeless population in Union County. Groups from the church provide dinner for the shelter the third Thursday of each month. Please contact Pam Runkle.
Operation Reach Out: Offers help to people in need in Union County by addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of those they serve. They offer emergency food, medicine, clothing, household items, and funds to people in need. Volunteers are needed to help with a daily lunch and Bible study as well as to organize and unload donations. Please contact Linda Hastings.
Monroe Mission Campus
In the fall of 2014 we were given a church property located at 520 Engleside St. in Monroe, NC. The church is in a neighborhood that is classified as high risk due to elevated levels of poverty, single parents, diversity, and numbers of adults without a high school diploma. Our mission campus will give us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as we seek to be in relationship with the people in the community. Through social events, tutoring, partnerships with the local schools, mentoring, financial planning help, and much more we hope to help the community take steps out of poverty. Please contact Kevin Veith.
Homework Help Ministry – Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Twice a week we help students from the community with their homework in the fellowship hall. Students are welcome to come anytime during that time period. Volunteers are welcome to help with the homework or to provide snacks. Contact Millie Forbidussi.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes: ESL classes are open to anyone in the community seeking to learn the English language in a supportive, church environment. Classes will meet starting February 9th and continue through the end of May on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Monroe Campus fellowship hall. There are opportunities for people to serve as teachers, assistants, and providing light refreshments. Please contact Kevin Veith for more information.
Other Local Missions
Operation Sandwich: On the Second Saturday of each month we come together to humbly serve our community in love. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a local mission on these days to make sandwiches for the Urban Ministry Center. Please contact Rev. Rocio Ávila-Ramírez.
Restoration House: A ministry in Monroe that helps men rebuild their lives through a residency program which allows God to heal emotional scars and restore their families while learning life skills. Please contact Bill Mayes or learn more at www.restorationhouses.org.
House of Pearls: House of Pearls, a transitional residency program for women in Wingate, brings spiritual healing to women and helps them make a fresh start in society. Mentors are needed to walk alongside the residents on their journey. Please contact Bill Mayes or visit the House of Pearls website.
Wycliffe Bible Translators/JAARS: Through partnerships worldwide, JAARS provides technical support services and resources to speed Bible translation for all people. Wycliffe supports churches worldwide in providing a Bible in every language. The JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw has many volunteer opportunities. Please contact Kent Allain or visit www.jaars.org.
Ministries we partner with financially:
Crisis Assistance Ministries of Mecklenburg County
Union County Crisis Assistance
Great Week Of Service: Each year WUMC celebrates the Great Week of Service by focusing on a variety of service opportunities to support concentrated in one week. Click here to learn more about the Great Week of Service 2018.
Operation Christmas Child: In cooperation with Samaritan’s Purse, church members fill shoeboxes with gifts for children who live in poverty stricken countries. We also serve as a drop off location for people in the community.
Union County Christmas Bureau: We partner with help agencies in Union County to provide Christmas gifts and meals for families in need in Union County. For more information please contact Shelley deMontesquiou.
Room In the Inn: Through this ministry of hospitality, we house and feed up to six homeless men, women, and children twice a month during the winter months. Volunteers provide hospitality and food for our homeless neighbors as they share the love of Christ with each other. Please contact Cindy Hicks.
Each year a group of around 24 men from our church travel to John’s Island, South Carolina to work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity for four days. While there, the men work on homes and form relationships. Come one, come all as we build relationships and Habitat for Humanity homes for families in need on Johns Island, S.C. Please contact Brian King for any additional information. Click here to learn more about the 2019 trip.
Weddington UMC is currently in ministry in four different countries outside of the United States. Please contact Bob Consoli, our Foreign Missions Chairperson, about any of these ministries.
A new partnership in becoming a light for the capital of arts and culture in Romania.
Light from Light Church in Sibiu, Romania is one of three Methodist churches in Romania. In late 2014 Pastor Cristian Istrate and his wife Ligia started meeting with a small bible study. As the attendance started to grow, soon Cristian and Ligia were asked by the group to start meeting Sundays, as a church, and in November 2014 were officially established as a United Methodist Church under the presence of Superintendent Daniel Topalski. Their work is not focused only inside but also outside the church. They currently have projects:
- Working with teenagers in the Skate Park, counseling and evangelism.
- Hosting regular UMW meetings where non-Christian women are invited to hear about God.
- Ministry with the orphans.
- Sharing faith through music and events.
World Methodist Evangelism in Botevgrad, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union and has been rebuilding the church community after Communism fell in 1989. Weddington UMC helped build and continues to financially support, a church in the town of Botevgrad, through your tithes and offerings. In addition to our partnership with the church, WUMC supports Lipnitsa Orphanage, FSCI Early Years Education Program and the “House of Joshua”. For more information please contact Tonya Tapp.
Costa Rica Building Teams
Weddington UMC partners with churches in Costa Rica to help establish facilities for worship and housing. Most recently we are working with a congregation to build a shelter for battered and abused women and children. Groups travel to Costa Rica during the month of January. Please contact Bob Consoli for more information.
Weddington UMC helped start, and continues to support, The Home of the Good Shepherd, an orphanage which houses 67 children in Nyharuru. We also partner with God’s Grace for all Nations (GGFAN), a ministry that starts churches, trains pastors, and takes food and the gospel to the 22 unreached tribes in Kenya. Several years ago we donated a truck to their ministry which transports relief food to the unreached tribes and was used to rescue fellow Christians during the tribal clashes of 2008. Please contact Ron Melvin for more information.