Local and Domestic Missions

Local Missions

 

With campuses in Weddington, Monroe, Marvin, and Bonds Grove, we seek to serve in our local communities, both within Mecklenburg and Union Counties. The following includes information and links to current opportunities to serve, as well as links to agency partners doing great work in our communities. Come join us as we serve humbly in love together!  

Upcoming Service Opportunity:

Food Drive with the Community Shelter of Union County – May 15 and 22, 2022

Classes are finishing. Students are graduating. Vacations are planned. But hunger doesn’t stop! Please join us in collecting breakfast and lunch items for the Union County Shelter’s Food Pantry. The Shelter serves over 80 hungry people three meals a day, every day. They also have two drive-thru food pickups each month for those in need.

We will be collecting donations on Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, May 22 in the bins in Helms Hall and the Family Life Center. The most needed items include: cereal, grits, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soup, and individual bags of chips.

Interested in preparing and serving an entire meal? Looking for additional ways to serve? Contact Mission Leader, Stephanie Green.

Serve with Weddington Church

Opportunities to Serve in Local Missions through Weddington UMC

ANGEL TREE MINISTRY

In partnership with the Union County Christmas Bureau, our WUMC community provides Christmas gifts each year for low income children, foster children, and special needs adults in our community. Please email angeltree.wumc@gmail.com if interested in serving with this ministry, or to be added to our email list.

BENTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Join us as we partner with Benton Heights Elementary School in our Monroe community. From book drives and mentoring students to supporting teachers and staff, we are in need of volunteers to lead and plan the growth of this ministry. Please email Leah Primm for more information.

BUILDING BROTHERS

Led by a group from WUMC, Building Brothers has been active over 20 years in working with Habitat for Humanity in Johns Island, SC. Each spring, a group travels to spend a long weekend not only building homes, but also building relationships. Please contact Lloyd Briggs for more information.

CARING HEARTS MINISTRY 

This ministry offers Christ’s love and support to those unable to be active participants in the congregation. Through visits, calls, meal delivery, and prayer support, we develop nurturing friendships with homebound members. Please email Sandra McKee for more information.

COMMON HEART

A local group of volunteers lovingly serves hungry families and provides empowering programs to help people to rise out of poverty. There are many opportunities available to serve, including assisting with the food pantry, food drives, donations, and office work. We are seeking a volunteer to lead the growth of our relationship with this impactful ministry. Please email Leah Primm for more information. 

COMMUNITY SHELTER OF UNION COUNTY

This shelter provides temporary housing for the homeless population in Union County. Groups from the church provide dinner at the shelter the third Thursday of each month. Please email Leah Primm to sign up. In addition, we are currently working in partnership to expand our hands-on opportunities to serve. Stay tuned for more information.

CONGREGATION FOR KIDS

CFK equips and empowers the community to be champions for children, families, and social workers in the foster care system. With recent expansion into Union County, we look forward to partnering with CFK on various areas of ministry throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved, please email Lauren Litaker

DOMESTIC MISSION BUILDING TEAM

Building Brothers, Fixing it for Christ, the Swansboro Build Team, Men’s Connection Project Team, and WUMC Habitat for Humanity are groups that organize to rebuild, construct, and repair in needed areas. While each group has individual projects and missions, they are currently combining efforts to lead in the construction of a home for Habitat for Humanity. Please contact Keith Long to get involved. All are welcome! 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

Classes are open to anyone in our community seeking to learn English in a supportive church environment at the Monroe Campus. Opportunities to serve as teachers, assistants, and childcare providers during these classes are available. More information will be available in Spring 2022. In the meantime, we are in need of volunteers to lead and plan the growth of this ministry. Please email Leah Primm for more information.

THE GREAT WEEK OF SERVICE

For a week in early August, we gather together to focus on serving our community, our neighbors, and our friends. Daily opportunities to serve are available. Stay tuned for more information in Summer 2022. 

HOMEWORK HELP AT THE MONROE CAMPUS

During the school year every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., we gather in the Monroe Campus Fellowship Hall and engage with students from the community, focusing on areas of reading and math. Bible stories, snacks, games, and art time are also included. Volunteers are needed each week to support these students and share Christ’s love through learning and friendship. For more information and to sign up to serve, please click here. 

Additionally, we are in need of a volunteer to lead and plan the growth of this ministry. Please email Leah Primm for more information on leadership opportunities with Homework Help. 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

In partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, volunteers purchase and fill shoeboxes with gifts for children who live in poverty-stricken countries. We also serve as a drop off location for the community. Look for information in early November to participate!

OPERATION SANDWICH 

Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall to prepare over 1,000 sandwiches for those at Urban Ministry Center and Union County Community Shelter. For more information and to sign up to serve, please click here.

OPERATION SANDWICH HELP FROM HOME

Help From Home enables individuals, families, and small groups to make and deliver sandwiches for the homeless in our community from the safety and convenience of our own homes. Kits are provided with needed supplies and instructions. Please email Aaron Smith for more information.

SEWING MISSIONS

Sew Many Blessings, Quilts of Valor, and Golden Girls are mission-based groups that gather for a time of fellowship and sewing. Through projects like quilts for the Pastoral Care team to distribute as needed, receiving blankets, bibs, and quilts to honor the military, these groups use their skills to bless others. No quilting experience needed, just basic sewing knowledge. Please email rcmrct@yahoo.com for more information.

WEDDINGTON KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE

Started in the fall of 2003 by the Susanna Wesley Circle, the Weddington Kids Consignment Sale is a bi-annual sale that raises money to support local missions in our community. Agencies such as Turning Point, Matthews Help Center, and Union County Crisis Assistance are examples of organizations that benefit from the Weddington Kids Consignment Sale through monetary gifts and unsold item donations from generous consignors. Additionally, many consignors and shoppers benefit from this mission through affordable clothing and/or a source of needed income for their families. We are actively looking for volunteers to serve on the Weddington Kids Consignment committee, or volunteer at our events.  Learn more

Connect with the Community

Opportunities to Serve in Local Missions through Mission Partner Agencies and Organizations

Listed below are agencies and organizations within our community that Weddington UMC partners with and supports. If you are looking to get involved in the community, these are great groups to work with. Each agency organizes its volunteer needs and signups independently. See below for links to their websites for more information. Thank you for supporting our community partners!

COMMUNITY SHELTER OF UNION COUNTY

Provides temporary shelter for the homeless in Union County. In addition to our church serving a monthly meal, food drive donations, food pantry volunteers, and shelter supplies are always appreciated. Click here for more information.

FIXING IT FOR CHRIST

In partnership with Waxhaw UMC, volunteers work together to rebuild, repair, and “fix things” for those in need. Click here for more information.

HOUSE OF PEARLS

This Christian ministry is dedicated to helping women heal, restore, and rebuild their lives following addiction or bondage. Click here to learn more. 

INNERVISION (LOVE INC) 

This agency serves individuals with trauma, and mental health and addiction challenges in the Charlotte area by providing health and wellness services and developing tools needed for employment, education, and personal development during their recovery journey. Click here to learn more. Reborn Computers NC is an affiliate organization that provides computers to those who could not otherwise afford them. If you know of a computer need, please contact Lloyd Briggs for more information.

MATTHEWS FREE CLINIC

Matthews Free Clinic provides free healthcare to low income, uninsured people of Union and Mecklenburg counties. Click here to learn more and see ways to become involved. 

MEALS ON WHEELS (SENIOR NUTRITION)

The Union County Senior Nutrition program delivers meals daily to homebound residents with the help of volunteers. Click here for more information.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY CRISIS ASSISTANCE

For Mecklenburg County residents, this agency provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. Click here to learn more. 

METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN IN MONROE

This setting provides safe, stable homes where children can thrive and live to their full, God-given potential. As opportunities to serve become available, they will be updated here.

OPERATION REACH OUT

Located in Monroe near our church campus, this agency seeks to provide help and hope to those in need. From Bible studies and a free lunch to providing crisis assistance and meeting daily needs, volunteers and support are needed and appreciated. Click here for more information.

ROOF ABOVE (URBAN MINISTRY CENTER)

Roof Above is serving people in Charlotte who are experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. They offer street outreach and basic services, as well as shelter and housing. Click here to learn more and see volunteer needs.

SAFER COMMUNITIES MINISTRY

This ministry invests in the lives of incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, addicts, and their families to help promote spiritual growth and healing. The work done here greatly impacts communities with the reductions of recidivism, reuniting broken families, and transforming lives. Click here to learn more.

TURNING POINT

Turning Point is an organization located in Union County that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Click here to see how you can help.

UNION COUNTY CHRISTMAS BUREAU

Throughout the months of November and December, there are a variety of ways to get involved from collecting items for Christmas stockings, to sponsoring food drives, and serving in person at the Christmas Bureau preparing gifts and meals for our neighbors at Christmas time. For more detailed information and to sign up to serve, please click here.

UNION COUNTY CRISIS ASSISTANCE

This organization provides direct emergency assistance for families in crisis, and assists in securing housing and access to services to help them return to financial stability and success. Click here to learn more.

UNION COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity works to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope with a mission to provide decent affordable housing to lower income families. Click here for more information.

 

Domestic Missions

 

THE DOMESTIC MISSIONS BUILDING TEAM

This team of dedicated volunteers supports organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, UMCOR, and Fixing It For Christ in various ways to give back to our communities in North Carolina and South Carolina. Please contact volunteer coordinator Keith Long for more information. 

 

More Information

For further information on our Local and Domestic Mission opportunities, please contact our Missions Pastor, Rev. Rocío Ávila-Ramírez or Missions Assistant, Leah Primm at the church office.

Training and background checks are provided by our church for any volunteer services with minors and vulnerable adults.