Local and National Missions
2021 Local Mission Opportunities
Habitat for Humanity The Domestic Mission Building Team has taken on the construction of a home for Habitat for Humanity. The home site is near Mineral Springs and will begin construction on Saturday, November 6. Work will continue through the end of February on Saturdays. Our Team will be framing, siding, installing windows and doors, painting, etc. All plumbing, HVAC, and electrical will be done by licensed contractors. Habitat for Humanity will provide supervision. We will have varied crew sizes depending on the work to be accomplished. No specific skills are needed to assist and you only need basic hand tools (hammer, tape measure, gloves, etc.) If you have a desire to serve and give back to the community, we would welcome your assistance. Please contact volunteer coordinator Keith Long by email or 704-635-0340 to let us know of your interest.
Homework Help Ministry Homework Help meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at our Monroe Campus Fellowship Hall. Elementary age students gather for a time of fellowship and learning. Reading and Math are our areas of focus this year. Our desire is to be in community with these students, sharing the love of Jesus in all we do. Many hands are needed to read one-on-one with a student, to play a math game, or to have fun in the art area. We look forward to serving together! Click here to sign up. For more information, please contact Leah Primm.
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. For more information and to sign up to serve, click here.
Angel Tree Ministry Each Christmas season, Weddington UMC partners with the Union County Christmas Bureau to adopt foster children, low income children, and special needs adults in our community. Our Angel Tree Ministry serves as an opportunity to make this Christmas season special and to spread the love of Christ with our neighbors. Angels will be available for adoption during all of our Sunday services on November 7, 14, and 21. Come see us in Helms Hall, the Family Life Center, or at the Monroe Campus on Sundays. Click here to learn more.
Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Dates Operation Christmas Child boxes are always so special to the boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time. They need the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Drop-off dates for the boxes are Monday, November 15 through Monday, November 22 in Helms Hall: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, November 17 – 2:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 21 – 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Domestic Building Missions
Habitat for Humanity: Builds safe, affordable homes for lower-income families in the area. Volunteer opportunities available in construction and at the Restore.
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.
Inner Vision: Formally Love Inc. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Monroe Mission Campus
In the fall of 2014, we were delegated a church property in a culturally diverse residential area of Monroe. This mission campus gives 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. Since then, God has been doing wonderful blessings, allowing us the opportunity to be witnesses of His glory. We began with Homework Help and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. From that, we have developed relationships with the families surrounding the Monroe Campus. Now, we have a variety of hands-on mission opportunities, from building wheelchair ramps to distributing food during Christmas. Furthermore, it is in walking distance to Turning Point and very close to other agencies such as Union County Shelter and Union County Crisis Assistance. We have been able to go from service to evangelism and discipleship. In 2018, we began a Sunday evening bilingual worship service. We also offer Life Groups for all ages on Friday evenings and Praise & Worship practice on Tuesday evenings.
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. Beyond supporting the children from the neighborhood with their homework, we are becoming their friends in Christ. Volunteers are needed and welcome to help with the homework or simply to come and be present with the children.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes – Classes are open to anyone in the community from our Monroe Campus seeking to learn the English language in a supportive church environment. We also provide childcare during the classes. Classes meet on Tuesday evening s at 7:00 p.m. beginning on February 9 and continue through the end of May. There are opportunities for people to serve as teachers, assistants, and childcare providers.
Benton Heights Elementary – Most of our Homework Help children attend Benton Heights Elementary. It is in walking distance to our Monroe Campus. Through direction from the Benton Heights principal, we support the school in as many ways as we can. We are committed as the school’s PTA, providing teachers with treats and care.We also have an open door with the school for volunteers from our church to become regular partners and mentors with students.
Other Local Missions
Operation Sandwich (Urban Ministry & Union County Shelter): On the Second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall, 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.
Parkwood High School: We supplement the dry and canned food products for the school’s food pantry from which a team of teachers discretely provide students in need with a bag of groceries for their dinner and meals over the weekend.
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. Learn more on the House of Pearls website.
Safer Communities Ministry: A prison ministry which regularly meets with inmates through mentoring relationships and Bible studies. Learn more on the Safer Communities 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 visit www.jaars.org.
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.
Room In the Inn: Through this ministry of hospitality, we welcome homeless men, women, and children to our Hemby House with a warm bed and meal 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.
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 2021.
Domestic Mission Trips
Building Brothers: Each year a group of 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.
Ministries we partner with financially:
- Gideons International
- Crisis Assistance Ministries of Mecklenburg County
- Union County Crisis Assistance
Training and background checks are provided by our church for any volunteer services with minors.