At Kingston United Methodist Church, we take outreach to our neighbors very seriously. At any given moment within the life of the church we have numerous projects going on which range from knitting hats for children in neo-natal wards at hospitals, to helping to supply local food pantries, to collecting toiletries and basic necessities for troops overseas.
On the first Sunday of each month we take a special collection called the “hope/hunger offering,” which we then send directly to agencies who work with the poor and needy of our community. In the past, we have supported organizations like Homefront, Trenton Area Crisis Ministries, Women’s Space, and many others.
Each year, we work with our District of the Greater NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to send congregants to serve in areas affected by disaster around our country and world. These “Volunteers in Mission” teams help to repair homes, schools, and bring hope to communities that have lost much.
Finally, through our tithes and offerings to the general church, we support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is an organization that reached thousands of people around the world both before and after disaster strikes. When the devastating earthquake in Haiti hit in January 2010, UMCOR already had a field office in place that was able to begin right away to help ease the pain of people in need.
In short, KUMC is committed to reaching out to our neighbor in any way that we can. This is what we mean when we say “feed more sheep.” If you have an idea for a project or would like to get involved in one of our ongoing outreach ministries, please contact the church office to be put in contact at [email protected] with the appropriate person.