There are a number of ways to be in mission and ministry in your local community. Some of the involvements and activities of our New England United Methodists include:
Prayer Quilt Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Habitat for Humanity
Teen Drop In Center
After School Program
Cards to Missionaries
Volunteering within the New England Conference
If you are looking for ways to volunteer beyond your local community, check out the New England Conference Advance Specials. Not only do these groups and organizations need your financial support, but many also need volunteers to help in a variety of areas of their ministries.
In addition, you may want to consider hands-on mission opportunities with independent and partner organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. See the Mission Spotlight below for Habitat's Merrimack Valley Chapter.
Suggested Mission Activities for Children and Tweens
Looking for ideas on how to involve children and tweens in mission activities? Following are some suggestions that are simple and easy to pull together that will help make a difference in people’s lives. Note that some of these activities can also work well for all ages - even the oldest members of your congregation!
Gather baby items such as diapers, wipes, pacifiers, shampoo, etc. for mothers living in women’s shelters.
Put together Get Well Kits for children who are sick or are in the hospital. Kits might include books, crayons and coloring books, and stuffed animals.
Visit nursing homes, independent living or assisted living facilities for an afternoon of crafts and games.
Create and send greeting cards to soldiers stationed away from home.
Ask church members for donations of teddy bears. Spend the day creating tags for each bear and ask the children to write a note on each tag. Laminate the tags and secure to each bear. Deliver the bears to a local police or fire station or women’s shelter where the bears can provide comfort to children in crises.
Create an adopt-a-grandparent program where children/tweens can spend time one-on-one with a homebound senior or a senior living in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Collect non-perishable food items for the local food bank, or help your church create a food pantry for the community.
Get inspired by our New England churches!
New England churches of all shapes, sizes, and locations are involved in life-changing, world-changing mission! Click hereto get inspired by some of the stories of our New England churches moving out into their communities to Change the World. You may find an idea here that is right for your church too. Then, go and do likewise!
Think your church is too small, too "financially challenged", too ____ (you fill in the blank!) to undertake a mission project or to make an impact? Think again! Click on the video below to see how some small churches in New England have turned their vision outward and are making a difference in the lives of others!
Sharing your story
We hope your congregation will extend your mission work and participate in the call to Leap into Mission. And no matter when you undertake a mission project this year, we invite you to share what your congregation is doing. We are collecting stories from around the conference - we want to hear and to share what God is doing in your congregation and community.
Click Here to share a brief story about a mission activity in your church.
Get involved! Find new ways to serve in your community, and be a part of Christ's mission to transform the world!