Here at Wesley United Methodist Church, we know it’s important to look for opportunities to support our community, both locally and globally. In order to have the most impact, we intentionally focus our mission work on a specific cause during each of the four quarters of the year. We also partner with several other community agencies throughout the year. Take a look at our current missions and let us know how you would like to be involved! If you would like more information, please contact Sam Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Quarter – Wings of Hope
Each year in January, we hold a concert in our sanctuary and invite some incredible musicians to join us. All proceeds go toward supporting Wings of Hope through Hearts with Haiti. Here’s a bit more about this awesome mission…..
“Since 1994, Wings of Hope has been a critical part of the St. Joseph Family, providing a safe, happy, loving, caring, and hopeful family environment for children and young adults with physical and mental challenges. Today, Wings of Hope provides a home and second chance for over 30 residents who would otherwise be shunned by Haitian society.”
Click on the 2017 cover for more information about this year’s event!
Second Quarter – Determined Each Year Based On Priorities/Needs
Our leaders here at Wesley UMC decide where to focus our mission efforts during the second quarter of the year. There are so many ways we can work to change lives and show the world how God wants us to care for each other. We have a very compassionate church family here, and we look locally, nationally, and internationally to find projects that resonate the most with us.
For 2017, we’re bridging the 1st and 2nd quarters with a special emphasis during Lent (the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter, March 1st – April 16th). We’re focusing on the fact that “You Can CHANGE a LIFE” – families will be saving their loose change in a mason jar bank that we’re going to pray over together at the start of Lent. On Palm Sunday (April 9th), we’ll bring all of our jars back in and celebrate over them on the same day we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. Then, on Easter Sunday (April 16th), we’ll have the final celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and our own efforts to change people’s lives to reflect the way He changes ours.
The funds will be used to help families and individuals in need in our community as they are identified. We already know we will be helping to support one family whose wife/mother is preparing to receive a lung transplant. These funds will be used to help with some of the extra expenses that go along with that life-changing surgery.
Third Quarter – Olde Providence Elementary School
We are so lucky to have an awesome elementary school right here in our neighborhood! Olde Providence Elementary School is right across the street from us, and we love it when we get to connect with them throughout the year. They’ve joined us in the past for various PTA events, and since the third quarter includes the start of the school year, we sponsored a breakfast at the start of the 2016-2017 school year to help them gear up for their students and get started on the right foot. Come back soon to check out our Tower of Tissues that we collect to get OPE’s supply started….
Fourth Quarter – Christmas Shoppe and Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
We love celebrating Christmas, and these two missions are wonderful! The Christmas Shoppe is an annual mission sponsored by Candlewyck Baptist Church here in Charlotte. It is a collaborative effort with area churches, and the goal is to provide under-resourced families in our community an opportunity to purchase items for their families at Christmas for pennies on the dollar. Families are also given a bag of food and a food card so they have enough for a Christmas dinner. We collect clothing, toys, and food at Wesley UMC before this weekend event, and then several members of our congregation often volunteer to help run the Shoppe. Keep an eye out for announcements so you can drop off donations and visit Wesley while you’re at it!
Operation Christmas Child is an awesome project through Samaritan’s Purse, and you’ll find the Christmas Shoeboxes piled up in the gathering area here at Wesley UMC! Each year, we send out information to our congregation to get started, and we’re also a dropoff location for those in the community who fill the boxes and need somewhere to take them. How does Samaritan’s Purse describe this mission? “The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox Gift Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication.”