Missions and Outreach at YUMC binds us together as a church family as we reach into the local, national, regional and global communities, serving in love to bring hope to our brothers and sisters in the world. We prayerfully watch for opportunities where we are most needed to serve and use our talents and resources. Many of our current mission projects, which are led by many people and groups throughout our congregation, are listed here:
Monthly Mission Projects
- Prepare and serve dinner at Jan Peek House in Peekskill which houses up to 19 area homeless men and women at a time. Jan Peek House provides residents with shelter and food and helps them get needed support services.
- Collect non-perishable, current-dated food on First Sunday for Yorktown Community Help food bank which serves Yorktown families.
- Collect clothing & toiletries for our Midnight Runs. Midnight Run works with religious and community organizations and schools to bring friendship and distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City.
- Collect Campbell’s soup labels and box tops for education services provided by Red Bird Mission and Clinic in the Appalachian Mountains in Beverly, Kentucky.
Annual Mission Projects
- Collect dollars and cans during Souper Bowl of Caring, which is a youth-led ministry that serves Yorktown Community Help food bank every February on Super Bowl Sunday. Souper Bowl of caring involves youth in fighting hunger and poverty in their own communities.
- Collect soda bottles and cans on Soda Bottle Sunday, which is a youth led-ministry. Each March our junior high youth group selects a charity to donate the bottle returns to.
- Collect towels in April for SPCA of Westchester. During April we celebrate Earth Day and have a Blessing of the Animals service at which we collect gently used towels to help God’s creatures.
- Bring the light of Christ into the local community on Faith in Action Sunday in the spring. Our church gathers on this Sunday morning for worship before going out into Yorktown to cleanup, garden, and help families who have invited us to their homes.
- Collect new kindergarten clothes for Head Starters in June. Head Start is a national program that readies children for school. Yorktown Head Start is the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center and helps lots of kids in Yorktown and surrounding towns.
- Make health kits and deliver to the United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference in June. Health kits are shipped to United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) Sager Brown warehouse to distribute to help displaced people in the midst of disaster all over the world.
- Repair homes in need in the northeast in July at United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth (UM ARMY) camps, which is a youth, college student and adult led-ministry.
- Provide Thanksgiving baskets, which include the entire holiday meal and then some, for Head Start families in Yorktown and surrounding towns.
- Make shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child and deliver to the collection site in November. Operation Christmas Child is about sharing God’s love with needy kids all over the world.
- Buy gifts on our Adopt-an-Angel Christmas tree for needy Head Starters, needy local families and homebound senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels to send love and hope at Christmas.
- Serve those in need where we are invited through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UM VIM). Our church members have served Biloxi, Mississippi and Haiti and many other places on UM VIM Teams who help to build, rebuild and repair homes, schools, churches, clinics and other facilities all over the world. The UM VIM motto, “Christian Love in Action,” is taken from 1 John 3:18, in which Christians are asked to love “not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
- Go out on Midnight Runs to serve our homeless friends in New York City in summer and winter.
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