Outreach Ministry Opportunities for Service in Christ
The following list describes many of the opportunities for outreach ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church. We are a church that serves and ministers to the community. “We invite you to find your place in the service ministry and pray for our community served.”
I Care, Inc. Food Pantry
In cooperation with four other community churches, a food pantry is operated from HPUMC for the distribution of food to those in need. Volunteers from the four churches pick up food, stock shelves and give out boxes of food to those in need. Hours are 9:00 am to 11:00 am Monday through Friday.
I Care works in partnership with Harvesters and DCF to distribute food through the TEFAP program to residents of Shawnee County.
I Care provides emergency food assistance every 60 days to people in the service area (south of 6th street and east of Kansas Ave. to the county lines). I Care uses a Client Choice model based on the number in each household. This system allows pantry guests to take into consideration their dietary restrictions, like and dislikes and what they may already have on hand when making choices.
Anyone is welcome to help out with I Care. Call the church office (785-266-6555) and ask to be transferred to I Care during any of it's regular operating hours.
The four cooperating churches are Berryton UMC, Highland Park UMC, Shawnee Heights UMC and Southern Hills Mennonite Church.
Meals on Wheels Meal Dining Facility
Highland Park UMC provides dining facilities of the church and community five days a week. These nutrition services are targeted to people 60 years of age or older in greatest social and economic need, particularly low-income minorities. Read more
Hot, nutritious meals served daily can assist people in:
Remaining independent in their homes
Managing chronic health issues, including special diets necessary for diabetes, heart related, renal, and swallowing complications
Ensuring their safety at the same time of meal delivery