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.”
Restorers - A place of Healing and Hope
We are a Christian group that supports individuals and families struggling with grief with the death of a loved one. We can help by finding and strengthening your faith in Jesus Christ and learning how to heal with God's help, allowing him to comfort you. Everyone from the community is also welcome. Contact the church office at 785-266-6555 for more information.
Meeting time is every fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm.
Restorers will not meet in July, but will start again in August on the 4th Tuesday.
Emergency Assistance Program
We provide emergency assistance to individuals and families on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Our ability to help depends on donations our church members make to our emergency outreach fund. Typical things we help with include utilities, prescriptions, transportation, and occasionally rent. With increased frequency, we are seeing families where the head of the household has recently been laid off their job due to economic conditions of their employers. This program is coordinated through our church office.
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 five churches pick up food, stock shelves and give out boxes of food to those in need. Hours are 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Recently, commodities have been made available through the food pantry and some participants of it have been assisting with a backpack program that provides food to school children in backpacks when they do not have access to school lunches. 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.
Meals on Wheels Meal Site
The church provides the facilities to pick up meals to the elderly of the church and community five days a week.
Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas serves seniors and homebound in Shawnee, Jefferson and Douglas counties.
Hot, nutritious meals delivered 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