Missions

Our community outreach programs and youth initiatives are designed to help those in need.

We don't require that you belong to any particular religious affiliation or financially support our organization in any way. We only ask that you return one good deed with another and perform an act of kindness for another. In this way, the cycle of compassion and goodwill continues indefinitely.

Our mission is to spiritually uplift our community, and work toward a greater good. We work tirelessly to feed the hungry and clothe the poor. We help those seeking spiritual healing and enlightenment find the path to a higher power. Our faith-based outreach serves people of all races, creeds, and religions. We support our fellow man, and serve as a guiding light.

Our membership is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we've been able to accomplish more, and have a greater impact on our community. We welcome you with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a cherished part of our faith-based family.

Local Missions are headed by Kathie Noffsinger and Global Missions by Pat Gwaltney.  Please contact them with any questions, suggestions or interest you may have.

Cinderella Project

We are off to a great start for the new school year!  Thanks to you, our generous church members, the Local Missions Team for Lower Church has already delivered many needed health items, snacks and clothing for our Middlesex County public school students!  The mission, called the “Cinderella Project”, began several years ago to assist our school youth through the school nurses and their health clinics.  Below is a current list for each school and we will update the requests as needed.  If you would like to purchase and donate any of these items, the donation box is in the hallway to the fellowship hall.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, checks may be made out to Lower UMC with “Cinderella Project” in the memo line and brought or mailed to the church office.  With your cash donations we recently purchased clothing and large boxes of healthy snack bars for the school clinics.

Lower UMC Cinderella Project October 2022:

Middlesex High School

cereal bars or granola bars without nuts

tissue boxes

reusable water bottles (should be clear/translucent/see through)

disinfectant wipes

chapstick

St. Clare Walker Middle School

cereal bars or granola bars without nuts

reusable water bottles (should be clear/translucent/see through)

chapstick

Middlesex Elementary School

cereal bars or granola bars without nuts

clothing in all sizes from 2T to 16, especially shorts and pants

girls shirts in sizes 14 to 16

girls’ and boys’ small sizes of underwear

plastic bags for ice (cheap bags that can be tied or ziploc bags)

chapstick

Northern Neck / Middlesex Free Health Clinic

Funded by Donations

Staffed by Volunteers

Neighbors helping neighbors

The Northern Neck / Middlesex Free Health Clinic in Kilmarnock provides medical, dental care and pharmacy for low income families in Middlesex, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties. Volunteers from Lower United Methodist Church, Grafton Baptist, and First Baptist Amburg staff the ​Freeshade Community Center in Syringa every Thursday from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

For further information about the clinic, contact NNMFHC at 804-435-0575

http://www.nnfhc.com/

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry

“Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:14, ESV

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations.

Lower UMC is pleased to be a part of this ministry.  The steps to participate are as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • Collect your shoebox(es) from the church.
  • Fill them with love and gifts for children. For directions on how to fill your shoebox, see: HOW-TO-PACK-Promo-Insert. For gift suggestions on what to include in your shoebox, see: 2021-Gift-Suggestions-PDF.
  • Return the shoebox to the church the week of November 14 – 21.

You also have the option of making a monetary donation rather than filling a shoebox.  The cost of one shoebox is $25.o0 ($10 of that is for shipping.)  Make your check payable to Lower UMC and mark “Operation Christmas Child” on your donation before placing it in the offering plate.

 

Martha Circle and Esther-Sarah Circles have combined to become the Martha Sarah Circle of United Women in Faith.

The Martha Sarah Circle invites you to join them every second Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

​United Women in Faith is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000
members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. United Women in Faith principles and values include: promoting empowerment of women, children and youth, promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism, promoting inclusion and equity, promoting fair labor practices and promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

LUMC Unit president: Donna Will

Martha-Sarah Circle leaders: Susan Chaney and Donna Will