Ways to Serve
Family Promise provides housing, meals, and assistance to homeless families who are working to regain self-sufficiency. VUMC hosts families 4 – 5 weeks during the year. There are several ways to help during a hosting week:
- Dinner: deliver dinner to the church kitchen at 5:45 p.m.
- Dinner and Evening host, 5:30 – 8:30p.m.: eat dinner with the families and then spend the evening helping with homework, playing games, or sharing conversation
- Overnight host, 8:30p.m. – 7:00a.m.: spend the night at the church in a designated room in case the families need assistance, or in case of an emergency
- Donate necessary items for the families to use while they are our guests.
Next weeks: February 18-25, May 6-13.
Bridge to Home
When the winter months approach and the temperatures will begin to drop, Santa Clarita’s many homeless will seek warmth from the cold and nourishment for their hungry bodies. Since 1996, Bridge to Home has provided safety and shelter to the homeless residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. Inside the walls of Bridge to Home, the hungry and the hurting receive compassion from their neighbors. Lives change and hope grows.
We are called by Christ to help our brothers and sister, to care for them, feed them and provide for them in the name of God. Serving at Bridge to Home is one of the ways that Valencia United Methodist Church reaches out into our community to share God’s love and grace.
Bridge to Home has need of supplies to help them keep things running smoothly. If you would like to donate supplies, a list of those needed is here.
Feeding It Forward – Summer Feeding Ministry
(The Winter Shelter is now open. Feeding It Forward will resume Summer 2018.)
Matthew 25:35 …for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…
We have a long history of feeding and helping people in need. In cooperation with other local faith communities who serve dinner Monday – Friday, VUMC provides a hot meal once a week during the late-spring and summer.
Volunteers provide and deliver dinner: a hot dish, salad/vegetables, side dish, and dessert to the location, and may simply drop the meal off or stay to help serve the clients.
Ongoing Ways to Serve
Communion Sunday Food Drive
The Santa Clarita Food Pantry and Help the Children are the local organizations that our church supports through the Communion Sunday food drive. The organizations provide supplemental food to the residents of Santa Clarita and have experienced a significant increase in individuals seeking assistance during the past year.
A list of current needs is included in the bulletin the week before Communion Sunday which is the first Sunday of the month. The donated groceries are then brought to the Fellowship Hall that Sunday morning.
Hill’s Angels – Youth Prison Ministry (on hiatus)
Help incarcerated youth at the LA County probation camps who are searching for redemption, direction and meaning.
Family Promise is a community wide, interfaith program designed to provide families in crisis with a place to stay together as a family, and assistance in solving the underlying causes of their homelessness. Currently, there are over 850 homeless children in the William S. Hart School District, signaling an important need here in our local community. This successful nationwide program is designed not only to provide transitional housing for homeless families, but to help individuals become self-sufficient again through individualized training, counseling, and support services.
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley welcomed its first guests in 2011. VUMC hosts the families four times per year. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please email Karin Stamison.
The Senior Ministry provides opportunities for fellowship, companionship and support. The team coordinates a luncheon in February, May and November for any senior who wants to share a meal and good times with others.
No experience is necessary to join the Prayer Shawl ministry. Gathering on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in room 1 at the church, the group prays, knits, crochets, and shares in a time of fellowship. New members are warmly welcomed and basic instruction on how to knit or crochet as well as extra needles, hooks and yarn are always available.
The prayer shawls are a powerful reminder of God’s love for each of us. The crafters are blessed through their work, and the recipients are blessed with the gift of prayer and support. Prayer shawls are available for anyone to share with family and friends who are in need of prayer support and they are given to individuals listed on the church prayer chain.
Congregational Care Team
Prayer and support are the cornerstones of this in-person and phone visitation ministry. During times of transition such as grief, illness, surgery, newly married or the birth of a baby, the trained congregational care team provides support through prayer and visitation.
Visits take place in pairs and are offered in the hospital, at home, nursing centers, assisted living or through phone calls. Members of the team choose the time and location that they would like to visit.