Feeding Individuals and Sharing Hope
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…
This ministry (celebrating its 25th year in 2014) is a tradition at VUMC which helps feed families and people in need. In cooperation with other local faith communities, a hot meal is served at the Winter Shelter site during the months when the shelter is closed, usually March – November.
Volunteers 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.
Watch for more information in the Spring, when the shelter closing date has been set.
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.
Grocery bags with a list of current needs are distributed the week before Communion Sunday which is the first Sunday of the month. The filled bags are brought to the Fellowship Hall.
Youth Prison Ministry
Help incarcerated youth at the LA County probation camps who are searching for redemption, direction and meaning. Connect with God through weekly non-denominational Bible studies, Sunday worship, one-on-one religious counseling and special events, which include bi-monthly Game Nights where volunteers enjoy an evening of conversation and board games with the youth.
Cheerful Givers is another fellowship opportunity, where young women and volunteers make crafts to give away to others. There are special celebrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas with food and music. Unpaid servants can be involved in one or more activities as their schedule allows.
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.
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. One place they will turn to is Bridge to Home, Santa Clarita’s winter shelter. 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.
VUMC will be providing dinner, evening safety patrols, and hosting breakfast on several dates in early 2017: January 28th & 30th, February 19th, 20th & 21st. For more information and to sign up, please contact Scott Malchus.
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.