Helping Locally

Upcoming Ways to Serve

Family Promise, November 12th – 19th

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.

To sign up for a meal, or to serve as an evening or overnight host, during the week of November 12th, click here. If you would like to help by donating supplies for breakfast, lunch and snacks, click here.

Special Opportunity for November – Giving Thanks Giving

Giving Thanks Giving began in 2006 with a community Thanksgiving meal behind the bike shop in Newhall. It has grown each year, and in 2016 nearly 2,000 people were served a full, traditional Thanksgiving meal. The tradition continues this year, and there are ways for you to help.

Food preparation will take place 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20th – Wednesday, Nov 22nd in two locations. Help is needed preparing stuffing, salad, turkey de-boning, veggie prep, and cooking. Kids are welcome!

For more information on locations, available shifts, and other ways to help please email Pat Moller at: pmoller@lithowerks.com

 

 

Feeding It Forward – Summer Feeding Ministry
The Winter Shelter will open for the winter in mid-November. 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 on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays of each month at the Bridge to Home location.

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. (You may sign-up to provide the whole meal or a portion of it.)

Habitat for Heroes

Habitat for Humanity is building more than 80 homes at the 21500 Centre Pointe Parkway location for former military personnel and their families. There is a project day scheduled for November 11th. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and breakfast and lunch are provided by Habitat.  This project is a great way to show your appreciation for the service and sacrifices of these American families. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Jeff Meyer, jeffmeyer@icloud.com

Ongoing Ways to Serve

Food Pantry

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 – See the links above to sign up to serve.

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 Family Promisetransitional 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.

Senior Ministry

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.

Prayer Shawl

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.