Vincent United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Outreach

 
 
OUR OUTREACH MINISTRIES                Outreach Collections

Our many outreach ministries are essential to the life of Vincent Church. They feed our souls and help us touch the lives of others in our church, community, and the wider world.

      Outreach to our Visitors and Members

Fishers: Embodying Vincent’s well-deserved reputation as a friendly and caring church, the Fishers welcome visitors and stay in touch with members who are unable to attend church regularly. Fishers try to call on everyone who visits our sanctuary, welcoming them with a brief home visit and inviting them to become part of the Vincent community.

Following worship every Sunday, we gather for a Fellowship Hour to share coffee, tea, and delicious goodies and to meet and greet one another.

      Local Outreach

Vincent is a sponsoring and hosting church of the Community School of Nutley, which provides child care for infants through kindergarten.

On the first Monday of every month, the Vincent Church Care Pantry provides essential items that do not qualify for food stamps, such as paper goods, diapers, and laundry detergent, for needy families in our community. Generously supported by the Vincent congregation, the Care Pantry also receives support from local community groups, other churches, local schools and businesses, many scouting programs, and Shop Rite’s Partners in Caring Program, whose annual grant enables us to purchase items from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey at a reduced rate. We, in turn, send volunteers from our youth groups and church community to stock shelves and repackage food at the food bank.

Both youth and adults enthusiastically participate in New Jersey’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides emergency housing for families in crisis. In partnership with other local churches, Vincent offers its facilities to homeless families for two to four weeks every year and when emergency needs arise. Members of the Vincent Church family provide bedding and beds, cook and serve meals to our guests, visit with them nightly, assist children with homework, and provide sleep-over supervision. When families find permanent housing, Vincent serves as a support church, helping to supply the families with furniture and household items.

At Christmas, our Living Nativity, complete with live animals and actors, brightens our front lawn with a re-enactment of the joyful story of the first Christmas. We invite everyone to enjoy a cup of hot cider and listen to the Christmas story as it unfolds before your eyes. If you’d like, when you come, you can add something to our colorful mitten tree, which Vincent’s members and friends decorate every year with warm mittens, hats, and scarves for local families in need.

Vincent Church also supports Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, nondenominational housing organization that builds decent, affordable housing in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Vincent Church provides financial support, and its pastor, members, and friends regularly volunteer their labor to help build houses in Newark and Paterson.

Vincent is pleased to offer its facilities to host Nutley’s Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, AA, and local MS Support Groups.  We welcome inquiries from other groups that may wish to use our space.

Wider Outreach

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said, "The world is our parish," and Vincent Church is proud of its long history of dedication to global mission. We currently support an indigenous missionary in sub-Sahara Africa, as well as mission work in other nations and health, education, and food programs in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Vincent Church responds to emergencies near and far with special contributions for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In the recent past, through our generous support for UMCOR’s disaster relief work, we have been able to provide emergency funds for hurricane victims in Florida, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast, those devastated by the recent tsunami in South Asia and the earthquake in Pakistan, and relief and assistance programs for those affected by HIV/AIDS. One-hundred percent of all contributions for UMCOR programs are used for relief efforts.

Vincent Church’s members, including its children and youth, also generously support programs such as the following, among others not listed here:

• efforts to eradicate world hunger through special offerings and educational programs;

• outreach to the men and women serving in the armed forces;

• the Heifer Project, an international aid program that provides animals for needy families throughout the world, with the expectation that those families will give the first-born offspring to their neighbors, who, in turn, will pass the next first-born to others, thus promoting eventual self-sufficiency;

• Church World Service programs, including the annual Crop Walk, which raises funds for local hunger-fighting initiatives, such as our own Care Pantry, and for national and international relief efforts, including ongoing grief counseling for those impacted by the 9/11 disaster; help for hurricane victims in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast; support for the Africa Project, which cares for those infected with HIV/AIDS and their families; and help for those, especially women and children, forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, famine, and natural disasters.
 
 
Missions Social Concerns CROP Walk

Global Mission Partner Congregation

Missionary – Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine

Person-in-MissionBrazil

World Service Fund

           Ministerial Education Fund

           Black College Fund

            Africa University

Conference Benevolences

United Methodist Committee on Relief

World Hunger

Bread for the World

Missionary Newsletter - July 2012

United Methodist Homes

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Care Pantry

        VUMC Care Pantry Team

Nutley Family Service Bureau

Nutley Red Cross Food Pantry

Community Food Bank of NJ

CAUSE

CUMAC-ECHO

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