North Whidbey Help House - Our local food pantry. We collect non-perishable items throughout the year to donate. Our donation bin is located in Centennial Hall, and items are delivered each week.
Learn more about Help House here.
SPiN Cafe - Serving People in Need, SPiN is a drop-in center that offers meals, laundry, and other services to those in need. SPIN cooks their free meals in our church's kitchen twice a week, and some of our small groups volunteer there.
Learn more about SPiN Cafe here.
The Haven - Our church has hosted this year-round emergency overnight shelter for adults and families for two different four-month periods. Several members of our congregation also volunteer with The Haven and its parent organization, The Whidbey Homeless Coalition.
Learn more about The Haven here.
UMCOR - The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the global humanitarian aid and development organization of the United Methodist Church. Any time there is a natural disaster, UMCOR is one of the first organizations to offer aid. Our church supports UMCOR through financial donations as well as by sending a team of volunteers to the UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, LA every couple years.
Learn more about UMCOR here.
Youth Mission Trips - Our youth group takes a mission trip every year to a different location. The work might include construction/repair projects, site cleanup, food bank, children's programming, homeless outreach, and more. Recent trips have included San Diego, CA (2019), Cortez, CO (2018), Portland, OR (2017), and Coeur d'Alene, ID (2016).
Jamaa Letu Orphanage - Every year our church participates in Jars for Jamaa Letu, a fundraising drive to support the Jamaa Letu Orphanages in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Learn more about Jamaa Letu here.
Operation Christmas Child - This Samaritan's Purse project delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to boys and girls around the world each year for Christmas. Our members can put together their own boxes of goodies, help sponsor the shipping of shoeboxes, or participate in a large group effort to fill many boxes from the congregation. Recent years have seen our shoeboxes delivered to Uganda and the Philippines.
Learn more about Operation Christmas Child here.
Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care for individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their life. It may be loss of a loved one, a hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness, spiritual crisis, unemployment or job crisis, a terminal illness, incarceration, aging, birth, adoption, a chronic illness, relocation or any other difficult life experience. We all experience these challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry, so the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
- A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
- A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
- Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.