Community Service

Newark FUMC hands around worldWithin our faith community our service includes:

Open Door Meals:  Free community meals and programs are periodically scheduled during the year and held in the Newark First UMC downstairs dining room.  Upcoming Open Door Meals will be announced in the “Events” section of our website.  There is no meal scheduled at the present time.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact  J Joslyn at 315-332-0472,

Operation Christmas Child  (  The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.  Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoe boxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Samaritan’s Purse and its partners deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents. For more information, please contact Jeanne Strobridge.

Family Promise of Wayne County: A non-denominational organization dedicated to helping children and their families move from homelessness to sustainable independence. This program is new to Wayne County in the fall of 2018.  Volunteers are needed.  For more information, please contact Elsie Dedrick.

Handy Man Ministries:  The Newark First UMC Handy Man Ministries is a group of men who meet at the church the second Saturday of each month at 8:00am for fellowship and to complete various projects for our members and throughout the community.

Caring and Sharing:  The Newark First UMC Caring and Sharing group meets Thursdays at 10:00am at the church.  This group provides cards and prayers to those in need.  Gift bags of personal items are provided for Hannick Hall’s women in need overcoming addiction.

– Nomads are volunteers who take an RV and go where help is needed.
United Methodist Women
– Lunches at Emmanuel UMC: We help cook and serve free lunch each week.
– DeMay Living Center – in addition to help leading worship, we have visitation volunteers.
– Hospital – You will often find our members volunteering at the information area.

There are a variety of organizations that use our building to build a better world and serve the common good. We believe it is part of our community service to make space available for this purpose!

– Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
– MOMS Club – Just because you’re a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean you always have to stay at home. Visit their website for more information and meeting time.
– Girl and Boy Scouts use our facility, weekly!
– Together in Christ (TIC) Community Christmas Dinner: Together In Christ is a group of representatives from all of the local churches in the Newark Community. We host dinner.
– Finger Lakes Parenting Network, Inc. uses our building to meet and build strong relationships.

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