Caring for others and extending a helping hand is the heart of Missions Outreach at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. We take seriously the commandment in 1 Peter 4:10 that each of us should use whatever gift we have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
Our mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.
Our Food Pantry is open every Wednesday, 3:00-6:00 pm and is in constant need of donations and volunteers to provide emergency food for the community. Donations can be dropped off in the Food Wagon in the narthex or by the church office during the week. The pantry can always use detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, canned meats, canned fruit, cereal, crackers and peanut butter.
The Mission Team in conjunction with the UMW Sunshine Circle is continuing the backpack feeding program for Smyrna Elementary School children who are “food insecure.” Food insecure means children, who participate in the free or reduced price lunch program, including homeless children, may or may not have anything to eat on weekends. Gallon size food bags contain 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch/dinner items, 2 snacks, and 2 drinks, and are sent home in the children’s backpacks each weekend.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) alleviates human suffering, whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR operates throughout the world and the US.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Smyrna First is joining the movement to end hunger by 2030 by holding an annual food packaging event, feeding approximately 10,000 people. The food packages will be shipped internationally to the most vulnerable. This project is sponsored by the Senior Adult ministries of the church.