Communal Ministry members serve in a way that reaches out to the community so that others might connect to God through Jesus Christ. These service areas reach into places where people may never attend a church, but may just need a caring presence and a Christian example.
Troop 39 and Pack 39 are ministries of Southport United Methodist Church. Leadership and mentoring provide opportunities for young men to grow in faith, commitment and service.
We are called to be stewards of God’s creation and we often fall short. As SUMC takes small steps in being better, we have added recycling options inside and outside the church building. Future goals are to educate ourselves and the community. All skills will support this ministry.
Equipping Ministry & Ministry Discovery
Assist individuals with discovering how God has gifted them to serve others and connecting them with ministries in which to serve.
SUMC members and friends provide food for local pantries, such as Hunger, Inc., to serve the hungry and those in need. There are opportunities to assist with monthly food collection, to share of the bounty of your garden, and to deliver donations to the pantries.
Staff Contact: Brandon Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org
God’s Will Breakfast
Third Thursday, monthly
SUMC provides breakfast at Fletcher Place Community Center in the Fountain Square area. There are opportunities to set up, prepare food, serve food, interact with others, and clean up.
Various Times (ongoing)
SUMC partners with Homecroft Elementary School in Perry Township. Serving at Homecroft is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children at a formative time of their development. Get involved after school at the After-School Achievers club (aka, homework club) and, during the day, assist teachers as a H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pupils Excel) mentor. Additional opportunities may include supporting the school staff with daily needs and educational offerings for parents, serving with Perry Township Religious Education classes [4th & 5th graders], and two additional opportunities below.*
Homecroft: Community Festival & Movie Night*
SUMC partners with Homecroft Elementary School to provide a free festival with food, games, bounce houses, and additional activities for the community families. Many helping hands are invited to organize, serve, greet, and monitor games and activities.
Homecroft: Jubilee Christmas*
Christmas Season & Christmas in July
Serving families from Homecroft Elementary and the community providing food staples, personal care items, clothing, toys and gifts during the Christmas season. In July SUMC supports families with back-to-school needs. A variety of talents are needed for events: organizing, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, setting up and cleaning up.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Four weeks a year
We provide accommodations for homeless families who have been accepted in the Family Promise (IHN) ministry. During their stay at Southport, we invite people to serve as drivers to and from the IHN Center to the church, to prepare dinners for the families, to host overnight, to shop for groceries, and to set up or tear down the guest’s bedrooms. SUMC has been an IHN partner since 2003 … because every child deserves a home and we want to give every parent the fighting chance to provide it!
Vary year to year
Prison Ministry (Kairos)
Fall and Spring Groups
Team members share the love of Christ inside prisons with incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families two weekends each year. Additional opportunities include baking cookies, praying and attending closing ceremonies with the team. The Kairos website contains additional information.
Ronald McDonald House
2nd Saturday, RMH
3rd Sunday, RMH Room (Riley Hospital)
We serve twice monthly to support children and families. Dinner meals are prepared and served. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with the families who have a critically ill child in the hospital. Cooking, baking, setting up and cleaning up are hands on skills and gifts of hospitality and care.
Contact for all groups (unless otherwise noted): church office, email@example.com