Reaching out to change lives and transform the Stockton community through care, service and witness . . .
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. --John Wesley
Alcoholics Anonymous – An independent non-denominational organization that meets in the church basement, room 100. Call 417-276-6388, 417-276-3943 or 417-276-6461 for more information.
Aluminum Can Recycling – Coordinated by United Methodist Men, aluminum cans collected in the church parking lot are recycled for cash to fund missions.
Angel Tree Ministry – Coordinated by United Methodist Men in cooperation with Prison Fellowship, this once-a-year effort creates a connection between children and their incarcerated fathers by providing Christmas gifts through individual donations.
Bereavement Committee – A group of church women who assist the families of recently deceased members of the congregation with a special emphasis on a family meal in the Family Life Center immediately after funeral services.
Care Packages – Women in the church donate items and pack soldier and college student care packages. Our missions fund helps pay for the postage.
Christmas Baskets – Sponsored by the Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance, the interdenominational group takes applications, processes the information and raises funds—including a community-wide special Thanksgiving Day collection. The group then organizes the distribution of food and gifts for the children of Stockton's families in need for the Christmas celebration. Comforter Project – United Methodist Women quilters make and donate comforters and quilts to families who have suffered serious loss, such as homes destroyed by fire or storm and to residents of the Stockton Nursing Home. Members stress “you don't have to be able to sew to help!”
Cub Scouts – Sponsored by United Methodist Men, this scouting program is for Cubs (6-8 PM Tuesday) and Webelos (6-8 PM Thursday)
Disaster Recovery – Funded by the missions team, usually at the call of the pastor, the church reaches out both locally and beyond to those placed in need by tornadoes, hurricanes and similar disasters.
Firewood – Coordinated through United Methodist Men, our woodsmen cut and deliver firewood to those who need it to warm their homes. In 2010, donations bought another ark for Heifer International
Food Pantry – Sponsored and coordinated by the Stockton Ministerial Alliance, with Stockton UMC representation by its pastor. Our missions fund financially supports the pantry each month and many members of the congregation support it by placing needed canned or packaged foods in the large collection box located in the church hallway. Others volunteer at the Food Pantry to help disburse food.
Meals on Wheels – Sponsored by the Stockton Ministerial Alliance, several churches including Stockton UMC provide volunteer drivers to deliver prepared meals to seniors unable to go the Stockton Senior Center. This usually requires volunteers once a month and is coordinated by the church office.
Highway Clean-Up – Coordinated through United Methodist Men, about four times a year volunteers pick up litter along a one-mile stretch of State Highway 32 from a short distance west of the Stockton square to the western junction of Highways 32 and 39.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Coordinated by the Reach Out Circle of UMW, anyone can become involved in this effort to knit or crochet shawls of prayer and comfort of soft yarn for those people in distress. The group meets once a month in a participant's home.
Prison Ministry – Coordinated through United Methodist Men, a rotating team of three volunteers visits the Cedar County Jail every Tuesday to witness their Christian faith, to let the prisoners know there are people who care and to provide stationery, candy and such things as jigsaw puzzles.
Recycling– The Stockton Unit of the United Methodist Women coordinates a wide range of recycling in the community:
- Maintains the aluminum can recycling center in the church parking lot
- Operates a small recycling center in the hallway near the Family Life Center that accepts: aluminum tab tops, cell phones and accessories, egg cartons, eye glasses (prescription and reading), magazines, plastic shopping bags, printer ink and toner cartridges
- Collects and distributes used items for the Stockton R-1 elementary and middle schools, the high school art department and Head Start
- Compiles and publishes "A Guide to Recycling in Stockton"
Photos from Serve 2013 Electronic Recycling
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Rummage Sales (Semi-Annual) – Sponsored by United Methodist Women, this semi-annual rummage sale is held early in May and October each year to raise funds for missions both local and around the world. It accepts practically anything in clean, gently used condition, for example: bicycles, books, clothing, furniture and household items in good working condition.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Members of our congregation take turns ringing the bell to fill the Salvation Army's red kettle outside our Woods Grocery Store. Their Red Kettle Christmas Campaign funds food, toys and clothing for over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide.
Study Buddies – Adults in our congregation personally involved in the life of a Stockton elementary student. They help the student read, tutor in math and mentor.
Tiger Tasters Weekend Food Backpacks – Started in 2010 and coordinated with the Stockton R-1 School District. Volunteers purchase and inventory food, pack backpacks every Thursday with enough food for two-day weekends (two breakfasts, two hot lunches and snacks), four-day weekends, and the two-week Christmas break. Volunteers deliver the bags to school to send home with children who would otherwise be hungry. Volunteers represent several churches and civic groups.
Thanksgiving Dinner – An annual Thanksgiving Day dinner provided by the congregation for all in Stockton who have no one with whom to share this celebration or who cannot afford a celebration.
Serving Beyond Stockton…
- Festival of Sharing – A multi-denominational outreach program held annually on the third Saturday of October at the State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo. This gathering of several thousand people from about 30 churches and faith communities statewide serves four purposes:
- Generates financial and material responses for hunger, poverty and crisis
- Meets and challenges injustice through advocacy and systematic change
- Promotes awareness of hunger and justice issues, local and international outreach opportunities and stewardship responsibilities
- Encourages and enables hands-on experiences with mission projects.