Annie Dillard writes, “We live in all we seek.” At BUMC we seek to love God. Our mission is to serve God by serving God’s world, to be reconcilers ( 2 Corinthians 5:18) and peacemakers, to liberate the oppressed ( Luke 4:18), to befriend and accompany the poor, to tell the truth and to tell the good news that God is love and there is hope for us all. We believe it is important to be personally involved in mission as active participants and not just supportive observers. Currently we are reaching out in the following places:
On the first Saturday of each month, BUMC volunteers create and serve hearty, nutritious meals to hungry men and women at Bristol Kitchen in Waltham, MA. Cooking for Bristol Kitchen is one of our oldest mission efforts in continuous service, having served well over 100 consecutive monthly meals. Bristol Kitchen is an established soup kitchen that serves from 50 to 80 people each evening. About half of the clients served are residents of the Bristol Lodge shelter and the rest are people from the community. There are no requirements for using the soup kitchen and no registration is needed. In the more than eleven years that we have been providing meals, our cooks and servers have ranged from the very young to the elderly, from long time members of BUMC to our newest friends. On many months a mix of volunteers fill the need, at other times the youth group, a scout troop, a church class, or a family steps in. Our volunteers have provided meals even when the first Saturday has fallen on the 4th of July, New Year's Day, or during a major snowstorm.
BUMC Volunteers come together at the Belmont Food Pantry on the third Saturday of every month to sort, shelve and distribute food to the less fortunate members of our community. The Belmont Food Pantry provides supplemental supplies of food and other necessities to members of the Belmont community. Your donation of food and household supplies helps low income persons in Belmont. Belmont United Methodist Church has a drop off basket in the Narthex for donations to the Belmont Food Pantry. We deliver these donations to the Food Pantry on a regular basis. Help with deliveries and working at the Food Pantry are always welcome. All donations should be within the expiration date limit.
Through Partakers’ “College Beyond Bars” Program, BUMC sponors an inmate at MCI Framingham. We provide material and emotional assistance to help advance her education. Members correspond with her and visit with her to provide moral support and guidance. Members correspond with her and visit with her to provide moral support and guidance. We have been working with our current client for the past four years. She is successfully working toward a bachelor’s degree through Boston University’s College Behind Bars program, with the aim of completing it before her release. We also supply her with a phone so she can reconnect with her children.
Belmont United Methodist Church delivers knitted, crocheted, tied fleece, and sewn baby blankets to the Young Parents Clinic at Children’s Hospital. We welcome the donations of yarn and cloth which anyone making a blanket may use. Any blanket donations may be left in the church office for delivery to Boston. The Young Parents Program (YPP), a specialty clinic within the CHPCC at Children's Hospital Boston, provides comprehensive medical care, mental health services and advocacy to high-risk, inner-city teen parents and their young children. The program serves approximately 250 teenage mothers, 75 young fathers and 300 babies every year. YPP works with teen mothers and fathers from low-income and at-risk environments that have the highest rates of pregnancies and the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes.
Fair Trade Coffee is bought directly from farming cooperatives around the world at prices higher than those paid by middlemen. Because they receive a higher price for their products these farming cooperatives are able to sustain their communities and enhance their educational and health services. BUMC has committed to using only fairly traided coffee in its official church functions. In addition, twice monthly, fairly traded coffee, tea and cocoa are made available for the members of the congregation to buy for personal use. Fair Trade coffee is a mission of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). More information on fairly traded coffee can be found at. http://www.equalexchange.com.
Each year we provide Christmas Gifts for the children of Cooper Community Center and their young siblings. Cooper Community Center is located on Washington St. in Roxbury and serves the Greater Roxbury neighborhoods. We will have names and ages of children to receive gifts. People purchase gifts for specific children or donate funds for the youth group to purchase the gifts. There is a big wrapping party early in Dec. Everyone is welcome to help.
Belmont United Methodist Church and Calvary UMC in Arlington have an In Gathering to supply Thanksgiving dinners for the needy in Arlington.
Each year at Thanksgiving and during the December holidays the Food Pantry gives shopping cards for Shaw’s and for another store such as TJMaxx to their clients. This replaces the intensive drive for special Thanksgiving and Christmas food bags. People who wish to contribute may write a check to BUMC with Food Pantry on the memo line.
During December we will be selling gifts of animals for the people in the third world. All donations go to help people help themselves. Families are given an animal to raise, and benefit from the eggs, honey, milk, wool, etc. from the animal. When the animal has offspring, the first born goes to another family to help them prosper. This cycle continues so that our gift keeps on giving. Watch for the sales table in the Social Hall during December.
Belmont United Methodist Church raises funds for Nothing But Nets, a mission to bring mosquito nets to Africa to prevent malaria. Malaria is a leading cause of death of children in Africa, killing nearly one million children each year. Every day 3,000 children die from the disease. A net can be sent to Africa for $10. The People of the United Methodist Church have been in mission across Africa for more than 160 years. The denomination’s work in the area of malaria prevention makes it a natural partner for Nothing but Nets.
1. Human Relations Day calls for the Church to recognize the right of all God’s children to realize their potential. It supports Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services and the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. There is a special collection for this mission the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day in January.
2. One Great Hour of Sharing calls for the Church to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. This offering supports United Methodist committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is the humanitarian-aid organization for The United Methodist Church. It brings hope, provides relief from hunger and disasters and teaches peace. One Great Hour of Sharing is the fourth Sunday in Lent.
3. Native American Ministries Sunday reminds the Church of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. 50% of the donations are used by the annual conference to strengthen Native American ministries and 50% provides scholarships for Native Americans attending schools of theology. This special collection is two weeks after Easter.
4. Peace with Justice Sunday witnesses to God’s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world. The annual conference and the General Board of Church and Society split the receipts to support Peace with Justice. Peace with Justice Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost.
5. World Communion Sunday calls the Church to be an inclusive church. These donations are used for scholarships for racial and ethnic minority graduate students, undergraduate students and those seeking second careers in church-related vocations. The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday.
6. United Methodist Student Day calls the Church to support students as they prepare to unite faith with knowledge. Scholarships and student loans are provided from these funds. Student Day is the last Sunday of November.