The Bath United Methodist Church serves the community and world with Christ’s love in response to his love for us. Here are just a few of the ways you can join us in serving:
Drive-Thru Dinner Church began during the COVID-19 pandemic, moving from a monthly free community dinner with worship to a weekly “to-go” hot dinner. The program is providing meals for many people, particularly in our senior housing. Volunteers serve as food preparers and servers as well as delivery within Bath.
Monthly Community Dinner Church began in Fall 2019 as a way of engaging people from the community in a more casual experience of worship as well as a healthy meal and time connecting with others. We share a short meal blessing and conversation followed by a brief interactive message with Pastor Gwyneth, and close with sharing praises and prayers. Volunteers help prepare and cook, set up the space, greet, lead music and clean up. This ministry is suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bath Area Backpack Program was begun by our church and is now its own non-profit! It’s mission is to generate funds to provide nutritious, easy to prepare food for food-insecure children to ensure that they have enough food during school-year weekends and vacations when they can’t depend on school free and reduced-price meals to avoid hunger. You can join us in packing food each month, donating and many other ways. Check out the link above, and check out the backpack program on facebook.
Bath Food Bank and Soup Kitchen was also begun by our church and is now its own non-profit. The food bank is set up more like a grocery store with guest assistants in each area. The Pantry serves Bath, West Bath, Woolwich, Arrowsic, Georgetown and Phippsburg and are located at 807 Middle Street in Bath. If you need assistance, you can contact them at 737-9289. The Bath UMC serves at the food bank and soup kitchen and we hope you will join us! For more information, check out the link above, and check out the food bank on facebook.
Disaster Relief Kit Verification – Our church became the first official HUB for verifying disaster relief kits in Maine. About a dozen volunteers were trained by Mission Central in 2018. Go to this link if you would like directions to assemble a kit and bring over to the church for verification. And if you would like to be trained as a HUB volunteer please contact the church office.
United Methodist Economic Ministry (UMEM) is a mission of the United Methodist Church in New England. UMEM provides a variety of vital services in Northern Franklin County region including: a thrift shop, a food cupboard, housing repairs, outreach services, crafting opportunities such as wreath making to supplement income, emergency assistance, referral services, emergency fuel, a back to school program, baby layettes, Christmas gifts for adults and children, nutritional information as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. The ministry is located at 1458 Salem Road (Rt 142) in Salem, Maine. You can reach them at 678-2611 and check out UMEM on facebook.
New Hope for Women Midcoast offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and provides educational resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future. The Bath UMC hosts an annual fundraiser for New Hope and can help connect you there to serve or if you need support.
Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers aims to create successful home ownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building sustainable housing and repairing and weatherizing existing homes. The Bath UMC is a supporting organization. There are many opportunities to serve, including in home-builds and at the re-store.