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:
Dinner Church is now taking a break. However, during the pandemic, our church cooked over 3,900 free meals for people in our community from March 2020 through May 2021. Some meals were delivered, others preferred to drive through, offering not only food but also a time to check in and offer prayer as well.
Communion to the Homebound is a wonderful way to serve by bringing the sacrament shared during worship to those who are at home. There is a short class offered before being sent out. Some prefer to serve as a team, and others alone.
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.
Midcoast Youth Center is an active organization in Bath for our youth. Our church regularly cooks meals for the youth center, and there are many opportunities for adults to minister to youth there such as providing homework help or work on a craft with a small group.
Good Shepherd Non-Food Bank is a mission we support out of the Bath Adventist congregation. We collect requested supplies for this important work.
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.
Dog Will is a way we can help all of God's creatures. We help make dog toys and provide donations for this community mission. We also often co-host the annual blessing of the pets with Grace Episcopal Church.
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 homeownership 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.