Ministries & Outreach to our Community and World
Algood United Methodist Church gives support in funding, gifts and volunteers to Helping Hands of Putnam County (http://www.helpinghandspc.org/) for people in the community in need of help with basic necessities. We also have our own fund called the "In Celebration of Life!" fund, which provides financial aid for persons seeking help with utilities, medicines, groceries and gasoline to get to doctors.
The church's Family Life Center gymnasium is opened to various community groups in need of such a space. The Boy Scouts of America, home school basketball and volleyball teams, the Algood Lions Club and others regularly use the FLC for special events or meetings. At times, the Senior Citizen Center has also used the FLC for their members. Local citizens seeking a safe and sheltered place for morning walks frequent the FLC on weekdays; open from 9-Noon. At Christmas time, the Algood Christmas Parade concludes in the FLC with carols from the AUMC Chancel Choir.
Each April, the Outreach / Witness Committee organizes and hosts a "Ten-Cent Clothing Sale" offering shoppers gently used clothing and shoes at a low cost of one dime per piece. The sale receives a great response year after year and has become a favorite tradition for bargain shoppers in our community and region. Items for the sale come from church members and those wishing to donate. All profits from the sale are then put back into the funding of our missions and outreach.
Church members volunteer at Algood Elementary School to help students learning to read and at Algood's Signature Health Care to share fellowship and the gift of music with those unable to attend church services. Donations to local schools and the Adult Learning Center help provide needed supplies to our community's children and adult learners. Donations to the United Methodist Church Committee on Relief support disaster relief in Tennessee, our nation and the world.
Beginning in 2013, the Outreach / Witness Committee joined efforts with other local churches in the Putnam County “Backpack Program” to help provide school-aged children with food to take home on weekends. Studies show that as many as one in five children do not have adequate food on weekends. Concerned with helping to reduce hunger in our community AUMC regularly provides community meals.
On the second Saturday of each month, a Community Breakfast is hosted in the Family Life Center, open to all those that would like to enjoy a country breakfast with all the "fixings" for a minimal price.
We were introduced to our newest ministry, the Infant Cradle Ministry, by member, Milt Collins, who also did the leg-work to get this ministry off the ground here at AUMC. The description of this ministry from his brochure:
"In Tennessee, it is the responsibility of the parents for the disposition of their stillborn child’s remains when the pregnancy terminates. In many cases, distressed and needy families face financial hardship in dealing with these requirements. In reaction to these unfortunate circumstances, AUMC launched a ministry to build and provide infant “cradles” free of charge for the transfer of the remains from Cookeville Regional Medical Center with dignity. It is our hope that these cradles will express the love of Jesus to some unknown family in a time of distress, sorrow and need.”
AUMC craftsmen and women came together to assemble an inventory of beautiful lined cradles to distribute when needed.
Algood UMC's members contribute to the church's "mission" faith community and work to see it thrive and grow for years to come! Our hearts are open to mission. Please come join us!