Outreach Ministries are a very important aspect of life here at OrangeUMC. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, in service to a hungry world.
“I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (The Message).
Outreach Ministries here at OrangeUMC have four main components: Food and Shelter Ministries, Prison Ministries, Evangelism, and Special Events.
Food and Shelter Ministries
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
IFC Men’s Shelter
OrangeUMC has a long standing relationship with Interfaith Council (IFC), and serving the needs of our surrounding community. One of these ministries is providing a meal to the men’s shelter the first Thursday of every month. A team of volunteers cooks, delivers, and serves a meal to both the Rosemary Street facility and residential facility across the street. This ministry is always seeking volunteers to help prepare, cook and/or serve food.
Contact Liz Moore if you are interested in becoming a part of this very important ministry.
Orange is partnered with Pathways Elementary School in Hillsborough, providing food for 31 children on the weekends when school lunches are unavailable.
We pack bags on Thursday mornings and deliver them to the elementary school. Bags are packed to provide 3 meals on Saturday, 2-3 meals on Sunday and a few snacks. We provide simple items children can prepare for themselves.
Items we like to include are: soups, pasta with meat in pop top cans, vienna sausage, mac and cheese, ramen noodles, cereal bars, oatmeal, rice or pasta in microwave bags, fruit cups, pudding cups, peanut butter and crackers, jelly, microwave popcorn. Each week we inventory what food supplies we have on hand and plan out our bags for the week. This is a thorough and methodical program.
Homestart is the local shelter, which is part of IFC, for women and children located near our campus on Homestead Road. The shelter is divided into three buildings: two for women and children and one for just women. Our church is committed to providing meals to the women’s shelter the first and third Fridays of each month. In addition, OUMC provides holiday meals and extra food whenever they are in need.
Women depend on weekly evening meals, which are often the only food that the women have during the day. Several times a year, batches of soup and spaghetti sauce are provided in order to supplement the meals. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated women like Karen Cranfill and Helen Clark, Orange has been very blessed to be able to minister to many of the other needs that these ladies have.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this very important ministry, please contact Helen Clark.
Food Bank of North Carolina
In January of 2016, OrangeUMC entered into a relationship with the Food Bank of NC by becoming one of their partner agencies. The partnership with the food bank allows Orange to increase the number of children receiving food through the Backpack Buddies program. Last year OrangeUMC distributed holiday meals to 45 families and served over 1200 meals throughout the year.
Many of the fundraising activities throughout the year help to offset and support the costs of the food purchased through the food bank. A major fundraiser is the March Madness food drive, beginning in March. This fundraiser is set up to run along with the ACC tournament and the road to the national championship. This fundraiser is set up to collect monetary contributions donated to the school of your choice. This competition provides an exciting way to raise funds among our church family to see which team can “raise” the most money.
For additional information or if you feel you would like to participate in the Food Bank ministry please contact Helen Clark.
OrangeUMC distributes Bibles and devotional materials to all in need, upon request. More information is coming soon!
“…I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
Prison Ministry is as much a blessing, as it is challenging. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be in kinship with those living in the margins. If you have ever felt God move your heart to be in relationship with the incarcerated, OrangeUMC has (5) areas to get involved:
When a mom or dad in is prison, it is their children who do the ‘hard time’. We can let these kids know that they are not forgotten by their incarcerated parent through the Angel Tree Project. If you have questions or would like to become involved in this area of service, contact Terry Law.
Orange County Correctional “Christmas Family day”
Would you like to help Fathers at the Orange County Correctional Center (OCC) purchase gifts for their children? If so, then purchase any NEW gift of your choice and leave it UNWRAPPED in the box marked “Christmas Family day” near the Angel Tree. OCC Fathers can ‘buy’ these donated gifts for their kids, wrap them, and give them to their children during visitation. Please remember that many of the inmates have older children, so scarves, coats, gloves and teen clothing is very much appreciated along with toys for the younger children. If you have questions or would like to become involved in this area of service, contact Terry Law.
Disciples from OrangeUMC meet in the (Peace Center) at the OCC the last Friday evening of each month, from 7-9 pm. The group shares testimonies, Bible lessons, and fellowship together with those men at OCC who are fathers. “The Fabulous Fathers is also an opportunity to equip/prepare fathers for the annual One Day with God camp.”
One Day with GOD
The One Day with God Camp, hosted annually at OrangeUMC, in partnership with Forgiven Ministry provides the residents at OCC to once again experience the joys of being a father by allowing them a day of reconnection, healing and the opportunity to spend quality time with their children.
Weekly Bible Studies
OrangeUMC has several disciples who attend and facilitate (weekly) Bible Studies. There is currently a Monday Night Study that has been in place for more than 40 years. Volunteers from OrangeUMC are welcomed! Facilitators for Bible Studies are in constant demand.
If you have any questions about getting involved in Fabulous Fathers, Weekly Studies or One Day with God contact Bryan Black (OrangeUMC Volunteer/Coordinator.)
OrangeUMC has had a long history supporting the Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry. As one of the great Outreach opportunities, we have partnered with other church congregations in the area to provide financial support for expenses related to this awesome ministry. If you have questions about the Alamance Orange Prison Ministry, contact: Chaplain Jerry Love OCC Chaplin (919) 732-9301 or visit their website.
OrangeUMC Outreach sponsors several special fundraising events throughout the year, including: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast (7am-7pm), the annual Food Truck Rodeo in partnership with Table, an annual Fish Fry and several smaller events. More information can be found in the Events section on the home page as the date of specific event draws near.