The mission of the Outreach ministry at Aldersgate is to express the love of Christ to our neighbors by providing physical and spiritual help to those in need. Toward this goal, we are involved in a number of local, national and international ministries. In the local community, we participate and support St. Paul’s feeding ministry, my father’s house, various food pantries, holiday gifts to those in need, the Paul Center, Lincoln School and Habitat for Humanity. At the national and international level, we support several ministries including Methodist camps, UMCOR relief, World AIDS, and our Nicaragua covenant.
Outreach is supported by the church pledges but does raise monies to go above and beyond to help in many mission areas. We raise monies for extra mission projects by running two rummage sales during the year and also we have started a program called change for change. This program works by collecting all change put in the offering plate and designating this to mission areas in need. We have supported The Paul Center in Chelmsford, Methodist Camps and scholarships, prison ministries by a memorial donation made in Jim Wetherall’s name, pastor’s discretionary fund for parishioner’s in need, Children Without Shoes International, Global Aids Fund, Lowell Wish Project, St. Paul’s Feeding Ministry, The Open Pantry in Lowell. This change for change program only running for two years now has been able to give away over $3,000 in change collected. What a difference a little clinking in the offering plate can make……Change being collected now will go to Haiti and Chile in response to their needs.