First Church reaches out and serves the community through its various missions. From infants to the elderly, the First Church family enjoys giving back. We value a Christian community dedicated to seek out and meet the needs of others through understanding and compassion inherent in Christ’s commandment “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Annually, every member of First United Methodist Church of Mesa gets the opportunity to serve our community through a variety of projects on Faith in Action Sunday. We have the privilege of demonstrating the love of Christ to the neighborhood around First United Methodist Church by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus in meeting real needs in local community.
The iHelp team provides a meal, shower, clean clothes a and place (Fellowship Hall) for up to 25 homeless women to sleep on Wednesday nights. In doing so, iHelp is participating in a Lutheran Social Services program in which different churches provide this service on different nights. At First Church the women arrive at 7 p.m. Wednesday night and leave by 7 a.m. the next morning, but not before they are given the fixings for sandwiches to take with them. Want to help? iHelp team leader Lois Haines says, “Hurry on down.”
Love Knots is a First Church small group that meets to craft a knotted blanket with each knot symbolizing a prayer for the recipient. The recipients include any baby or child baptized in our church, the homebound, those who are hospitalized, those who are ill, and others who may need our prayers. The 2014 meeting dates are the following Tuesdays: February 11, April 9, September 10, and November 12. We meet at 6:30 in the Family Life Center. Please join us!
Ugly Quilt Group
We make sleeping bags for the homeless. No fancy quilting. Join us on Thursdays during the cooler months between 8 a.m. and noon for fellowship and simple, easy sewing.
Wesley’s Wardrobe provides clothing for homeless women and men. Group leader Stephanie Winestock welcomes anyone who wants to help sort and prepare clothing for distribution to meet Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the Outreach Center in the southeast corner of the church campus/parking lot. Wesley’s Wardrobe is open to those in need of clothing on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 9-12 a.m. Professional suits are available for those who have job interviews.
Every day, people in need knock at our office door. Helping Hands provides goods and services such as bus tickets, drinking water, food packets and toiletries, to needy people and families right in our own community. This outreach is made possible by the generous communion offerings of our congregation and contributions from individual members and groups.