Our church is committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for our community and beyond. We have opportunities to serve throughout the year for all ages, gifts and abilities. As we serve, our goal is to build relationships with those we encounter, modeling Jesus' love and grace in every way.
In cooperation with other local churches, we provide temporary shelter for a small number of families experiencing homelessness for weeks each year. Our church has already hosted or 2020 but there are opportunities in Belmont this fall to help serve at other area churches.
CARE TEAMS RETURN- Fall 2019
Click here to learn more about Care Teams
Click here to apply for a Care Teams
We have partnered with our local Family Promise Ministry to offer a formal partnership, seeking to create deep and meaningful relationships in which we experience life together with families who are experiencing homelessness or have recently secured housing but still need the support of friends. For more information about Care Teams, click here,
including a link to apply for a Care Team online. Hard copies of applications are available in the narthex.
DISASTER RELIEF- Annually in the Fall (6:30 in Carpenter Hall)
In response to frequent hurricanes, we host an annual cleaning bucket and hygiene kit packing event each fall. Choose items to contribute in the narthex following both worship services or signup online prior to each packing event. Note: All contributions must
be returned to the drop-off buckets in the Carpenter Hall lobby by deadline for inventory purposes.
POTATO DROP- Annually in the fall
First UMC Belmont participates in a “Potato Drop” with other churches from our Missional Network in the parking lot of Park Street UMC each fall.
The Society of St. Andrew, a national organization that focuses on feeding the hungry, will drop off 40,000 pounds of gleaned potatoes – normal vegetables perfect to eat but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing enough for a grocery store – that will be separated and bagged by volunteers. Volunteers will help prepare 10-pound bags of potatoes to be donated to local charities like the Salvation Army, BCO, and SOCKS. Two hour-long blocks are available to help stuff 10-pound bags of potatoes. We will also need volunteers with trucks willing to deliver potatoes to local charities. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with other area churches and organizations and to show care and compassion by feeding the hungry.
Our church is serving as a Hope Companion for three communities of vulnerable children and orphans in Rwanda. Each community is a three year commitment in which the children will journey to overcome extreme poverty and learn how to improve their lives and the lives of their community. You can learn more about our Zoe partnership by clicking here
FEEDING THE CHILDREN
We provide hot lunches for public school children whose parents request them and deliver the meals to their homes during each Christmas and Easter break. Teams prepare the meals and deliver them each morning.
Spring 2020 Session- weekdays April 10-April 17. Click here to volunteer.
WEEKEND BACKPACK FOOD PROGRAM
Working with the Gaston County Weekend Backpack Food Program, we pack and deliver a backpack full of shelf-stable food each weekend for 30 children at Catawba Heights Elementary School. Teams help pick-up, sort, pack and deliver the bags each week.
BELMONT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (BCO)
Many of our members are active in serving at the BCO, a local crisis assistance ministry in Belmont. Our church offers regular financial support each year. This fall, we look forward to "Pounding the BCO" in the month of November as our congregation is challenged to see how many pounds of canned goods we can collect while the Panthers "keep pounding" for their home games on November 3rd and 17th. Join us for worship in your Panthers jerseys, bring canned goods for those in need and head to the games!
SHOWING OUR CARING AND KINDNESS IN SPRINGWOOD (S.O.C.K.S)
Many of our members are involved in serving at SOCKS, a local crisis assistance ministry in the community of Springwood. Our church supports SOCKS each year through financial gifts as well as donations from food drives and other collections.
Our youth regularly serve through summer mission teams and other opportunities. Check out the youth page to learn more.