The Missions Ministry provides financial and resource support to humanitarian organizations locally, nationally and internationally.  Additionally, they create awareness of missions activities through in-service Missions Moments, written literature, and an annual Missions Fair, which highlights community groups and exposes our members to giving and serving opportunities.

The Missions Team has participated in Service RI Week, RI Food Bank, CROP Walk for Hunger, Christ’s Community Kitchen,  and the Christmas Giving Tree Program, supporting Tanner Hill, Project Outreach, Children’s Friend and Services, St. Mary’s Home, Crossroads and The Key Program.  We also support the missions work of other church ministries, including Education Team efforts, the blood drives, the Ecumenical Food Pantry, and the Volunteers in Mission trip to South Carolina each year.

Contact information:

Leslie Pires – lap96@cox.net
(401) 885-4019

Project Outreach
We are supporting Project Outreach’s new Open Closet Economy Shop, so as you clean, please bring in: Clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages and seasons, glassware and dishes, pots and  pans, utensils and flatware, home decor, sheets, blankets and curtains, games and toys, books and magazines, CD’s and DVD’s.

East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard
The Interfaith Food Cupboard, located in St Luke’s Parish house on Peirce Street, is open from 10:30 AM -12:00 noon each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The service is available to any East Greenwich resident, member of an East Greenwich congregation, referral from a clergy or someone in need of emergency food. We are currently asking for donations of the following food products: canned ham, chicken or fish, cereal, oatmeal, canned fruit, soups, pasta sauce, juice and juice boxes, jam/jelly and crackers. Other products that we always need include staples like cooking oil, mayonnaise, salad dressing, mustard, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, etc. If you would like to make a cash donation rather than food, your check can be sent to your clergy or directly to the EGIFC. We have a very dedicated volunteer staff and on their behalf, we thank you for your support of the East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard.  Chris and Steve Bartlett

Christ Community Kitchen:   Christ Community Kitchen, held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, has been providing monthly meals in our community since January 2009.  These meals are offered on a “free will offering” basis and provide a delicious, wholesome meal for many in the community.  In the past, we have served between 65-80 people.  However, our attendance has risen to over 100.  Members of East Greenwich United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church rotate monthly with cooking and serving.  We operate on a volunteer basis with adults and local scout troops and youth groups assisting at every meal.

Requirements:  You can volunteer to provide food consisting of desserts or salad , or simply come and  help serve or eat with the clients.  Anyone can help whatever your age.  No skills are necessary; just a desire to serve and have fellowship with others in our community.  Please contact us if you would like more information about how you can help.

The Helping Hands Ministry would like EGUMC to be aware that our ministry was begun in a spirit of Ecumenism and that one needn’t be a member of EGUMC or of ANY Church in order to receive our services; we serve the local community at-large. There are limitations to the nature and scope of projects we are able to reasonably undertake, but we can also suggest alternative strategies and/or vendors as needed. Please feel free to call for more information or on-site consultation: Wheeler Van Brocklin (401) 640-9142 or Paul Buterbaugh (401) 374-2774.

Toiletries Collection for Mathewson Street UMC:  The Missions Ministry is holding an ongoing collection of new unused basic personal hygiene items which will be given to the urban poor who are served by the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church in Providence. They are in need of soap, shampoo, deodorant, combs, hairbrushes, and especially toothbrushes and toothpaste. A great way to contribute is to save the items provided by hotels. Donated items can be left in the box in the church work room or can be given to any member of the Missions Ministry. Thanks!