Gideon Grove UMC strives to positively impact our local community and beyond. Volunteer help is always needed. Please check Upcoming Events for more specific information.
NOW: Nurture, Outreach & Witness
During the pandemic, carrying out mission work and ministry has been difficult, but we have begun a new committee to figure out how we can be the hands, feet, and face of Jesus in this time. So far, we have started Sunshine Deliveries, a monthly event where we buy goodies, assemble them, and deliver care packages to members we haven’t seen in a while and/or those in need, and also Hotdog Drive-Thru, a monthly program where people can drive-thru for individually packaged hotdogs (+ individually packaged fixings and chips) and a brief prayer time.
Good Samaritan Ministries of Stokesdale, Inc.
Good Samaritan Ministries of Stokesdale, Inc. is a cooperative outreach ministry supported by eleven local congregations and three Community Church partners. Their mission: serve those in need in the Stokesdale community and gather that community to worship and celebrate God’s presence through Jesus Christ. Good Samaritan Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization. Members of the local churches volunteer in an array of programs that reach out to the people in our communities who need assistance. Click this link to visit the GSM website. Cick this link to see upcoming events through GSM. Like GSM on Facebook.
GSM Food Pantry
Canned goods and non-perishable items are collected every month by the participating churches; each church selects a particular food item(s) to collect for the food pantry. Gideon Grove’s item of the month is listed at the top of Upcoming Events. Food boxes are packed and given out once a month–usually the fourth Saturday of the month. For more information on donating or getting a box, visit this link for contact info for participating churches.
GSM Clothes Closet
Good Samaritan Ministries maintains the Clothes Closet to assist those in need of clothing. The ladies of Gideon Grove UMC meet once a month–usually the third Saturday of the month at 10 a–at the Clothes Closet to sort and organize donated clothing and household items. The Clothes Closet is open when food boxes are picked up at the Food Pantry.
The ladies fellowship as they work to serve others, and they refer to the ministry as “a labor of love.” They have practically made the place a boutique!
GSM Fifth Sunday Singing
Local musicians meet at one of the churches each fifth Sunday of the year at 6 pm for worship, fellowship, and fun. Music lasts about one hour and refreshments are provided afterwards. Offering is taken and donated to GSM for those who need help with approved expenses (utilities, medical, etc.). Anyone can participate in the Fifth Sunday Singing–contact Rynn McGee-Pierce at 336-706-9116 for more information.
United Methodist Men
Men from Gideon Grove UMC and Palestine UMC collaborate to help people in need with physically laborious projects including chopping firewood, roof repair, and more. They also contribute to some causes financially.
United Methodist Women
Any woman may participate in this group; they are involved in prayer, giving, attending meetings, service, action, and study. They transform money into mission. The Annual Stew & the Annual Bazaar (with quilt raffle) are fundraisers for UMW. UMW is involved in several mission projects: purchasing and donating food boxes for Good Samaritan Ministries, helping with Bingo at Countryside (first Monday of the month), emergency food and gifts for Meals on Wheels recipients, sending “get better,” “thinking of you,” etc. cards, supporting Good Samaritan Ministries Angel Tree at Christmas, Prayer Shawl Ministry, gifts to “Undesignated Giving” through District United Methodist Women, & donating money to GSM, Meals on Wheels, UMAR, Camp Carefree, and more.
UMW Wonderful Wednesday community meals
One Wednesday a month (usually the first), the United Methodist Women of Gideon Grove UMC host a community meal from 5-7 pm. Meals are free but donations are accepted for future community meals.
Rockingham West Missional Network
Missional Networks are groups of United Methodist churches in the same district who coordinate with each other for missions and outreach.
RWMN Backpack Program
Affiliated with Feeding America, this program targets childhood hunger in rural areas. We purchase pre-packaged meals from Second Harvest Food Bank, and volunteers meet at The Hands of God in Madison where the meals are stored to put them in backpacks and distribute the backpacks at participating schools (schools with over half the students on free or reduced lunch). One backpack would ideally feed a child for the whole weekend. Visit the official website to learn more.
RWMN Praisin’ in the Park
Every summer, we help host a free day of fellowship outdoors with games, food, and music in the Madison/Mayodan area.
Rise Against Hunger
At least once a year, a United Methodist Church in our area hosts an event where volunteers pack meals for a couple hours that are sent around the world. More info is available at Rise Against Hunger’s website.