First United Methodist of Cov­ing­ton has mis­sions planned for rest of year

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At First United Methodist Church, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant and spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor Clau­dia Minge said there is a mis­sion for ev­ery­one.

“Whether it’s a pas­sion for serv­ing chil­dren, serv­ing youth, serv­ing se­nior adults, the home­less… there is a min­istry for ev­ery­one here.”

The United Methodist Church does mis­sions lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

One of the church’s lo­cal mis­sions will take place Oc­to­ber 25, when First United Methodist will host “Change the World, Im­pact the Com­mu­nity” day.

Minge said the idea be­hind the event is to help the com­mu­nity grow and help those in need.

“All the money we raise that day can go to what­ever mis­sion we’re help­ing, ver­sus pay­ing stag­ing and bath­rooms and elec­tric­ity,” Minge said. “We in­vite churches from all over the county to come — all de­nom­i­na­tions.”

“The Gifts of Grace EXPO” will pro­vide ser­vices of New­ton County booths set up where lo­cal agencies pro­vide free ser­vices to com­mu­nity mem­bers in need.

“People in need in the com­mu­nity can come and re­ceive food, health items, cloth­ing, hair­cuts, show­ers, health screen­ings — and all these ser­vices are for free,” Minge said.

This in­cludes lo­cal civic or­ga­ni­za­tions and larger en­ti­ties like Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

In ad­di­tion to ser­vices, sea­sonal pro­duce will be dropped and bagged by vol­un­teers at the expo and handed to those in need for the St. An­drews So­ci­ety “Har­vest of Hope Pro­duce Drop.”

“So vol­un­teers will just bag that and we’ll give it away to people that day,” Minge said.

“We also pro­vide free mu­sic that day, and food and a fall fes­ti­val,” Minge con­tin­ued. “So it’s a free fam­ily fun day.”

This year, Minge said one of their re­gional mis­sions will be send­ing a group to North Carolina to do con­struc­tion work on homes. The church also sends groups to week-long mis­sions to Hon­duras to do con­struc­tion and hold ser­vice.

Cov­ing­ton First Methodist was first or­ga­nized in the 1820’s. Its cur­rent lo­ca­tion was fin­ished around 1856 in a Greek re­vival style of ar­chi­tec­ture. The cam­pus now spans mul­ti­ple build­ings in be­tween Mon­ti­cello and Church streets, and it has con­tin­u­ally grown since its be­gin­nings.

Sun­day ser­vice is held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sun­day school is avail­able dur­ing morn­ing ser­vice and a youth ser­vice is held at 5 p.m.

“Any­thing we can do to share god’s love to people — whether they get it ev­ery day at home or this may be the only place that they do get it,” Minge said. “That’s what our mis­sion is — to serve oth­ers.”

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