A MISSION FOR ALL
First United Methodist of Covington has missions planned for rest of year
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.”