Under the current quarantine status, our outreach ministry looks a little different. Contact Mary Liz Ingram to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Trinity’s Outreach Ministries and Local Ministry Partners. We cannot have large numbers of volunteers working together, but there are several places you and your family can serve! We need weekly volunteers to pick up orders from the Food Bank, create and distribute food boxes for Food Share on Tuesdays, organize donations in our Children’s Clothing Closet, and assemble and deliver food bags for our Backpack Ministry (when school is in session).
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While we can’t break bread together due to COVID, we can still share a meal with our Trinity family and neighbors. During the month of October, we will be collecting food to share with our Trinity family who could use some encouragement, as well as our neighbors in the Birmingham area who are living with food insecurity.
We will have three ways to serve in this Stewardship Outreach Project, so we can all serve together even while we are apart:
· Bake and share a homemade casserole with someone you know who could use some extra encouragement. Love to cook, but do not know of someone to bring a dish to? Bring your dish of choice to the freezer located in the Oxmoor campus Welcome Center during the work week.
· Want to provide meals for people in our community, but do not want to cook? When you are ordering your Wednesday Night Supper from Trinity’s Kitchen, opt to pay an additional amount so our kitchen staff can prepare casseroles for Firehouse and First Light Shelters.
· Drop off canned goods and other shelf stable items for the Firehouse Shelter, First Light, Trinity’s Food Share program or Backpack Ministry at the Oxmoor campus Welcome Center.
There are multiple ways you can help our community RIGHT NOW.
BLESSING BOX: Trinity UMC Oxmoor has opened up a Blessing Box (also known as a Little Free Pantry). The Blessing Box is located on Seminole Drive near the upper sidewalk and entry to the church building. We hope that this Blessing Box is a place where people can “take what they need, and give what they can.” Non-perishable food items and toiletry donations (no razors) are welcomed. More specific information can be found when you follow the sign-up link below.
Volunteers are needed to donate items, place them inside the box and make sure the inside of the Box is orderly when donating them. Please follow CDC and State Guidelines for the Safety of yourself and others during the Pandemic. Thank you for you helping! Click here to sign up.
Food Share at Trinity West Homewood:
COVID-19 Adaptation: We are currently doing a drive-thru Food Share every Tuesday from 1:30-4:00 PM at Trinity West Homewood. This will continue as long as the Community Food Bank remains open and these kinds of activities are permitted.
Our food pantry ministry meets most Tuesdays from 1:30-4:30. Each week we provide free food to those struggling with food insecurity, monthly we provide diapers to families with young children. We are currently serving over 300 households and have been able to feed around 2400 adults and children since the summer! This is made possible by our partnerships with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and the Diaper Bank. You can help by unloading our food deliveries and assembling food boxes from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM and/or distributing food in our drive through from 1:30-4:00. Volunteers of all ages can plug into this ongoing relational ministry. We hope you join us! To volunteer, click here.
Weekender Backpack Ministry:
We need volunteers each week to pack and deliver food. Sign up here!
In the Fall of 2015, Trinity launched this ministry in response to chronic childhood hunger in our community. As of Spring 2020 we have delivered over 48,000 weekend meal packs to food insecure students at the five Homewood City Schools and Hemphill Elementary. If you want to learn more about assembling food packs, email Mary Liz Ingram.
Children’s Clothing Closet: Trinity’s clothing and supply closet, located at our West Homewood Campus, is available to families in need. Like new donated items and volunteer shopkeepers are always needed. Join our volunteer shopkeeper team each month to sort donations and help families gather items.
Donate: Drop off donations at the Oxmoor Road Campus or West Homewood Campus. We only accept in-season clothing in sizes suitable for newborn-teens.
100% of Trinity’s special offerings, collected during Lent and Advent, go to support the following Outreach Partners.
If your organization would like to be considered for funding from Trinity, please contact Kristan Walker.
The Foreign Missions Fund is sponsoring a scholarship for Efraim Mpango (a Tanzanian student at Wesley College). “After years of development work here in Tanzania, I know that ministries can pour money into people, but education is about helping people do things for themselves. It’s about innovation and not just survival. Wesley College is about developing the country and moving away from an aid mentality.” – Eric Soard
Trinity UMC is sending two youth teams to Panama in the summer of 2019 to build a home for a family in need and lead “VBS” at the community center. Our Panama Dental Initiative is working to purchase an autoclave for the dental clinic.
Wil and Yolanda believe that when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, he taught us, in dramatic fashion, that if we claim to be His followers, we must be servants to one another. They understand the communion that takes place across borders, cultures and languages as a glimpse of God’s Kingdom and as a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit among us.
To support Trinity’s international mission efforts, you may give to Trinity’s Foreign Mission Fund.