Mission and Service @ CUMC
Jesus tells us to love our neighbors!
We take this command to heart and seek to spread God's love through the service that we do and the relationships that we make with those whom we serve. We love doing mission work at CUMC. If you like to see your faith in action, then this is the place for you!
How do we serve?
Beyond our weekly giving to the church to support its financial needs, we also engage in several mission projects in the Cranford community and beyond! Here are some of our efforts:
Money is collected year-round to purchase fleece for blankets, which are crafted by hand by church members of all ages. They are then distributed to a variety of organizations for distribution to those in need. The door is always open for additional people to help make the blankets – it’s fun & easy!
On a regular basis, congregants make and deliver lunches to the homeless and those in need through the Bridges program headquartered in Summit, NJ.
Cranford Family Care
The first Sunday of each month, donations are collected for Cranford Family Care (CFC) food pantry, which distributes to local families in need. Gift cards and cold weather items (hats, scarves, gloves) are also collected as part of the Alternative Giving Campaign during Advent.
CROP Hunger Walk
Help raise awareness and funds to fight the causes of hunger. Join the ecumenical CROP Walk in October!
Volunteers write cards and letters to the home bound in our congregation.
Red Bird Mission
We support the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY through the collection of box tops year round and during the summer, church members spend a week at the mission's work camp.
Youth and adults travel to rural upstate NY for one week in the summer to perform service for people in need. Teams help build, repair, paint and carry out tasks to provide adequate and safe housing. New volunteers are always welcome!
Samaritan Sandwich Ministry
Join our growing group of sandwich makers for St Joseph's shelter in Elizabeth, the third Sunday of the "odd" months (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.) Bring sandwiches to worship and put in the church refrigerator (marked Sandwich Ministry) for distribution. This is a great project for family and friends!
UMCOR Relief Kits
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has an ongoing need for Supply Kits used in times of crises around the world. Contact the church to see which kits are needed - bedding, health, layette, school, sewing, or flood buckets - and the specific items to include.