This past year we included a new activity in which we prepared Blessing Bags to be distributed in our community. A variety of useful items needed by someone living on the street were bagged and distributed. They included such items as water bottles, band aides, granola bars, hand wipes, crackers, and inspirational bible verses. The bags were given out by anyone who wanted to share them.
Santa Clarita UMC supports many local service agencies. From collecting donations, serving in their facilities and hosting families in our facility we are a busy bunch. Please take a look below and sign up to serve alongside the rest of us as we become the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family Promise Networks are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. We, as a church family, host families in our facility one week every quarter. Servants from the congregation provide meals, donate food for breakfasts and lunches, host families before the over-night chaperones arrive and also spend the night with the families. It’s a great way to get involved with changing lives in our valley. Updated information is regularly included in the worship bulletins or you can contact Chuck Everhart to get more information on the next week we house the homeless. Call the church office for contact information for Chuck.
On the second Saturday of every month from 9-11 am, members gather to make blankets. The blankets are knitted, crocheted or made from fleece. Some of the blankets are given to local children when they first enter into foster care, others are made into baby blankets and sent to the children of soldiers at Camp Pendleton. Some blankets are given to the Veteran’s hospital and at Christmas, some blankets are given as presents to the clients of the county mental health dept. Everyone is invited to come and help. Donations of yarn, crochet thread and fleece are gladly accepted.
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home.
We hold a supply drive for Small World Preschool to provide them with needed school supplies in the beginning of the school year.
The Committee on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) supports the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita with fundraising and supplies. All women are encouraged to be a part of COSROW and join in the support of this very important agency. Call the church office to get further information.
Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
26640 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
In November, our church puts on an alternative gift fair in which participants purchase gift cards to be sent to service agencies both locally and worldwide. Information and cards are available from 12 different programs ranging from The Children's Hunger Fund to The Heifer Project. Donations were sent to the charities and cards were available to give to loved ones explaining that the gift was made in their name.
The homeless shelter is open December 1 through March 15 and Santa Clarita UMC provides the evening meal for 3 nights in one week each season. The week is determined sometime in the fall by the shelter staff. Announcements are made in the weekly bulletin a couple of months before our week and everybody has the chance to sign up to be on a team that cooks, delivers and serves an evening meal. Everybody is encouraged to join, whip up your favorite recipe and help someone get a filling meal. Chuck Everhart is the contact person that can be reached by calling the church office.
The mission of the Society of St. Andrew is to introduce people to God’s grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers.
A food and supply drive is conducted every year from late January through February to provide much needed supplies and materials for several social service agencies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Everything from paper products for the homeless shelter to art supplies for the children of the Domestic Violence Center is collected. Information on this drive is available in the month of January, please call the church office for any additional information.
Volunteers from our church family donate time at the Children's Hunger Fund Distribution Center packaging food to be sent out to children in need across America and throughout the world. The Fund has distributed 26.6 million meals through their Food Pack program.
Griefshare is a program designed to help those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Group sessions will include a video presentation, group discussion and workbook. Contact the church office for more information.
Santa Clarita UMC supports the local Food Pantry. A barrel is located in the lobby of the sanctuary and an updated needs list is included in each weekly bulletin. We also ask for donations of food to be kept in the office for people who come in seeking immediate assistance. You are welcome to bring food in anytime and leave it in the barrel or bring it to the office during the week. The office is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-1:30 and 2:30-4:30.