Mission and Outreach

Jesus set the example for those who follow him as to how they are to live in the world. As we examine the life of Jesus, it becomes clear Jesus calls us to lives of service and self-giving love. Having witnessed the love of Christ, the author of 1 John says, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God … God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:7-9). When we allow God’s Spirit to flow through us to be conduits of God’s love, not only is it a form of worship, but through our service God blesses others. Below you will find ways we seek to serve Christ by serving the broken, weary, neglected, oppressed, and hopeless in our community.

 

Asbury UMC Food Pantry

Asbury is dedicated to the mission of eradicating childhood hunger. Arkansas ranks among the top 5 states in America in which children suffer from food insecurity. Asbury is participating in the Methodist Conference’s 200,000 Reasons to Fight Childhood Hunger Campaign by establishing the Asbury Food Pantry. You can help by donating non-perishible food monthly in designated receptacles in the Narthex and Wilson Activity Center.

The pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 11 am- 1 pm.

 

 

Other Opportunities to Serve

Good Samaritan Closet

This is an outreach project for victims of natural disaster such as tornadoes,  floods, fires etc. Volunteers sort and store donated items and as needed transport items to designated collection points. You can also donate items such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc to help keep the closet stocked.  Click HERE to access our supply list and take it with you when you go shopping.

Stone Soup

Every 4th Sunday of even numbered months, Asbury sends 10-15 volunteers to Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church to help prepare and serve a hot meal to the homeless of Little Rock. It is an opportunity to help meet the physicalbasin towel as well as social needs of our community at a very basic level.

Prison Ministry

The prison ministry is an outreach project to residents of the Central Arkansas Community Correction Center, a facility for non-violent, first time offenders.  The first and fourth Sundays of each month volunteers from  Asbury UMC and Pulaski Heights UMC provide the residents with a Bible     lesson.  Clothing is purchased for residents upon their release and Christmas presents are provided for the children of the residents.   Asbury’s prison band plays for the residents on the 4th Sunday of the month. This ministry provides volunteers with an opportunity to encourage and help residents learn about Jesus Christ, often for the first time, and to help change lives.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. It is a group that participates in local and global ministries such as Stew Pot, Flood Buckets, Camp Aldersgate, Rice Depot, etc. Recent projects have included collecting school supplies for delivery at the Sager Brown Center in Louisiana, as well as food collection for the 200,000 Reasons project, which is the United Methodists’ initiative to fight childhood hunger in Arkansas.  There are three UMW circles that meet at Asbury at various times for missions as well as fun and fellowship.

  •  The Mary circle meets in the church parlor, on the second Monday of each month at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Val Carr. 
  • The Rebekah circle meets off-site, on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, contact Cammie Mackey.
  • The Summer circle meets  in the Warehouse, on various Sundays through the summer. For more information, contact Mary Noble. 

 

Opportunities Throughout the Year to Serve

Throughout the year, we participate in a number of projects. Depending on the time of the year, you will hear about a variety of service projects happening within the church. Here is a sampling of a few:

  • “Asbury Mission Day”- Though all United Methodist churches are committed to service and missions on an ongoing basis, once a year Asbury UMC seeks to have its members serving in various capacities throughout our community in hopes of making a large difference collectively
  • Family to Family Holiday Meal Boxes—provide a holiday meal for families in Little Rock who may not be able to afford a traditional holiday meal.
  • Food Pantry Collection- Food is collected and then delivered to Quapaw Quarter UMC,  who in turn feeds the homeless and hungry of Little Rock.
  • Veteran’s Collection- During the month of September, supplies are collected and then given to Veterans in need on  Veteran’s Day, to honor them for their service.

Be on the look out for other service opportunities which arise as we continue to discern the Spirit’s movement in our community.