God calls us to live out our faith and serve our community. Whether it’s tutoring, feeding the hungry or reaching out to the lonely, there is a place for you to serve.
We’d love to help you connect with a ministry that you care about. To find out how to get involved, email Rev. Kim Dickerson-Oard.
Jefferson School Partnership
East Heights has a ministry partnership with the staff, families and children of nearby Jefferson Elementary School. Many of the students who attend Jefferson live in poverty and face huge obstacles. In an effort to make a difference, we provide backpacks and school supplies, serve as lunch buddies, read to the kids, support the teachers, and more! We also are part of a program that makes sure that the kids have food on the weekends. We get weekend food backpacks ready and then distribute them to the kids. Come join this partnership – there’s a place for you! Email Rev. Kim Dickerson-Oard for more information. To volunteer for Jefferson, please download and complete these forms, then return them to Pastor Kim Dickerson-Oard:
Sack Lunches for the Homeless
We get together on the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. to make 100 sack lunches for the homeless served by United Methodist Open Door. It takes about an hour to help and helpers of all ages are welcome to assist.
Family Promise of Greater Wichita was only a vision 18 months ago. Finding permanent housing for the overwhelming numbers of homeless children in Wichita seemed like an impossible task. But a few people began the hard work of building a coalition of local churches to help a few families at a time find safe, secure housing for their kids. Oct. 24 marked the date for the vision becoming a reality.
East Heights is one of more than a dozen congregations that have committed to hosting up to four families with children to stay overnight for one week each quarter in 2017. The families will be housed in the Youth Center.
Volunteers are needed to prepare a meal, read a story, help write a resume, offer compassion and support. Even an hour of volunteering can change lives.
Find out how you can get involved at www.8th-day.net/family-promise-host-site.html.
Ongoing Food Drive
We collect food on a monthly basis to be distributed by United Methodist Open Door in Wichita. Next time, you’re at the store, pick up a jar of peanut butter, a box of macaroni and cheese or any kind of non-perishable food item and drop it off in the bin near Hedrick Hall and it will be distributed to Open Door’s Community Food Ministry.
Men on a Mission
We frequently schedule work days to paint homes for those in need or help with minor home repair and construction projects. We’ve recently been working on the church playground, creating a “treehouse” for the kids to play in. Email Tim Stead for upcoming work days.
Fun With Friends Respite Care
We host a respite care at the church four times a year, on a Sunday afternoon, for special needs kids, their siblings and friends. Parents and caregivers drop off the children and they are cared for by team of adults and take some much-needed time off for themselves. We play games, make crafts and have fun! If you’d like your children to participate or want to be part of the team, email Kathy Lefler. Safe Gatherings Training and back ground checks are required for volunteers. Next one is in September.
East Heights hosts Thrive, a community-driven solution to addressing the underlying causes of poverty and moving to economic stability.
This is a long-term ministry for people who want to move out of poverty. Current ways to serve include meal preparation and childcare on Tuesday evenings. If you’d like to help or want to learn more about the program, contact Bob Mayle at 733-0371. You can donate to Thrive through the GIVE button on the homepage.
We’ll join with other churches to share God’s love all over the city. We’ll have projects for all ages and skill levels! For example, we might do light landscaping and office work at Jefferson School, clean and paint at the College Hill Pool or work on our natural “Playscape” playground at the church. This is a family-friendly mission, and we have projects that welcome children! More details in the spring.
Dillons' Reward Cards
You can support United Methodist Women missions when you shop at Dillons
Just affiliate with East Heights UMC Women with your Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card or 1-2-3 Rewards Card. Anytime you shop at Dillons and scan your card, you’ll support UMW missions. To sign up, visit www.dillons.com/communityrewards and scroll down to sign in to your account or create one. Click on “Enroll Now” and enter 10115, which is our number. Select East Heights UMC Women and click “Enroll.” If you need assistance or do not have an email account, you can call Dillons at 866-221-4141, and they will help you. Share our number 10115 with your family and friends! The more people enrolled, the more we are able to help missions. You need to re-enroll every year in January.
Other Ministry Opportunities in Our Community
United Methodist Open Door
Provides services to the homeless and poor in Wichita and an eight county area. Services include food, clothing, day shelter for the homeless, transitional housing and other programs. Volunteer opportunities abound for individuals, families and students needing community service hours. Service can be on a one-time basis, monthly, weekly, daily or whatever schedule best fits your life. For more information or to volunteer, contact United Methodist Open Door at 267-4201 or visit their website at www.umopendoor.org.
GraceMed Health Clinic
GraceMed is a ministry of the United Methodist Church serving people in the Wichita area that have no other access to health care. It provides both medical and dental care to more than 32,000 people annually. In addition to financial contributions, donations of surplus equipment and supplies are also welcomed. there are also various work projects through the year for those wanting to donate time. Call 866-2069 for more information or visit their website at www.gracemed.org.