Our Global Outreach (GO) Team plans and facilitates opportunities for the congregation to reach out locally, nationally, and internationally to serve those in need and to share the love of Christ in word and deed. A local team, national team and international team meet at various times of the month to seek God’s direction and strategize for the most effective ministry possible.
Global Impact Celebration
Every year we have a Global Impact Celebration at Pierce Chapel, with local, national and international missionaries as a key part of that event. There are lots of opportunities to help behind the scenes with planning all aspects of this event, and we’d love for you to join one of our GIC planning teams. To sign up or received more info, contact our GIC Coordinator Resa Lord at .
Partners in Education (PIE)
Our partnership with Fox Elementary offers us a variety of opportunities to support the children and teachers at Fox in loving, practical ways. Our ministry there has included accompanying children to the Sara Spano clothing bank, assisting children with dental screenings, helping with the book fair, donating supplies for the health clinic, helping with special events, and our primary role of assisting with reading in the first and third grades. Our first grade volunteers assist with reading groups in the classrooms, and our third grade volunteers read individually with third graders in the library for 30 minutes each week. We are continually seeking to be a blessing to the children and teachers at Fox in hands-on, practical ways. Click here to see a “thank you” video from our PIE kids!
Henderson Settlement is a UM mission agency in Frakes, KY, serving the poor in an economically depressed area of Appalachia. Their ministries include home repair and construction, clothing ministry, gardening/farming ministry and outreach to children, youth and senior adults.
Early Response Team (ERT)
Want to help when disaster strikes? Become an ERT member so that you are trained and eligible to go into disaster zones (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc) as soon as they’re cleared by the first responders. To learn more, contact Rick Dorer at .
In recent years, we’ve sent mission teams to Costa Rica, Kentucky, Alaska, Honduras and we anticipate serving through short-term missions on a regular basis.
The mission of Open Door Community House is to work in partnership with other area service providers to meet the basic needs and to empower low-income individuals to realize their full potential as children of God.
Highland Community Church
Highland serves the North Highland neighborhood near downtown Columbus by attempting to improve the area and minister to its people both physically and spiritually. Highland ministries include feeding 1,500-2,000 plates of food on Saturdays; providing Sunday breakfast and lunch for worshipers and shut-ins; community clean-up programs and many more. Pierce Chapel provides lunch on 5th Sundays, and we invite you to join us in that effort and in other ways of partnering with Highland. We also help with their Vacation Bible School in the summer.
We have weekly meals with children, host them for dinner on Wednesday evenings, sponsor children to participate in events with our youth, provide staff appreciation annually, host an annual birthday for Jesus party, we have beginning and end of school year events, and have welcome gifts for children.
The Rose Hill Fellowship
Rose Hill UMC in the heart of Columbus is one of the oldest churches in our area. This congregation diligently serves some of “the least of these” in our city. Pierce Chapel partners with Rose Hill financially and in hands-on service. We provide meals on Tuesday nights at least 6 times per year. Contact Rick & Teresa Wimberly at .
Medical Mission to Honduras
Each year a team heads to Honduras to treat the physical and spiritual needs of those in the area.
Trinity House provides short-term housing for women and their children. Some women are transitioning from jail or other homeless shelters. We provide a meal and have fun getting to know the women. Our visits and prayer time with them are encouraging and uplifting for both the women and our volunteers.
More volunteers are needed to lead a devotional, teach a Bible study, or teach a Sunday School lesson in the jail. You are invited to go and simply observe the first time to see the lay of the land!