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Scripture teaches us that there must be a connection between what we believe and how we live out those beliefs in the world. We are called to make the love of Christ real to people by giving of ourselves and our resources. We do this by sending people into the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the homeless, welcoming the stranger and helping God’s children everywhere (Matthew 25:35-40).
We realize that not everyone is able to serve in the same way or has the same amount of time available to serve. South Shore seeks to offer a variety of opportunities to be in mission or service that accommodate a variety of capabilities and/or schedules. The key is to be doing something that is significant for you at this very time and place in your life. Take time to browse through some of our local as well as global opportunities to be in missions and service in the world.
Donations given towards South Shore UMC's First Sunday Food Pantry are delivered monthly to our ministry partners at Restore, a ministry of Riverview First United Methodist Church.
Restore provides and connects patrons to a number of vital services. By supporting Restore with donations from our church family, we strengthen our presence and partnership in the community as well as support Restore in the excellent ministry they provide.
South Shore UMC welcomes food donations on the First Sunday of each month in the shopping cart in the Welcome Center.
Suggested items include:
Canned Beans and Dry Beans
Peanut Butter or other Nut Butters
Rolled Oats and Whole Grain, Low-sugar Cold Cereals
Sliced Fruit in 100% juice (in cans or cups)
Canned Vegetables, with no or low-sodium
Unsweetened Apple Sauce Cups
Low-sodium Soups and Stews
Canned Tuna in water and/or Ready-to-Eat Canned Tuna with Crackers
Canned Chicken and/or Ready-to-Eat Canned Chicken with Crackers
Hormel Compleats Meals
Bumblebee 'Quick Catch' Rice or Pasta Bowls
Cooked Canned Ham
Individually packaged Trail Mixes
Shelf Stable Milk and Milk Substitutes
Whole Grain Pasta and Low-sodium Pasta Sauce
Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
Snackpack Pudding Cups
Clean Dry Plastic Grocery Bags
*Donations received in paper bags ease transportation and delivery.*
South Shore addresses food insecurity for children in four of our neighborhood schools by providing a backpack full of healthy snacks and easily prepared food for the weekend for those in need.
We invite South Shore members and friends to donate items towards this effort each September and January. Donations may be placed in the shopping cart in the Welcome Center throughout these months. The suggested list below provides a guideline for requested items. We encourage supporters to purchase 'smaller ounce' cans or jars due to be mindful of the weight for small children to carry. Please no glass containers and no perishable items.
If you are interested in helping host a food drive at your workplace, volunteering, or donating money towards the purchase of food and supplies, please contact Connie Bishop.
Find out more about a significant grant to Backpacks on a Mission by clicking here.
Manna Bags are a way to minister to folks in need of non-perishable foods as well as the Word and the love of God.
You can create your own Manna Bags by following the recipe of love below.
Manna Bags – A Recipe of Love
Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags
Small bottled water
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash (no alcohol content)
Small bar soaps
Beef Jerky sticks
Hard candies that won’t melt
Any other food that does not require preparation
Scripture; personalized if you wish
Mix together with the love, hope, peace and joy of Jesus.
Keep in your car and give out to those in need!