Epworth Missions & Ministries Outreach Programs

CARE TEAMS - VISITATION OF THE HOME BOUND

Four trained team members visit our nursing-home residents, homebound and hospitalized members.

Thursdays and Fridays
twice a month

FREE SATURDAY LUNCHES

Vegetarian lunches are provided at no charge by the Des Moines SAI Fellowship every Saturday.

Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to Noon

FREE COMMUINITY DINNERS

Every Tuesday evening a nourishing meal is served to all who come.  There are about 80 people who drop in each Tuesday for the  delicious meal prepared by ladies of the church as well as good company and conversation.

The meals are served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening.







THE GOOD SAMARITAN FUND

(collected the first Sunday of each month when congregants come forward for communion) is dispersed by the pastor to needy neighbors for food, gasoline and medications. Due to Epworth’s inner city location, many people solicit us for money and assistance. Limited funds do not stretch far enough to meet those needs.

ANNUAL FREE HEALTH CLINIC DAY

Early in the fall, Epworth in cooperation with the Des Moines SAI Fellowship (a Hindu/Christian organization of physicians from India) organizes, publicizes and hosts a free health screening day with the presence of 10 physicians, Polk County Public Health Nurses and the Visiting Nurses Association. Many neighborhood and greater Des Moines residents come to take advantage of a free health screening, a free lunch, free reading glasses and no-cost consultation with physicians in several specialties.

EPWORTH QUILTING GROUP

This ministry team meets on Tuesday mornings to cut, sew and tie quilts that are donated to the women and children living at the New Directions Shelter. This group donated 96 (single-bed and crib-size) quilts by Dec. 31, 2013

Tuesday mornings
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT

Two trained ministry teams have provided support to one woman and two men coming out of prison this past year.

TWO ANNUAL
FREE-WILL-DONATION
BASEMENT SALES

These sales are scheduled annually in the spring and the fall. They are an effective and highly valued neighborhood community service.

CUB SCOUTS
Sponsored by Epworth

Epworth provides assistance to the Cub Scout Pack #68 that enables scouts to attend summer camp, purchase uniforms and scout manuals, and encourages spiritual development of the scouts.

Thursday evenings
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: All of these ministries (except Good Samaritan) are led by volunteer, lay members of the church. They are funded through Epworth’s United Methodist Women, the Missions Evangelism Committee and individual gifts.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact the church office.