Faith is more than just a set of beliefs. “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” (James 2:17) Here at JUMC, we believe that a faith that pleases God is one that shows his love and compassion to the world.
Faith is more than just worshiping God, it’s about following Jesus as well–one naturally leads to the other. We do this by heading out into our communities and following the example that Jesus, the disciples, and the early church has set for us.
Here are a few ways that you can get involved:
School Mom Program: At different points in the year, we will collect various items for our schools. Sometimes it will be supplies for the teachers and other times we will collect clothing and hygiene items for the students. Learn how to help out when you follow the link.
Panther Pride Recognition Lunch: Every other month, we will host a free lunch to our High School students, focusing on a different set of students for each meal. In September, we will recognize our Fall Sports athletes. Future months will focus on band and chorus members, drama club, FFA, Spring sports, and more. You can get involved by helping to greet and serve the students, preparing food, cleaning/setting up, or donating to the expenses.
Feed The 5,000: Each week, we will collect different food or hygiene items for the local food pantries. You can purchase goods and bring them in or donate money to the program. Be sure to write “Feed The 5,000” on the memo line.
Summer Feeding Program: Join us as we partner with TWIGS and other local churches to provide, free lunches for the youth in our community (18 and under) over the course of the summer. We will be serving lunch at two different locations, the library and Horn Drive, and ministering to those kids (and parents/guardians) that attend. Background checks are required. The Jerseyville Police have offered to perform them free of charge. Grab your background check forms in the atrium.
Appalachian Service Project: Each summer, our Sr. High youth group serves a family in the Appalachian region by partnering with the Appalachian Service Project. You can support our youth by helping to fund the trip. You can support our trip through student sponsorships in either full or part (both greatly appreciated) as well as donating towards gas money. Or, put your cooking skills to the test and donate some snacks! Seriously, they eat, like…a lot. It’s crazy. Most importantly, you can pray for our trip, for safe travel and changed lives, not just the lives of those we are serving, but for the lives of those attending.
Churches On The Streets: Join our youth group as we partner with Churches on the Streets (COTS) and their Alton outreach. We visit two locations in Alton, feed the local children, play games with them, do crafts, pass out clothing/items, and most importantly, love and minister to them.
Trunk Or Treat: Halloween has always been a blast at JUMC. What started over 15 years ago as a fun, outdoor event with decorated trunks, has since moved inside (where it’s warm!) where we get to decorate booths, pass out candy, and serve food to the community. There many ways to help serve, we need people to dress up, set up, clean up and more. Learn how to get involved when you click the link above.
Operation Christmas Child: Each November, we make shoeboxes available to our congregation. You can fill these boxes with all kinds of different gifts, toys, snacks, and more, then OCC will ship them off to kids all over the world. Learn more when you visit the link above.