Missions


NEW PILLOWCASE MINISTRY

START UP YOUR SEWING MACHINES AND JOIN THE FUN AS WE MAKE PILLOWCASES TO SHARE WITH THE PEDICATRIC PATIENTS AND ER PATIENTS AT NEWTON MEDICAL CENTER.

LOOK FOR THE UPCOMING MEETING DATES!!!!

Here are some pictures of the pillowcases created –

Incorporated in 1997, Family Promise of Sussex County has provided services to assist families and single men and women as they work towards housing stability and self-sufficiency.

Although the main purpose of our participation in Family Promise is to assist local families in need of temporary housing while they struggle through difficult times, we find many opportunities to be blessed ourselves as a congregation.

The simple fact that Branchville United Methodist Church cannot provide for all the needs of these families on our own we find ourselves being united with other local churches, support churches, to accomplish our mission of helping those in need. Yes, we have the facilities as a host church to allow the families a place to have dinner and to give them a safe place to sleep at night, but it is the partnership with our support churches that help make the meals and supervise the overnights that completes the package.

The unity between the host churches and support churches involved in this ministry is the key to the success of Family Promise. This unity, fueled by passion for sharing the love of Christ, is what makes this ministry work. It is not about just putting a meal in front of a family or providing a roof over their heads, but fulfilling God’s call in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and take in the stranger.

For further information on how you can support this ministry please contact the church office at (973) 948-3749.

Visit Family Promise at http://familypromisesussex.com/

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH PROGRAM

In June every year, the youth and adults from sending churches in the Skylands District gather for a one week mission trip to help repair area houses.

RED BIRD MISSION TRIP

Every July youth and adults from all over the Greater New Jersey Conference travel to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky to spend a week repairing and ministering to those in need.

Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.

Many churches make an annual commitment to this highly rewarding program, and recognize it as a way to care for some of the most overlooked members of our communities.

Branchville United Methodist Church has been involved with Angel Tree since 2014. We support this ministry by receiving the names of 25 children of inmates each year with who we share Christmas gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent. It starts with a gift, but the gospel message is also shared as a part of the personal visit to deliver the gifts. Each child receives age appropriate literature that shares the good news of Jesus Christ. In addition to experiencing the joy on the faces of the children when they receive these gifts, each incarcerated parent receives a letter sharing the experience. In many cases they even receive photos of their children accepting their gifts. Often, the parent will write a thank you letter for the kindness we have shown to them and their children. Each year, we share in this ministry in many ways. Some members of our church purchase gifts for the children, some join in a “gift wrapping party”, some might help in the delivery of the gifts. May God bless our efforts as we join together each Christmas season to brighten the lives of these children and their parents as we share the love of Christ!!

The Process

Angel Tree Christmas begins when a church member registers their church for the program with the support of their pastor or other church leader(s). Once a church is registered, the process works like this:
Receive Angel Tree Names: Sometime in the fall, Angel Tree coordinators will receive the name, caregiver, and contact information of children who were signed-up by their mom or dad in prison.
Display Angel Tree Name Tags: Angel Tree tags are completed with the name of these children, along with gift suggestions, and are displayed in your church.
Angel Tree Announcement: Church members need to be notified of the program —bulletin, pulpit announcement, bulletin board, etc.—and invited to select names from the Angel Tree display.
Gift purchase and delivery: Church members purchase, wrap, and deliver a gift for each child on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent—and in the process, share the Gospel.