Harlem Road Church has vibrant missions and outreach programs led by Judy Sharpe-Kosmatka. We are active representatives of Jesus Christ in our community, our nation, and the world.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Neighborhood Bridges
We are collecting food for families whose children would have eaten their breakfasts and lunch this week at the school. We have taken the food collected to-date over to Big Walnut, and families have picked up very full bags to be used this time of no school. We currently don't know when this can and should end, so please continue to drop off food at HRUMC. Drop-off hours for donations are from 9 am – 12 pm, Monday - Thursday, at Harlem Road Church. If you need to drop off donations outside of these hours, there will be bins with lids outside to collect all donations. Watch for emails from the church to receive further information.
Another concern is for the elderly, for families in need, and for persons who have a compromised health and don't want to go out in public for grocery shopping. Neighborhood Bridges has asked for volunteers who are willing and able to a) deliver groceries to the doorstep of families, b) deliver takeout food to the doorstep of families, c) provide tutoring to students via telephone/facetime, etc., or d) provide other opportunities that observe social distancing & help others.
To see what foods are needed, to volunteer or to make a financial donation, please go to https://www.neighborhoodbridges.org. On that first screen, enter "Big Walnut" in the search bar and then select it when it shows up. Then, on the next screen, you'll have a "Subscribe" space in which to enter your email so that you are notified of upcoming needs. Also on that screen, in the middle of the picture, is a "Donate" button. There you'll see the two current needs...food and volunteers. Please click on each to see information and to volunteer.
SidebySide Outreach Ministry
In partnership with a few other local church congregations and civic associations, Harlem Road Church runs ministry programs for the nearby Westerville Estates Mobile Home Community. We sponsor children and families at Christmas, provide school supplies and clothing, teach, run a weekly "Homework Help" program and help in other ways as opportunities present themselves. This is a wonderful way for you to consider serving our community!
Bountiful Backpacks Ministry
In partnership with a few other local churches, Harlem Road Church is part of the Bountiful Backpacks outreach program that provides Big Walnut students, grades K-8 and their families with backpacks filled with non-perishable food to eat over the weekend. We provide them with breakfast, lunch and a snack for both Saturday and Sunday to replace what they would get at school through the week. Check out their website at https://bountifulbackpacks.com/
Imagine Missions Children's Home in Haiti
Eighteen folks from Harlem Road Church traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2012 to build a shelter house and minister to the staff and residents of Imagine Missions Children's Home, and we have continued to go down there each year since that first trip. Perhaps more importantly we offer the ability to sponsor an orphanage child on a monthly basis and/or help by donating to our Haiti fund at church.Over 20 members are currently provide monthly support. You can provide support to Imagine Missions by donating at www.imaginemissions.org/sponsor-contribute or you can learn more by visiting www.imaginemissions.org.
Ronald McDonald House
We collect aluminum pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House recycles the pop tabs to raise funds for wheelchairs.
Partnering with God Campaign
We collect aluminum cans for the Children’s/Youth Pledge to our Partnering with God Campaign that enables us to serve our local community.
Souders Elementary School
We collect Box Tops for Education to help Souders Elementary, the school that is right around the corner from the church. Many of the children and families helped by our SidebySide Outreach Ministry are Souders students and families.
Next Generation Outreach
Our Next Generation Program holds regular outreach events.
About four times each school year we collect and mail care packages to each of our college students to let them know that their church is always there for them. The newsletter and the Sunday Celebration Folders provide information on when the boxes are available to collect donations.
Kroger Community Rewards
This is a great way to help our church and outreach programs. We have several households who are shopping at Kroger and using their Community Rewards card to bless Harlem Road UMC. You can also help in this way! If you've enrolled in the past, your enrollment expires after 12 months. You can enroll or re-enroll at Kroger Community Rewards