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.
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -
Harlem Road UMC is working with the Big Walnut school district and with Neighborhood Bridges to do two very important things.
First of all, we are collecting food for families whose children would have eaten their breakfasts and lunch 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 first week of no-school. Food distribution has already happened once and will happen again on March 30th so please continue to drop off food at HRUMC. Drop-off hours for donations will be from 9a-12p, Monday - Thursday, at Harlem Road Church. Should you need to drop off outside of these hours, there will be bins with lids outside to collect all donations.
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. Bridges has asked for volunteers who are willing and able to a) deliver groceries to the doorstep of families, b) deliver take out food to the doorstep of families, c) provide tutoring to students via telephone/facetime, etc, or d) other opportunities that observe social distancing & help to 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!
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.