Harlem Road Church has vibrant missions and outreach programs led by our Missions Team. We strive to be active representatives of Jesus Christ in our community, our nation, and the world.
We support the Neighborhood Bridges non-profit organization. Bridges posts needs of students or community members to allow other members of the Big Walnut community to provide those needs. There are Neighborhood Bridges in 12 central Ohio communities and in 20 communities in Alabama.
To learn more about Bridges, to volunteer, to supply needed items, 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.
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.
The May 2021 produce market was a huge success. We had around 50 families that came out. We gave away a ton of food. On averages, families received about $38 worth of fresh produce. What a huge impact that is in their lives!
We also loaded up the van for Central College Food Pantry, which services around 42 families. In addition to this ripple effect, one of our patrons, who proxies for several families, has a connection to the Blessing Boxes around the Columbus Metropolitan area. If we have a surplus some produce can be added to the “high traffic” areas. For more information about them, search for “Sunbury Blessings Box” on Facebook.
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