Sunday Suppers: Aldersgate volunteers serve dinner on the third Sunday of every month to our neighbors who are in need of a good meal.
In collaboration with local faith communities, dinner is served every Sunday at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Our guests include single people and families who are struggling with finances, homelessness or are simply in need of companionship.
Volunteer duties include:
- Food shopping
- Food preparation
- Food service
- Clean up
Each volunteer serves one to two hours, with arrival between 4:00 – 6:00pm, depending on assigned job. All volunteers must be over 12 years old.
Family Promise: Hosting families at risk of becoming homeless.
Four times a year Aldersgate provides a week of shelter and meals for families in the Family Promise of Orange County program as they work towards their own stability and self-reliance.
Families Forward: The first Sunday of every month, AUMC collects non-perishable food items for the Families Forward food pantry to support their efforts helping families recover from financial crisis so they can maintain self-sufficiency.
Aldersgate Abolitionists: Provides awareness and education about Human Slavery and Trafficking and partners with local organizations who support survivors.
ZOE Ministries: Aldersgate United Methodist Church sponsors a ZOE family group in Rwanda.
ZOE is a three-year empowerment program assisting orphaned children to move from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency. After graduating from ZOE’s program, a child will have moved to sustainable self-sufficiency, able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and social support for themselves and their siblings. ZOE seeks to realize a glimpse of God’s reign on earth through empowering the most vulnerable of God’s children physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
For the past three years an Aldersgate mission trip has been led to Rwanda. The participants are able to meet the children in the orphan group we sponsor financially and observe the program’s successes.
Resources for Mission and Outreach
It is the hope of the Missions and Outreach committee that in order to be sensitive to and respond to the injustices in our society, it is important to educate ourselves on the issues. Click on the link below to view the books recommended by members of Aldersgate to aid in this pursuit. This will be an evolving list.