How Can We Serve?
As churches across the country are empty because of the Coronavirus pandemic, may we not only continue to trust God but also love and care for one another.
We have created registration groups for volunteers willing to help those in the local area who are affected by the virus (ex. running errands, picking up medications, making a financial donation), for those affected by the virus or feeling vulnerable and need various forms of assistance, and also for those who are caring for someone sick or elderly and is in need of prayer and/or encouragement.
If you would like to join our COVID-19 Response volunteer team, or if you are someone who has a need (and you live within 3-5 miles of UPC), now is the time to reach out and let us know! Click here.
COVID-19 Printable Postcard
Looking for a way to help someone on your street? These print-at-home cards offer everyone the chance to spread kindness during these times of uncertainty. Simply print it out, fill out your personal details and tick what you're able to offer someone in need. Whether it's collecting bread from the supermarket or calling for a chat, you never know the difference you're making to someone in self-isolation. You are encouraged to leave the items on their doorsteps to avoid direct contact with those in self-isolation.
Take a Prayer Walk
Walk the neighborhood and greet from afar anyone you see. Ask them how they are doing. If the opportunity arises, ask them if there is any specific way you can pray for them.
Invite your neighbors to a driveway/yard chat, where you each sit in lawn chairs in your own driveway or yard with plenty of distance to be safe but close enough to talk
Write letters to shut-ins and widows. Let us know if you would like a list of addresses of our seniors.
As unemployment rises, Jobs Partnership is a trusted ministry partner that is working to provided mentorship and training to help people find long-term stable employment. Find out ways you can get involved here.
Other Ideas for Service or Outreach Projects
(When there isn't the need for social-distancing or self-quarantining)
1) ESL: Meets Monday nights. Bring snacks that night, serve and meet students from different nations. You could also just bring them Sunday and leave in the kitchen fridge. They could use some more conversation partners and/or teachers.
2) Elderly/Shut-ins at The Bridge/Life Care Center (on Rouse): Helping with or leading the worship service we host on a Sunday morning, which could include speaking, welcoming or leading them in songs. You could also simply go visit those who attend.
3) Elderly/shut-ins at Palm Valley: You could just visit to be with them and encourage them or you could add on some yard/house work that is hard for them to do (like changing light bulbs etc)
4) Homeless at Samaritan Resource Center: They are open Mon-Thur, 9-12 and have so much need of volunteers for such things as sorting clothes, welcoming clients, data entry, meeting with clients, or laundry.5) Local Motel: Take a morning to read stories or tutor children who live at the local motel. You could also just take a morning to take some breakfast or Starbucks to the workers to be a blessing to them.
6) Bithlo: Multiple opportunities to serve. One is the Christian school working with very low-income students (like tutoring or being a substitute). There are possible opportunities for a project day to serve the children from there who are coming to UPC, such as helping to repair or clean their house.
7) Transformers Club (after-school ministry): Meet Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Tutor, teach, or just play with children.
8) Hurting Members: Take a Saturday morning to go visit, pray with and bless one of our members who are hurting or struggling
9) Evangelistic prayer (at CG): Ask everyone to bring the name of one non-Christian person/family neighbor/co-worker/etc. to pray for during your CG time each week. Ask the following weeks for any “Stories of God at Work” as you pray for them each week.
10) Serve Your Neighbors: Take a night each month to make a cookies or other desert for each CG member to take around to their neighbors as just an inroad to get to know them and be a blessing to them. You could add in asking them if there is anything you could pray for them about.
11) Riverdale Elementary: Multiple ongoing opportunities to serve this Title I school and their families, from helping with events to tutoring children during their after-school program.