At Wilkes Blvd UMC, our faith is understood, expressed, strengthened, and deepened through service, mission, and ministry with Columbians experiencing homelessness and deep impoverishment. Here are the primary ways that happens.
Turning Point is the heart of our life here at Wilkes Blvd UMC. Housed on the third floor of the church building, Turning Point is a daily basic needs provider and referral center for our neighbors living on the streets of Columbia. We offer showers, laundry facilities, a mailing address, personal storage, and many other things Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and Mon, Weds, Fri, 5-6pm. Pastor Marcus Reynolds, 5th Street Christian Church, serves as the director of the Turning Point ministry. There are always many volunteer opportunities to help and support this work. The easiest and best way to help is to donate, which you can do right now from this site. Call or email for more information: email@example.com 573-214-4007
LOAVES & FISHES is a nightly free dinner served from the kitchen of Wilkes Blvd UMC. Wilkes hosts Loaves & Fishes but the program is organized through Ruth O'Neill with the St. Francis Catholic Worker House. If you're interested in signing up a group to serve the meal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are ways to serve Loaves & Fishes through Wilkes. We prepare and serve the meal once a month on the 2nd Sunday. We also provide nightly hospitality and greeters at the door as guests arrive; if you'd like to provide a warm welcome and friendly smile to guests of L&F, contact our hospitality coordinator, email@example.com. Nonperishable staple donations, as well as kitchen basics, are always welcome and appreciated.
Loaves & Fishes serves anywhere from 75-150 plates 363 evenings a year and is a true community project. Get involved today!
Sunday morning is an exciting time at Wilkes. In addition to Sunday school classes at 9:30 and worship at 10:45, we serve a free, open breakfast every Sunday morning and offer our space and time spent together in worship to ALL, including our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. Usually teams of two prepare and serve breakfast, serving beginning at 10:15am. If you'd like to learn more about helping with Sunday breakfast at Wilkes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things have a way of popping up around here as we walk and work alongside the most in need in our community and one of the best ways you can support our ministry with these the least, last, and lost of Columbia is donating directly to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. This fund allows Pastor Brad to meet the needs of this community at a case by case level. Donations to this fund will go directly to a brother or sister in need. Go to the Donate page and offer your support today!