Missions and Community Outreach

Commitment to serving others beyond the four walls is an important part of our calling in Christ Jesus. We provide both financial support as well as face-to-face and hands on opportunities, which embody the love of Jesus for others. We seek to be in mission work locally, nationally, and globally, or as we put it: Here, Across the Street, and Around the World.

 

Grief Share: Our Grief Share facilitators, for health & safety issues, have decided not to resume in-person Grief Share groups at this time, BUT THERE IS HELP AND HOPE!

Grief Share is being offered online - simply visit GriefShare.org, insert your zip code in the "Find a Group" box, and a listing of churches appears. From there, just choose a church and click on its dates. You will then have the option to send an email or call the contact person listed for the participating church; he/she will then contact you with the information on how to sign up for the online program. Presently, Harford Community Church is meeting online, Sundays at 12:00 PM. The program runs through September 6. (Remember, one can join at any time, as one session does not build upon the next.) Pleasant View Baptist Church meets on Mondays at 6:00 PM from August 10 through November 9. Haven Community Church in North East, MD, is transitioning to in-person sessions beginning on Monday, August 10 at 6:30 PM running through November 9.

Coming Soon: Grace Community Church plans to have online sessions starting Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM. This group will run through December 9.

Remember, God IS with you and He WILL walk with you on your journey from grief to joy.

 

Heirloom Victory GardenHeirloom Victory Garden: During World Wars I and II, home victory gardens were promoted to support the war efforts to provide the civilian population with fresh produce.

A contemporary version of these last-century gardens was established at the Moore Family Homestead in 2018 through the collective efforts of the Havre de Grace Green Team, the City of Havre de Grace, and the Historic Preservation Commission: the Heirloom Victory Garden. It is located at the rear of 319 Lafayette Street, beyond the boathouse and backs to Strawberry Lane.

Under the Havre de Grace Green Team’s leadership, the Heirloom Victory Garden’s purpose is to provide fresh produce to local food pantries. In 2019, it donated 1,009 pounds of freshly harvested crops to Saint John’s Cupboard, Grace Place, and Saint Patrick’s Kitchen Door through the efforts of volunteers who plan, plant, weed, and water its various crops in fourteen raised beds. Volunteers are needed to facilitate the upkeep of the garden. Each organization involved with these food pantries, directly or indirectly, is requested to provide volunteers to adopt one or more of the fourteen available beds.

We also encourage community members of all ages, and members of community organizations to participate in this initiative. Many hands certainly make light work, when it comes to helping the Heirloom Victory Garden give back to our community. Can we count on your support? For any further information, please contact Ennise Bloom via email: ebbwellness@gmail.com or by cell phone: (410) 340-0234.

 

Summer 2020 - Friday Spanish Class at Fallston UMC! Do you know enough Spanish to order a taco, but not enough to discuss current events or what you did over the weekend? Joy Bufano, Christian educator on the staff of Fallston United Methodist Church, will be offering an intensive and fun 6-week class at Fallston UMC this summer! Class times are currently from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Fridays (evenings a possibility), with some homework and virtual conversation partners during the week.

Teachers, this is your chance to build up your foreign language skills and in the process, build your relationships with Spanish-speaking students and their families! Also great for people planning to travel, go on mission trips, or just wanting to learn enough in order to understand things from a new perspective! The $150 fee includes the book and all other course materials. Both virtual and outdoor meetings will be included. Email or message Joy Bufano for more info at: JoyBufano@gmail.com.

 

Summer Table Program

Summer 2020 - Free Summer Meals (Children 18 & Under): When school is out, children are still hungry, and for those children that might otherwise go without meals during the summer, Harford County Public Schools runs the Summer Table Program

This program serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks at stationary locations throughout the county to all eligible children who are residents of Harford County, age 2 to 18; children do not have to be enrolled in the program serving the meals in order to receive a meal there.

The Meal Kit Pick Up Sites in Havre de Grace are the Swan Harbor Mobile Home Park and Havre de Grace Elementary School, which are both open Mondays and Wednesdays through August 31. Swan Harbor is open from 12:00 - 12:30 PM both days and Havre de Grace Elementary is open from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM both days. On Monday, you can stop by either location to pick up 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, and on Wednesday you will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

If you are interested in providing meals at your establishment through the Summer Table Program, please contact the Harford County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Office at (410) 638-4078.

 

Habitat for Humanity Seeks AmeriCorps Members for their Construction Team:

Not sure what to do after graduating high school or college? Plans fouled up by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Why not take a year to serve others? Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is looking for individuals to join its AmeriCorps construction team. AmeriCorps is a 10-month long service experience serving on our build sites learning the construction trade and supervising volunteers. Habitat has good safety precautions in place all the time, but especially for COVID-19. AmeriCorps offers a modest stipend, as well as an education award, for completion of the program. No previous construction experience is needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact John Lanigan at jlanigan@habitatsusq.org.


Habitat for Humanity Needs Construction Volunteers (Aberdeen):

Habitat for Humanity is building a new home at 814A Giles Lane in Aberdeen, MD. We are in the beginning stages of construction, which means we need help with framing and roofing. If you have experience in this skill, or even if you just want to learn how to do this, we are asking for your help! We have plenty of open weekdays for volunteer groups of up to 20 people, as well as a few Saturdays left. Volunteers must be at least 16. Please follow this link to sign up: 

https://www.habitatsusq.org/volunteer/construction-volunteers.

Groups should contact Brianne Young at: byoung@habitatsusq.org or 410-638-4434 x4 to set up their build day, and individuals can register online using the construction calendar at: www.habitatsusq.org.

 

October is our Prison Ministry Opportunity: The Maryland Kairos Prison Ministry is a multi-church group of laypersons and clergy that will be sharing God's love with Prisoners and the spouses and family of prisoners. Through prayer, visitation, art, and other means, we sponsor two efforts: the first is Kairos Outside, which is a ministry to the adult women who have been touched by a loved one's incarceration.

A second effort called Kairos Inside sponsors a retreat and monthly prayer visits to the Jessup Men's Prison (MCI-J). Both ministries have big events this October. Stay tuned for more opportunities to share. More information about Kairos can be found at: www.marylandkairos.org. Please contact the Church Office at hdgumc@verizon.net to get in touch with the coordinators if you are interested.

 

We are involved in or support the following organizations in our community:

 

Havre de Grace Elementary School

Alpha's Glory Crisis Pregnancy Center

Grace Place at St. John's Episcopal Church

FCCAU Harford County Homeless Shelter

The Red Bird Missionary Conference

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

Maryland Kairos Prison Ministry

Children of Zion Village in Namibia

Baltic Theological Seminary in Tallin, Estonia

Camp Gideon in Estonia

Grace United Methodist Church (and Pastor's Salary) in Sillamae, Estonia

 

The Havre de Grace United Methodist Church was recognized by the Harford County Council for partnering with the Harford Hope for the Homeless Alliance for the 2016-2017 winter emergency rotating shelter:

 

 

Harford County Community Services Guide 2017: