Missions are a central part of our ministry here at Halifax UMC.  We believe that one of the ways Christians grow in their walk with God is through serving their neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ.  To this end, HUMC engages in a number of mission efforts both in our local community, and around the world.  We believe in the importance of having both a local and global view of missions.  We invite you to browse the information below to learn about some of the exciting things God is doing through HUMC Missions.

LOCAL MISSIONS

Food Room

The “Food Room” was started in 1991 as a result of a Vision by the members of HUMC who desired to help those in our community in need with basic food support.  We are blessed to be able to offer this ministry to residents of Halifax and Millersburg year round.  The FOOD ROOM is located in the building at the top corner of the HUMC parking lot.   

 

This ministry is led by an amazing group of deeply compassionate volunteers who desire to provide encouragement while also meeting the physical needs of our guests.  Through their faithful effort, food is provided every week and holiday meals are distributed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Church office at mhock@halifaxumc.com.

Monday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday from 3:30 pm. – 6:00 pm​​​​​​​


What’s Up Wednesday Community Meal*

This free meal is offered every Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm September – March.  Volunteer groups from our congregation and community join together to provide this service to our community.  For those who desire, this meal is followed by Small Group opportunities for children, youth and adults who wish to engage in Spiritual Growth opportunities after the meal 6:30-7:30pm.  We hope to see you at the next free community meal!  For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Church office at mhock@halifaxumc.com.


* What's Up Wednesday Meal is suspended for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.


Halifax Youth Center

HUMC Missions is also blessed to support the Halifax Youth Center. This facility is located on Rise Street in Halifax and is the ongoing fulfillment of a vision by our Church to provide a positive, fun and character building space for the youth of our community, grades 6-12.  This program is served by a director and great crew of volunteers who have a passion to provide healthy support to the young people. For more information, please visit the Halifax Youth Center Facebook page at Facebok.com/HalifaxYC.


Faith in Action

>> Next Faith in Action is Spring 2021.

The Church Has Left the Building!  As the body of Christ, we are called not only to GATHER in worship and CONNECT in fellowship, but also to SERVE our neighbors as a display of God’s love.  Do you know of someone who needs help?  A yard that needs trimmed?  A street or park that needs cleaned?  Someone who needs help washing windows? Let your Church Family know so we can minister to them through service.  

GLOBAL MISSIONS

India

Over the past several years, HUMC has sent mission teams to a children’s orphanage in Berachah, India.  In this effort, we partner with Children to Love International by providing support for the day-to-day programming needs of the ministry and to give witness to the love of Jesus Christ.  In 2008, Children to Love began a partnership with Berachah Children’s Home. Berachah sits on the coast of southeastern India, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Founded in 2000 by Kiran Paul, Berachah Children's Home has continued to serve as a haven for children orphaned or semi-orphaned by poverty, parent suicide or natural disasters. When possible, children are restored to their extended family.


Romania

HUMC is currently sending mission teams to Bucharest, Romania, in partnership with Children to Love International and the Open Hearts Foundation.  Through this ministry, we come alongside an ongoing organization dedicated to offering a variety of social supports and services to Romania's most vulnerable, including counseling, afterschool programs and Bible study small groups.  These programs serve institutionalized children, as well as children from vulnerable families.


Missionary Support

The Mission Committee regularly gives financial support to the following missions:

 

  • Red Bird Mission
  • Mission Central
  • Ethnos 360
  • Indian Mobile Mission
  • Isaiah 61 Ministries

 

In addition, we support local missionaries and ministries as God calls us to do so. We send people to serve lunch on the third Sunday of every month at Downtown Daily Bread and also pay for the meals that are served that day. Great Commission Fund Applications can be found in the church office.

Great Commission Fund

The Great Commission Fund is used to cover part of the cost of team members’ outreach to orphans in Romania and India, but it also helps to fund mission trips taken by individuals who regularly attend HUMC and long term missionaries, such as Hannah Romberger. In addition, it can be used to help fund any families who choose to host orphans in their home, as presented on Orphan Sunday. If you are interested in giving to the Great Commission Fund, you can always use an envelope marked “Great Commission Fund” and place it in the offering. Please note that you can also make regular electronic contributions to the Great Commission Fund, using the forms found in the church office.


Susquehanna Conference Opportunities

HUMC also partners with the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church to engage and support missions through their "Volunteers in Missions" program.  Click here for a list of opportunities.  Please note the upcoming work days at Wesley Forest, Allport, Bigler, and Woodland, which are close and provide great times of fellowship and service.