Mission, Service and Outreach
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There are many ways to serve God through our many outreach programs at Contoocook United Methodist Church. Below are descriptions of the major events, but there are often many more throughout the year. Feel free to speak with a Outreach member to get involved!
Hopkinton Food Pantry
We are committed to helping the Hopkinton Food Pantry, through collections of food (especially fresh produce) for Thanksgiving baskets and raising money through the Crop Walk in the fall.
Every fifth Sunday, we prepare and serve meals at Friendly Kitchen located in Concord. Serving approximately 85, we especially enjoy treating them to BBQ’s and fresh corn on the cob during the summer months. Working along with the youth, Souper Bowl of Caring donations provide funds for the meals as well as gifts of warm clothing for the patrons at Christmas. Twice a year rummage sales sponsored by the Service Club, also provides needed clothing in the spring and fall.
Got Lunch Program
The “Got Lunch” program is a grassroots effort by the community of Hopkinton. It’s goal is to provide lunches throughout the year to children, as well as, older residents in need of a helping hand. Backpacks are sent home from school on Fridays with food to make lunches on the weekends. During school vacations and the summer, the need is increased as the children do not have access to the subsidized lunch program. “Got Lunch” is a mission project supported by the Missions Team and this congregation helping our local community.
His Mansion Ministries
The Potato Project completed its’ 20th year in 2016, each year bringing 45,000-50,000 pounds of potatoes from northern Maine for us to distribute to 22 food pantries across the southern half of NH, from Portsmouth to Keene, Nashua to Claremont in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. The potatoes are donated by the Maine farmers, gleaned by volunteers, bagged and shipped to us by tractor-trailer through the Society of St Andrew’s, in Big Island, Virginia. We provide funds to cover the shipping cost and man (and woman) power to load the 50 pound bags onto food agency trucks, all at a cost of two cents per serving of potatoes.
UMCOR Building Team
February, 2010 – Five Member team traveled to New Orleans to work on cleanup and rebuilding of neighborhoods destroyed by Katrina through United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).