The mission ministry of The First United Methodist Church of Warren is involved, engaged, and inspired! We interpret missional needs locally and abroad. We raise funds for mission projects and personnel in southeast Michigan and around the world. We also provide opportunities to learn about ministry and mission projects and schedule regular days to serve in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Children’s Month Mission Projects
For children’s month we are doing two mission projects, one local and one global. Locally we will be collecting boy’s clothing for the Methodist Children’s Home in Redford.The Methodist Children’s Home Society provides individualized treatment, care, advocacy, and permanency to children and families impacted by childhood trauma. Globally, we will be collecting school supplies to send to children across the world who are in most need. In some areas, children lack access to books and essential school supplies and classes are held in inadequate buildings. UMCOR School kits may be some children’s only educational resource.
Donations can be brought to the office.
Clothing Items Needed for Children’s Home
- Light-weight jackets (Boys/men all sizes)
- Tennis shoes (Boys/men all sizes)
- Long Sleeve shirts (Boys/men all sizes)
- Jogger Pants (Boys/men all sizes)
- Jeans (Youth sizes 6 – 16)
- Underwear and undershirts (Boys small through XL; Men’s small through 3XL)
- Socks (Boys/men sizes)
School Supplies Needed for UMCOR
- Blunt scissors
- Round tip only
- No plastic scissors
- Boxes of 24 crayons
- Only 24-count boxes are accepted
- One-subject notebooks
- No marble composition books
- No 3 or 5-subject notebooks
- Packs of loose-leaf paper
- 100-200 page packets are acceptable
- Wide or college rule accepted
- Hand-held pencil sharpeners
- 1-inch or longer
- 12 inches or 30 centimeters long
- Sturdy or flexible material accepted
- Unsharpened pencils
- Two inches or larger
Collection of candy for trunk or treat
Because of the virus, trick or treating will not be a viable option for many families this year. Warren First UMC is sponsoring a “Drive Through” Trunk or Treat so that children can still have the fun of dressing up and getting candy but will not be in direct contact with anyone outside their vehicle. We are looking for donations of Halloween candy and for volunteers to distribute candy from the trunks of their cars. Please bring candy donations to the church office and let the church office know if you are planning to offer your “trunk” for this event.
Collection of non-perishable Food Items
We are collecting non-perishable food items to share through various community agencies with those in need. Place your donations inside the north entrance doors.
CAN and bottle drive for mcrest
Until June 23, we are collecting returnable cans and bottles as a fundraiser for MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team). Please bring your returnables to the north entrance of the church.
Masks for The Community
With the advent of COVID-19 and the continuing lack of masks in schools, hospitals and other care facilities, Warren First is collecting masks to be donated to these organizations. Many of us have fabric remnants at home that can be used in mask construction and there are many sewing patterns for masks currently on the internet. Pick a pattern that is appropriate for your skill set and available materials. Masks can be dropped off at the church in a box on a shelf in the north entrance for distribution to the facilities in need of them.
Crochet Mask Holders
Hat, Mitten, and Scarf Tree
Free yarn is available to be used to knit/crochet hats, mittens, and scarves for the annual Hat, Mitten and Scarf Tree. In December the tree is erected in the hallway near the sanctuary to be decorated with these donations. The hand made and purchased winter ware is distributed to those in need.
Although the layettes are collected at the church building only in the late winter to early spring, we encourage everyone to pick up articles year round that can be used to assemble them. Keeping knitting, sewing, and crocheting blankets and booties. Watch for sales on sleepers, outfits, onsies, bottles, and diapers. Layettes are assembled from these donations on Mother’s Day weekend and distributed to new mothers in need.