2018 marks the ninth year that Helena UMC has sponsored our Festival of Three Kings project -- where church members buy Christmas gifts for the foster children in Shelby County DHR ... plus the church holds a morning of games, Santa visits and more for the foster children each December. 

It's one of our favorite mission projects each year!


Videos from Our Missionaries (Click Link to View)

Alabama Childhood Food Solutions
Serving families and children in central Alabama with a food pantry. Groceries are distributed every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Come and join us on the next time we serve there! 

Backpack Buddies  Throughout the school year we partner with Helena Elementary and Helena Middle to provide  nutritious, self serve food to those children who do not have enough to eat on the weekends.  Opportunities to assist with shopping and packing occur throughout the year. Next packing date will be in November. 

God's Cupboard - monthly
We provide non-perishable food items to assist three local food pantries and deliver to them once a month. So bring a jar of peanut butter or a box of cereal the next time you come to church. You may drop off your donations in the wooden box in the hallway next to the fellowship hall. 

Firehouse Shelter - monthly
Can you serve a meal with a smile and a word of encouragement? If so, you could join us on the first Thursday of each month when we serve dinner at the downtown men's shelter.   Other opportunities to serve are: leading a Bible study or teaching a life skills class. 

Helena Miracle League
Volunteer as a buddy to assist a child with disabilities as they play a game of baseball. Games are scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Other opportunities are available as well. 

Kairos and Kairos Outside
This prison ministry seeks to share the love of Christ with the incarcerated as well as the families of those affected. 

Kings Stables
This ministry offers equine therapy to children and adults with disabilities. Volunteer to assist a rider or with general maintenance at the farm.

Knitting Group & Plarn Ministry
 This group meets every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in room 120. The group prays over each shawl as it is made. The group is also making the plarn mats for the homeless. The shawls are available in the wooden box located in the narthex if you know of someone in need of prayer.  

Manna Ministries
Their focus is to provide groceries for local families in need. They are open every Saturday from 8:00-12 noon. They can always use volunteers!

Ronald McDonald House
Join us as we provide a meal and game or craft for the families who are staying at the house while their child is undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital. 

Soldier Care Packages - monthly
Each month a care package is shipped overseas to those serving in our military. Items that are specifically requested would be: powder laundry detergent, dryer sheets, protein bars, , body wash and deodorant, feminine body wash and shampoo. You may drop off your donations in the hallway located next to the fellowship hall. 

The WellHouse
We serve at this shelter by leading a cooking class for the women who are victims of sex trafficking. Visit schedule to be determined. 

United Methodist Disaster Relief Warehouse
This warehouse provides emergency supplies to families in need after a natural disaster. We volunteer on a Saturday several times a year. Families with children over the age of 12 years old are welcome! Next date to serve is Saturday June 15 from 9:00 until 12:00 noon.

National Mission Opportunities

Appalachian Service Project
We travel to Jonesville, VA once a year in October to help make homes warmer, safer and drier for local residents. If you like to swing a hammer or paint, then join us on this journey into Appalachia. Dates for this year's trip are October 3-6, 2019.

International Mission Opportunities
TMS Global- Costa Rica
We are partnering with Beth & Brian Tatum to send a team of volunteers to work with them in March 2020.  
Challenge Farm- Kenya
We are currently contributing to the fund to raise money for a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the farm to use daily as they transport children to and from the village. 
BMDMI Honduras
As a church, we contributed monies to offset the cost of the mission trip to Honduras. A team of 18 people ranging in ages of 16-83 years served this year. There were 24 professions  of faith and of those, 19 were children. God is good!
Look for details this fall on how you can be a part of this ministry.
Sozo Children- Uganda
This ministry just completed the move to their new home in Uganda. Their local thrift store located in Avondale helps to support the facility in Uganda. Volunteer opportunities are available to sort clothing at the thrift store any weekend. Our children's ministry packed over 40 shoe boxes that will be shipped to the children's home just in time for Christmas this year. 

Interested in any of these opportunities to serve? Contact Sherri Smith at sherrismith@helenaumc.org or call 205.663.0111.