West Homewood FoodShare – This ministry meets every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30 at the West Homewood campus. Through this expanding ministry, we are able to provide free food to over 40 local families (200 adults and children) struggling with food insecurity. This is made possible by our partnership with the Community Food Bank, which asked Trinity to become a weekly drop site to receive free and very low cost food directly from local grocers. You can help by setting up our “store” from 11-2 and/or assisting families as they shop from 2:30-4:30. Volunteers of all ages can plug into this ongoing relational ministry. We hope you join us!
Children’s Clothing Closet – Our clothing and supply closet is available to families in need. Like new donated items and volunteer shopkeepers are always needed. Shopkeepers meet a few times a month to sort donations and help families gather needed items. The closet is located at the West Homewood Campus. Donations can be dropped off at the West Homewood Campus or Oxmoor Campus.
Weekender Backpack Ministry – In the Fall of 2015 Trinity launched this ministry in response to chronic childhood hunger in our community. Now, two years later, over 12,000 weekend meal packs have been delivered to food insecure students at the five Homewood City Schools and Hemphill Elementary. Volunteers needed to deliver and assemble food packs each week! If you want to learn more about assembling food packs, email Cheryl Hinnen.
Trinity supports the following ministries through financial gifts and volunteers:
Urban Ministry located in the West End of Birmingham, Urban supports people living in poverty with programs rooted in compassion and wholeness. Compassion programs address immediate needs, while wholeness programs focus on long-term goals.
Learn more here: http://urban-ministry.org
Community Church Without Walls is a UMC located in the West End community. Connect with CCWW at the WE Community Café and by bringing a meal to one of their worship gatherings.
Learn more here: http://www.ccwwbirmingham.com
Church of the Reconcileris a UMC in downtown Birmingham that is in ministry with, by, and for people who are homeless. Connect with Church of the Reconciler by preparing and serving breakfast on Thursday mornings with TUMC volunteers. Want to learn more? Contact David Miller.
Learn more here: http://churchofthereconciler.com
Restoration Mission and Dream Garden is a UMC in the West End that provides support to their community through their after school and summer program and their Bread of Life food pantry. Join other TUMC members and support Restoration’s ministry efforts, contact Terrie Shroyer to learn more.
Firehouse Ministries – begin volunteering with Firehouse by joining one of Trinity’s many groups who monthly gather together to prepare and serve meals at the emergency shelter.
Firehouse Shelter offers an emergency men’s shelter in downtown Birmingham, in addition to affordable transitional and permanent housing options in surrounding neighborhoods. Firehouse strives to offer assistance with dignity and respect and to empower individuals to reach their potential.
Get Involved: prepare/serve a meal (breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner), lead a Bible Study, organize donations, GED prep, legal services, office work, facilitate educational day programs, and help in the clothes closet.
Learn more here: http://www.firehouseshelter.com/welcome.html
Family Promise of Birmingham (previously Birmingham Hospitality Network) aims to bring shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Trinity, along with 14 other local congregations, house and feed these families for 1 week approximately every 3 months.
Get Involved: the next time we host (the week of August 30th) by preparing meals, eating dinner with the families, spend the night with the families at Trinity, tutor, facilitate parenting classes, etc.
Learn more here: http://familypromisebham.org
Greater Birmingham Ministries is an interfaith organization that provides emergency services for people in need (food pantry, clothes closet, and utility bill assistance), and also encourages community building and civic engagement with the goal of a more just society for all people in Birmingham and Alabama (focus areas: public transit, wage theft, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice system, and the AL Constitution). Their office is located in the Norwood neighborhood.
Get Involved: hold food drives and help organize their food pantry, pick up and deliver food from the Food Bank, school uniform drives for clothes closet, voter registration in under-represented neighborhoods, Christmas Distribution for 200 families (toys, clothes, turkeys, etc).
Learn more here: https://gbm.org
M-Power Ministries shares Christ’s love by providing medical care and education to adults who are low-income. They are located in Avondale. Volunteer orientation is held 1x/month.
Get Involved: medical professionals, people to dispense medications and enter data into their new electronic medical record; literacy tutors (they have the largest adult literacy program in AL); career readiness mentors/instructors; GED prep; work in their Community Garden
Learn more here: http://www.mpowerministries.org
Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham serves Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Walker Counties. To date, more than 600 houses have been sold at zero percent interest, in addition to 450 other housing units repaired or rebuilt. Habitat’s 2015 goal is to build 40 new homes and rehab 20 homes.
Get Involved: Lent 2015 Trinity partnered with other local UMC congregations to build a new home for a family (link for pictures). Watch for our next build in 2016!
Learn more here: http://www.habitatbirmingham.org
Kairos Prison Ministry: is a Christian ministry specifically for individuals in prison or jail that provides retreats that focus on God’s Agape Love for all of His children. Kairos Outside provides retreats for women who are family members of incarcerated men. Volunteers can lead small groups at a retreat (men only in male prisons and vice versa for women prisons/Kairos Outside) or make meals offsite for those going through the retreat.
More information here: http://www.kairos-al.org
Alabama Arise: is a statewide non-profit that works to make Alabama better through research and advocacy for low-income Alabamians. Learn more about involvement here: http://www.arisecitizens.org
Tanzania: Fall 2016 will mark the beginning of an exciting partnership with the Geita District in Tanzania. Our plans are to construct churches and parsonages, lead trainings for church leaders and help with local projects (bee keeping, wash stations, etc.). More information coming soon as we set up our partnership with the people of Tanzania and our missionaries, Eric and Liz Soard.
Panama: Trinity made a 3-year commitment to send 2 teams a year to Panama and build 6 homes. This year our adult team is working at the Methodist Community Center in Cienaguita, Chiriqui. Our teams partner in ministry with the Ngobe people through Vacation Bible School and construction. The Ngobe people is the largest indigenous group in Panama, they live in extreme financial poverty.