West Homewood FoodShare – this ministry meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 4pm in the Oakmont campus Fellowship Hall. Through our partnership with the Community FoodBank, we provide food and other home essentials to families in need. This is a wonderful, ongoing, relational service opportunity for all ages. YOU can help by donating food or supplies, and bringing an afternoon snack or children’s craft. Sign up to bring the afternoon snack.
Weekender Backpack Ministry – In the Fall of 2015 Trinity launched this ministry in response to chronic childhood hunger in our community. Over 12,000 weekend meal packs have been delivered in the first 2 years of this ministry. We provide food packs to food insecure students in all of the 5 Homewood City Schools and also Hemphill Elementary in the West End. The food is ordered from the Community Food Bank of Central AL (CFB). The cost of one food pack is just $3.95. ($140 feeds one student for an entire school year.)
A typical backpack contains two breakfast items, two entrees, two snacks, and a fruit. We ensure that each item is easy for a young child to open and prepare, as well as nutritious. Involved schools report improved energy level and concentration, increased classroom participation, improved academic performance, positive behavioral gains, and improved overall health in participating children and youth.
Crop Drop – On September 9 from 7:30 – 11 AM at the West Homewood campus, help us sort and bag 25,000 pounds of produce for local organizations. All ages can participate! SIGN UP today!
Want to support this ministry?
Financially: Checks can be made payable to TUMC, Memo: Backpack. Donations can also be made during the month of August on TUMC’s giving page on our website.
Volunteer: Help us by delivering weekend food packs to the schools! Sign up here.
Contact Kristan Walker for more info.
Family Promise – Help host families! Volunteer to help Trinity host local homeless families at our Oxmoor campus. Bring meals, eat, play and stay the night at Trinity with the families. For more info or to sign up, contact Laura McCain.
Urban Ministry located in the West End, Urban serves people who are in poverty with programs rooted in compassion and wholeness. Compassion programs address immediate needs, while wholeness programs address long-term needs.
Get Involved: collect, deliver, and stock food pantry donations; mentor, tutor, and play with children in the Urban Kids program; work in the Community Garden, participate in monthly socials for elderly clients, assist clients with transportation, paint local homes, and help with the soon-to-open Urban Community Café.
Learn more here: http://urban-ministry.org
Community Church Without Walls is a congregation located in the West End neighborhood. CCWW is open to all; currently their congregation is primarily made up of youth. Welcome to Garrett and Caitlin Harper (previously Hartley), the newly appointed pastors of CCWW!
Get Involved: join in worship on Wednesday mornings, Thursday nights, or Sunday afternoons; provide transportation to the store and appointments; get to know some awesome youth (Food and Family- 1x/month open your home to small groups of CCWW kids and share a meal together).
Learn more here: http://www.ccwwbirmingham.com
Church of the Reconciler is a congregation in downtown Birmingham that is in ministry with, by, and for people who are homeless.
Get Involved: collect and organize donations, assist with meal preparation (Trinity does this every Thursday morning), and help with building maintenance, medical exams, musicians, transportation, legal assistance, tech assistance, and unemployment assistance.
Learn more here: http://churchofthereconciler.com
Restoration Mission and Dream Garden a congregation in the West End that seeks to provide support to local families through an afterschool and summer program for children ages 3 and up, addiction recovery ministry, and the Bread of Life food pantry
Get Involved: volunteer with their after school/summer program (Dream Garden), donate to their food pantry, help with organization and general building repairs
Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/RestorationMission?fref=ts
McCoy Adult Day Care Center provides supervision, health screening, nutrition, therapeutic activities, transportation, and exercise opportunities for older adults so that they can maintain the highest level of independence possible. Caregivers are also offered counseling and support.
Get Involved: health screenings, throw a birthday or seasonal party, help in the office, sing or play instruments, play games, etc.
Learn more here: http://mccoyadultdaycare.com/Home.html
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.