Local Outreach

To love and to serve

For who is greater, the one seated at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:27

Outreach to others is one of the most vital components of our faith. We are passionate about making our local and global communities a better place for all. By serving others, we feel the transformative power of our beliefs and see the positive change that it brings to the world. As we continue our work of empowering people and building sustainable programs, we see a light and a renewed resolution in those we touch. The greatest things happen when we listen to God’s call, open our hearts wide, and serve.

To learn more about our local agency partners, click here.

Upcoming Opportunities

Cascade UMC Thanksgiving Giveaway

  • Monday, November 25 9:00am – 2:00pm
    Assist Cascade members in their annual Thanksgiving Basket give away to over 1400 low income families.
  • Tuesday, November 26 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Meet at Cascade to prepare and deliver 500 lunches
    to 10 low income apartment complexes.

Contact Beth Spencer at beths@prumc.org to volunteer for these 20 year old traditions feeding those in need.

Christmas Kindness Volunteers Needed!
December 7 – 11, 2019
Christmas Kindness is a PRUMC ministry that offers a dignified way for Atlantans in need to share the joy of Christmas with their families. You can volunteer to help select warm coats, toys and necessities, or to host, wrap gifts or provide refreshments. All shifts are for adults 18 and up.
Sign up here.

Gift Wrapping:
Sat, Dec 7, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Sun, Dec 8, 1:30 – 4:00 pm or 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Mon, Dec 9, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Shopping/Helping/Wrapping:
Tue, Dec 10, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

If you and your 1st -5th grade children are interested in volunteering for the AGAPE Children’s Night of Christmas Kindness on Wednesday, December 11, a separate volunteer link will be sent through Children’s Ministries.

 

 

Living Christmas

Each December Peachtree Road is privileged to host Christmas Kindness. We provide a shop full of new coats, household items and toys so the working poor of our city may select gifts for their families with dignity, at no cost to them. Beyond providing material items, Christmas Kindness gives an experience of respect and independence to patrons who are known as “working poor.” Many live in area shelters, and all are in need.

Christmas Kindness patrons are warmly welcomed into our church and guided to areas where they select their own gifts for children and family. All items are new, and whether our patrons go home with a toy, a toaster or a warm winter coat, they all leave with the feeling that they matter.  Volunteer here!

Christmas Kindness is not about giving a gift. And it’s not just about giving Christmas. It’s about living Christmas. If you are looking to live out Christmas this year and give of your heart, please join us in supporting this beloved outreach program.

$15 or $30 provides a child’s gift
$50 provides small appliance
$100 provides four coats
$240 provides christmas for one family
$1000 provides christmas for four families

Christmas Kindness is funded exclusively by donations. $150,000 in gifts extend the Christmas Kindness ministry to 2,100 people in the Atlanta area. Thank you!

Food Drive for BCM

Twice a year Peachtree Road fills up the food pantry at Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) so that Atlanta’s working poor families will not go hungry if they cannot afford groceries. We commit to collecting non-perishable food items (see list here) in March and October. As a reminder, paper bags with lists attached are given out each Sunday in those months. Groceries can be dropped off at bins located throughout the church.


Diaper & Formula Drive

Diapers and baby formula are necessary but costly items. The families assisted by Buckhead Christain Ministry and Feed My Lambs can’t always afford these staples for their infants. We can help cloth and feed the smallest of God’s children and lend a hand to their parents. We collect diapers of all sizes and formula in September in bins located throughout the church.

We rise by lifting others

The Great Day of Service

Each spring at Peachtree Road we take one Saturday to serve our community as a church family. This church-wide event is designed to make a large impact in a short time, and inspire others as well as ourselves.

As we clean, sort, paint, pack and garden, we strive to make a dent in the overwhelming needs of our outreach partners. The Great Day of Service is our springtime jump-start to volunteer efforts that we can continue throughout the year. The goal is to make helping others a priority, and to remember it is fun and rewarding!

The Great Day of Service is an impactful way to experience the work of our outreach partners. Their presence is important and transformative and we are honored to be active participants in serving our community.

Schedule

8:00 am . Gathering and Breakfast
8:30 am . Holy Communion
9:00 am . Teams head out to service projects
11:00 am to 1:30 pm . Old Fashioned BBQ

2020 Projects - TBA

Please check back in January of 2020 for a complete listing of projects for The Great Day of Service.  Listing will include agency, description, captain, appropriate ages and number of volunteers needed.

Great Day FAQs

What time does my project end?
Each project length is different. They end anywhere from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Your project captain will confirm the length.

Do I need to bring anything to my project?
Your Project Captain will contact you with information a week before the Great Day. Usually we provide all the necessary equipment.

Do I need to bring lunch or water?
Water is provided by the church and lunch will be provide your Project Captain if your project continues during lunchtime.

How do I know where my project is?
You will receive an email the week of the GDS with complete details and directions to your project.

Do I need to come to the church first? Or can I go straight to my project?
You can meet either at the church, or at your project. We recommend coming to the church so that you may experience communion with the large group.

What should I wear?
Wear casual clothes that can get dirty.

What if it rains?
If it rains, and you are on an outdoor project, you will receive instructions to your rain plan (indoor) project.

How do I get more information on who we are helping?
To learn more about the agencies we are helping, ask your project captain for information or link to their website from www.prumc.org.

How often is the Great Day? Are there more throughout the year?
The Great Day of Service occurs once annually during Lent.

Can I count this toward school service hours?
To count The Great Day toward school service hours please email Beth Spencer at beths@prumc.org.

How do I register?
Register online or on a paper form located throughout the church.

What are the age breakdowns? Is there a nursery for children too young for projects?
The registration form indicates appropriate ages for each project. Nursery is available at the church for 4 months to 4 years. We have planned outreach activities for ages 4 to 7 at the church. Some off-campus projects take children as young as 4 years old.

Decent, safe, affordable

PRUMC and Habitat believe that every person should have access to a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Because of that belief, we team up each year to build homes for hard working families. Our strong partnership with Habitat is founded on their mission of sustainability. Each recipient of a Habitat Home works by our side to build the home. They also attend required home ownership education classes on maintenance, budgeting and more. Because of this type of “hand up” outreach, we are building better communities that last.

Want to join us? It’s easy! No building experience is necessary – just a willing spirit. Our volunteers of all skill levels partner with Habitat house leaders to construct a home in 7 weekends.

Day 1     Install walls, deck, columns, and beams.
Day 2     Install trusses and doors. Build side porch and stairs. Begin siding.
Day 3     Deck and felt roof. Install framing. Continue siding.
Day 4     Shingle, insulate. Finish siding and caulking. Install porch railings. Paint.
Day 5     Paint. Finish shingling. Install interior doors.
Day 6     Paint. Install baseboards, window sills, trim, cabinets, and counter tops.
Day 7     Paint. Install hardware.
Day 8     Clean up / touch up. Landscape. Dedicate.

This is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity that builds homes, communities and hope.
We hope you’ll join us on our next build in Spring of 2020!