MISSION & OUTREACH
The people of First UMC Ansonia strive to foster a missionary spirit that finds its source in Matthew's Gospel:

"Lord when have we seen you hungry and fed you; thirsty and given you drink? And when have we seen you a stranger and taken you in? Or naked and covered you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison and went to visit you?" And in response the King will say, "Amen I say to you, whenever you did this for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for me!" (Matthew 25: 37-40)

There are many opportunities for all to share in the missionary outreach to our local community and to our world. As you peruse our outreach efforts below you may find a ministry that you feel called by God to connect with and embrace. If you feel that God has placed any of our outreach efforts on your heart please let us know! 


 
The Shoe That Grows!

We give life-changing shoes to incredible kids.

With shoes, kids are more healthy, attend school more often, and are more confident.

The Shoe That Grows has 5x the impact of ordinary shoes because it expands 5 sizes and lasts for years.
 

Over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil transmitted diseases worldwide

Without shoes, children are especially vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death.

Children who get sick miss school, can’t help their families, and suffer needlessly. And since children’s feet grow so quickly, they often outgrow donated shoes within a year, leaving them once again exposed to illness and disease.

The Shoe That Grows can change all that.

You can see a pair of these shoes on display in the Narthex of the church. One pair of shoes costs $15.00 and we have a goal of 50pairs of shoes. Currently, as of August 12th we have been able to raise enough funds for 30 pairs of these wonderful shoes!

The children of our Sunday School are sponsoring this mission outreach that began in Vacation Bible School this past week
 
First UMC supports Spooner House in a number of ways. We not only provide food and provisions in order to keep their kitchen in steady supply, but also regularly volunteer to prepare, cook and provide meals to the many folks who depend on this wonderful resource.
We are supporting the efforts of "Helping Hands, Warming Hearts," a winter program of the Connecticut Partnership for Children. There is an angel tree in Fellowship Hall during the colder months under which anyone who wishes can place newly purchased gloves, hats, mittens and scarves for youngsters in need of these warming items this winter. There is always time to donate! We are continually accepting any donations throughout the winter months. Donations can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall on the table beneath the communications bulletin board.
Bishop Wicke United Methodist Home in Shelton. We routinely make pastoral visits and Offer Worship and Holy Communion every other Monday. All are welcome to come along to enhance the music and worship for the residents. Please make sure to let us know of anyone who is currently a resident and would enjoy a pastoral visit!
Shady Knoll Health Center in Seymour.  We also provide Worship Services with Holy Communion when requested. Please be sure to let us know of anyone who is currently in Shady Knoll and would like a visit or prayers!
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