Grace Network is a network of over 100 partnering local churches dedicated to providing short term support for long term solutions. Grace provides financial assistance for life needs in a crisis—helping to pay housing and utility bills. It also stocks a client-choice food pantry where clients “shop” for enough food to feed an entire family for two weeks. A pool of over 150 dedicated volunteers staff the program. To learn about how you can volunteer, Grace provides an informational and orientation session on the first Wednesday of each month. Call for details at 638-8500. Find Grace Network online.
SMUMC’s Community Meal is held the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteers help with planning, shopping, preparing, serving and cleaning up after each meal. We average over 100 people for each meal. Our meals are a time of sharing not only our food, but also our friendship, as we enjoy fellowship time with our guests from the community.
Just Call granny
New Ministry... Just Call Granny is an informational phone service. It will be offered to parents, grandparents and caregivers with children birth-kindergarten in the Martinsville and Henry Co. area. The project will begin in 2018 when volunteers have been recruited and training completed. Please come join our committee to share this vision and help it become a reality for our community. Meetings are held monthly. Check out this Video for more information.
summer Feeding program
During the months of June and July, Henry County Schools sponsor the Summer Food Program. Lunch is served, free of charge, to children 18 and under in our community. Adults bringing children are served free lunches too. Smith Memorial sponsors this program as an extension of our Community Meal Ministry. All of the food is prepared ahead of time and delivered to our church. Lunches are served between 11:30-1:00pm, by volunteers of our church.
Each year, on business day at our two local elementary schools, John Redd Elementary and Collinsville Primary, SMUMC passes out 750 bagged lunches (375 at each school) for children and their families. We begin the project by purchasing the items for the bags: sunbutter, grape jelly, bread, raisins, chips, oatmeal cookies, pencils, bottles of water and napkins. On Wednesday evening, the day before business day, volunteers make the sandwiches and stuff all 750 bags. On distribution day, volunteers in pairs, work 2-hour shifts from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to distribute the bags from a colorful table in each school's lobby.
SMUMC partners with the Salvation Army during the Advent season each year to provide gifts to at least 50 families/individuals. A Salvation Army angel tree is set up at the church and members/groups select angels. On a selected Sunday, all gifts are brought to the church to be dedicated before being picked up by the Salvation Army. The project is named after Shel Silverstein’s book by the same name.
Smith Memorial United Methodist Church sponsors Cub Scout Pack # 166. This Pack was started in our church, (known as The Methodist Church of Collinsville at that time) on February 25, 1950. Although the Pack has held its meetings at other locations over the years, SMUMC welcomed Pack 166 back to their “home” church in 2012. Currently, young men in first through fifth grades meet weekly at our church as part of the worldwide Scouting movement which aims to promote character development, citizenship training and personal fitness. Visit Boy Scouts of America Online.