Our Mission Priorities

Poverty, Children & the Environment


 

Poverty

“As a church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich. To begin to alleviate poverty, we support such policies as: adequate income maintenance, quality education, decent housing, job training, meaningful employment opportunities, adequate medical and hospital care, humanization and radical revisions of welfare programs, work for peace in conflict areas and efforts to protect creation’s integrity. ” ~excerpted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

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Volunteers assembling lunch bags for guests of the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) to take with them the next day. Each year, Ghent UMC partners with Ohef Sholom Temple in hosting safe, warm shelter for those who are homeless in Norfolk.
Each year, dozens of volunteers, aged 2 to 92, gather in the Ghent UMC Fellowship Hall to participate in international hunger relief efforts through a meal packaging event. Last year, we packaged 10,152 meals, which were sent to Rise Against Hunger’s in-country partner Muslim Aid in Somalia.

Children

“…children have the rights to food, shelter, clothing, health care, and emotional well-being as do adults, and these rights we affirm as theirs regardless of actions or inactions of their parents or guardians. In particular, children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional, and sexual exploitation and abuse.” ~excerpted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

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Environment

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.” ~excerpted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

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Pastor Melody Tanner, along with members of our congregation, engage in a neighborhood prayer walk through the Ghent area.