SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS – We provide opportunities within for short term mission trips generally 1 to 3 days for those who want to volunteer a little closer to home or cannot take extended periods of time away from school or work.
Camp Otterbein Maintenance – Camp Otterbein is a West Ohio Conference sponsored camp that is home to our youth for their summer camping experience. Being only an hour from Columbus and Grove City, it is an ideal place for retreats and workshops. There are no skills required for this mission and is a great family experience in giving back. Adults and children 12 and up are welcome. Children under 12 are welcome with parental participation and supervision. Minor maintenance such as painting, cleaning, clearing brush and power washing are a large part of the needs. There are some larger building or maintenance requirements too, so all skill levels are welcome. Sign up information will be posted in the weekly update and on tables in the Great Hall.Please contact David Walters at 614/419-1602 or email@example.com for more information.
Good Works (Appalachian ministry opportunities) – A one day mission experience to the Good Works facility in Athens, Ohio. Adults and youth 12 and above are welcome. There are a large variety of projects available from lawn mowing and weeding to painting to building a shed or repairing a deck. All skill levels are welcome as this mission is just as much about ministering to the clients and simply listening empathetically to their stories as it is completing a project for them. Notices will be posted in the weekly update to sign up on the Missions Bulletin Board in the café.Contact person is Dave Baker 614/871-2664 & email of firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL OR FOREIGN MISSION OPPORTUNITIES – Periodically, the Missions Task Force may sponsor a longer-term mission opportunity. Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and The United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM), these trips may be national or international. Teams generally for 6 – 10 months prior to trip and meet periodically in preparation for their service and for training. Team members pay for their own portion of the transportation, food and accommodations. The church and the Missions Task Force provide for the management fees and material costs associated with the work that will be done. This is a great opportunity for youth as well as adults to investigate missions and to see how fortunate we are to have what we do while helping those in need of our assistance. Please contact Pastor Lizzy, LizzyO@gcumc.org. for more information.
Operation Christmas Child – In partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, the church will provide boxes for families and individuals to fill with special items—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. The boxes are collected and distributed to children in over 100 countries. For more information, contact Darrell Saunders at 614-214-6299 or at email@example.com.
Additional Opportunities – At certain times during the year or as needs are identified, the Missions Task Force may sponsor additional projects to assist in recovery from natural disasters and UMCOR initiatives. Please contact Pastor Lizzy, LizzyO@gcumc.org for more information.