Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is active in the community and the world. At PHUMC one of our core values is COMMITMENT TO MISSIONS. We show this in many ways, one way is to partner with many community missions as we continue to seek ways to be the hands and feet of Christ.
The following local missions and mission organizations are supported by PHUMC.
FEAST Food Pantry
The FEAST Food Pantry began in 1989 and has served North Pinellas County for over 30 years. FEAST was started by Palm Harbor United Methodist Church and has grown over the years to help families in need. Each week they supply food and personal care items to food insecure families in our community.
No child should go hungry. Pinellas County Schools provides free breakfast and lunch, but what about the weekends? We have partnered with two Pinellas County Schools, Sandy Lane Elementary School and Calvin Hunsinger School to provide sacks of food for students to help sustain them through the weekend.
Metropolitan Ministries of Pasco
Metropolitan Ministries of Pasco provides compassion, support, assistance, and most of all, hope to those in need in our northern communities. Each year, they serve thousands of people through their holiday food and toy distribution. Through the residential program, they provide many services to help individuals and families including education, counseling, financial planning, and employment training.
The feeding the homeless ministry of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church has expanded its service to our community and has become a non-profit organization called Giving Hope. Giving Hope is passionate about providing meals and personal items to the homeless. They also are passionate about sharing the Gospel with those they serve.
Bridging Freedom is an organization whose mission is to combat domestic minor sex-trafficking by bringing restoration to those rescued and victim prevention to those they reach with their message. Their therapeutic safe home provides a place for healing and restoration for the young girls who are rescued.
The following regional mission organizations are supported by PHUMC.
We work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Pinellas County Emergency Management to respond to the needs brought on by natural disasters and other tragedies.
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
The United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida, provides a safe, loving, nurturing environment for children who are in need of a home. The mission of the Children’s Home is empowering children and families to experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ through holistic care. This is provided through residential programs, foster care, spiritual development and educational programs.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The Kairos prison ministry is about bringing the love of Jesus Christ to prisoners and their families. The Kairos Weekend is a program that consists of carefully structured talks, meditations, and individual and group activities led by same-gender volunteers. It is an invitation to live in a personal relationship with the living Christ. Kairos volunteers continue to support graduates with weekly and monthly meetings. Kairos Outside offers support to the family members of those who are incarcerated.
The following global mission organizations and missionaries are supported by PHUMC.
Operation Christmas Child
Every year, Operation Christmas Child delivers millions of shoebox gifts to children around the world. Shining the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children affected by war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster, shoebox gifts are fueled by the power of prayer, bringing Good News and Great Joy to the ends of the earth! People are asked to fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, etc. that will be sent to needy children in more than 150 countries.
Sister Church in Cuba
In 2018, we entered into a covenant relationship with Union de Reyes through Methodists United in Prayer (MUIP). We support our sister church through our relationships, prayers, and financial support. We send teams to work alongside the pastor and the church, united by the love of Jesus Christ.
In the Great Commission, Jesus said “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19). We encourage and support those who have felt called to be missionaries. Currently, we support two missionaries, Jonathan McCurley in Japan and Amy Sticha in North Africa.