Ministries of the church
Jesus is our example. He came to serve, heal, and minister to all people. Although some ministries of the church are readily visible, other ministries serve quietly in the background. Members of United Methodist Church of Livonia have big hearts and lovingly reach out into the community and beyond.
Serving the Local Community
Thrift Shop, 6 Spring Street (the old Methodist Church building).
Located at the old Methodist Church building on Spring Street, the Thrift Shop fills both floors with used clothing, household items, furniture, and much more. Donated items are sorted, organized, and very reasonably priced. Serving the community as a place that accepts usable items, the Thrift Shop contributes much more by helping families in need and donating a portion of their proceeds to worthy community agencies.
Donations are accepted any time the Thrift Shop is open. Most items are accepted, however, if you have a question, see one of the people at the Thrift Shop.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 9AM to 4PM and Saturday 9 AM to 2 PM
WYSL 1040 (Avon) broadcasts our church service every Sunday, 8 to 8:30 AM. The service includes music, scripture, and the message. The broadcast service was taped the previous Sunday.
Serve Through Hands on Opportunities:
Operation Christmas Child is an outreach ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. During the fall each year UMCL collects and packs Christmas wrapped shoe boxes with gender and age specific items, such as fun toys and stuffed animals, hygiene items and school supplies. Shoe boxes are for children ages 2 through 14, sent all over the world, and often are the only gift a child will ever receive. Over the years our church members, study groups, children, and youth groups have collected, packed, and donated hundreds of shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child.
2017 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes report: United Methodist Church of Livonia collected 100 shoe boxes. Finger Lakes West (Wayne, Monroe, Livingston, and Ontario County collection totaled 19,233 shoe boxes. Locally shoe boxes go to a church in Webster, are loaded into a tractor trailer, and head to Maryland to a distribution center where they are put in large boxes, into crates and onto pallets. Shoe boxes collected in the Rochester area (2017) are part of a total of 43,000 shoe boxes that were distributed in Ukrane.
School Backpack Project. Every year some of the children in our community would start school without a backpack and necessary school supplies, such as paper, pens, pencils, notebooks, and other things required by the school. Through the generous gifts of money and school supplies from our members, backpacks are assembled by grade level to give to children in need at Livonia Central School so that they can start school right.
Toys for Tots. As a part of this community wide program, UMCL members generously purchase and donate many new (unwrapped) toys selected for a specific (gender and age) needy child in the community. Fellowship Hall at UMCL is used as the location for the monumental task of wrapping and organizing these gifts to be delivered before Christmas.
Flower City Work Camp Each year students and adults from more than 50 churches in the Rochester area serve by improving homes, help with teen basketball and soccer camps, and with younger children in neighborhood Sidewalk Clubs to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to some of the neediest areas. Several adults and a number of youth from UMCL give of their time each spring to help coordinate, supervise, and work during the week of Flower City Work Camp.
Short-term and long-term mission experiences In addition to mission experiences, some available through the United Methodist Church, each of our small groups has a particular mission project. Some of these projects benefit our local area, others reach beyond our community into remote areas overseas, and may even include sponsoring a child overseas. The projects are as varied as these groups. Church members have also participated in short term missions to needy areas overseas and in Central America.
Radical hospitality is one of the marks of a servant Christian life. That includes our church building, too. At UMCL we see our building as a ministry tool. To that end, we play host to a number of organizations, events and gatherings throughout the year.
Groups that regularly use the UMCL building include AA, MOPS, Livonia Rotary, Red Cross (blood drives), and Zumba.
- AA Meetings – Sunday 8 PM, Monday/Tuesday 7:30 PM. Women’s AA Wednesday 8 PM
- MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 9:15 – 11:15 AM
Join us for a meal:
Spaghetti Dinner – It seems like the entire community gathers for this dinner. It is a great time to meet and share a meal with community friends you might not see very often.
2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Adults $6.00 with meat sauce, $7.00 with sauce and large meat ball
Annual Turkey Dinner. Meet your family and friends at church and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert.
Save the date: Late September 2018