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The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church is a dynamic and involved church family. We have many ministry groups dedicated to developing fellowship, serving our community and serving God. Participation in our ministry groups are open to all. Scroll over the buttons below to read more about each ministry. If you need additional information please contact the church office.
Blue Bag Ministry
Our "Blue Bag" program is a food collection program for the Food Banks in the Blackstone Valley. We distribute blue bags for the collection of food to be donated. Blue Bags are collected during the service on the first Sunday of each month and may be placed in the large baskets in the ladies' parlor or near the entrance of Faith Hall. Donated food is distributed monthly to one of five area food pantries in Douglas, Mendon, Northbridge, Sutton and Uxbridge, Massachusetts. The following items are especially needed by our local food pantries at this time: cleaning products, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergent , sponges, snack foods/crackers, juice boxes, bottles of juice, canned pasta, beef stew, rice pilaf, canned fruit, Pop Tarts, cereal, oatmeal, condiments, syrup, pancake mix (complete)
Christmas Dinner Ministry
A traditional turkey dinner is prepared and served on Christmas Day. This is open to anyone in the community needing a hot meal or just some good company, and there is no charge. The dinner is served from 12:30 -
Feeding Our Flock Ministry
The Feeding Our Flock ministry supports our church members with meals and fellowship. It is a group that provides home cooked meals to members who could use a little help because of a recent surgery, a birth, a death or some other event that makes it difficult to find time to cook. The intent is to provide physical nourishment when needed but also to promote friendship, compassion and spiritual support to the members by sharing ourselves.
be an opportunity to share ideas, problems and solutions with one another.
Holiday Food Baskets
Every Thanksgiving members of our congregation create baskets containing ingredients for a full holiday dinner and provide them to needy families identified by the Northbridge Association of Churches. At Christmas, instead of food baskets, we provide toys and clothing for the children of these families.
The Methodist Stitchers is a group of women who sew and provide pinning, cutting and ironing services. We sew dresses for girls in sizes 4 to 14 and give them away, free of charge, through the local schools and Peace of Bread. We know that we are unable to change a family's financial situation, but we can put a smile on a girl's face...or a mom or grandma's face. The Methodist Stitchers operates on donations. We can always use fabric and notions. Zippers, buttons, patterns, socks, hair clips, bracelets, and cash are gratefully accepted. Volunteering with the Methodist Stitchers doesn't cost the volunteers money; instead, we ask for your time. We can help new sewers make a dress. We also have tasks that need to be done that don't require any sewing skill. If you prefer to sew at home, come get your supplies from us, We have several sewing machines that can be used at the church when we are meeting, or you can bring your own. We provide simple patterns, fabric, interfacing, and other notions as needed. You need not be a member of the Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church to participate in our ministry. We welcome sewers from any denomination. Join the merry band of Methodist Stitchers! Try it, you might like it!!
The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church music ministry team helps lead our worship services. Composed of vocalists and instrumentalists, the music ministry team integrates different styles of music into our worship experience.
It is the goal of the music ministry to bring the Holy Spirit into our sanctuary through music so that the entire congregation can be uplifted! We provide a blended service of traditional hymns and more contemporary music.
All are welcome to come and lift a joyful noise to our Lord!
Peace of Bread Community Kitchen
The Peace of Bread Community Kitchen serves free, nutritious dinners in an atmosphere of community fellowship. Volunteers from several community churches and organizations serve the dinners on a rotating basis. A free food pantry is also available on nights that dinner is served.
Blackstone Valley United Methodist Men
The purpose of the Blackstone Valley United Methodist Men (BVUMM) is to be a creative, supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ, to grow spiritually and to seek to do his will on a daily basis. When John Wesley began the Methodist Church, it was with the firm belief that we, as Christians, needed and benefitted from being "connected." And over the years, that belief has withstood the test of time. That's why United Methodists are referred to as "connectional."
The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Men is spearheaded by a group of men dedicated to keeping that "connection" strong by providing a forum for fellowship among the men of the church. We meet on a monthly basis in hopes of expanding our spiritual journeys while planning the overall direction of the BVUMM and are committed to energizing the group as a whole. The group represents a cross section of men in the church with members currently ranging in age from their 30's into their 70's. Membership is open to men of all ages and everyone's participation is welcome
Prayer Shawl and Blanket Ministry
As the group is fond of saying, "We knit, we crochet and we tie knots!" If you can do any of these things or wish to learn, join in the fun and prayer at the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Shawls are given as reminders of God's love in times of chaos and need but can also be given in appreciation of ministry, weddings, births and transitions.