New Ministry ~ J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth)
led by Roger Marra
Our ministry here at Gay Street is one of connection -- one of reaching out --- one of fellowship --- so in that context -- it appears that a new ministry may have been birthed with the start of J.O.Y. -- Just Older Youth!!! This group is open to a wide age range of "older youth" --- from 20's to 90's!!! We have traveled to: Ye Olde Mill & Legend Hills Orchard in Utica, Longaberger Village outside Newark, The Annin Flag Company in Roscoe Village, Coshocton, Nashville, Ohio to see Christmas lights and the Nashville UM Church, The Carousel in Mansfield, Ohio, The Franklin Park Conservatory, and to area restaurants. Contact the church at 392-6626 or Roger Marra at 392-5412
A class for new members is held twice a year. The purpose of the class is to learn about Methodism, the United Methodist Church, what we believe, what we stand for, what it means to be a member of the United Methodist Church, discerning our spiritual gifts, and determining how to use your gifts at Gay Street United Methodist Church. Contact Jan Talbott at (392.6626) for information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
More then 300 shawls have now been made, prayed over, consecrated and delivered. We are grateful for the hands that prayerfully make these and for hearts filled with prayers for those who will receive them. This ministry was introduced to us by Mary Kepple and continues to grow. This outreach is so great that we are faced with the good issue of not having any left from month to month.
If you have been "needled" with the urge to do something with your hands and heart, then "hook" up with us! We will help you find the right needles for knitting or the proper hook for crocheting. If you already know how to do these arts and are willing to help us, please contact us for suggested patterns. We can also supply you with yarn if you need that to get started. For those of you that are shut in and want to participate, by contacting us, we will be able to deliver the yarn to your door and pick up the shawl when completed.
Want to learn how? Join our casual prayer shawl group that sits in the Red Parlor each Sunday morning between 9:40 and 10:30. Mary Kepple and others help to lead beginners. It’s a great time for male and female alike to put our hands into outreach action for all those needing God and our prayers. Don’t hesitate to join us (even if you find yourself to be "all thumbs"). Come join us!
Contributions: Gay Street United Methodist Church memo: Prayer Shawls
Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal & Bible Studies
On Wednesdays, we find a gathering place around food, at 5:45 p.m. This supper follows our children’s choir practices. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come for supper, for just a $3 per-person donation. It is truly an intergenerational time, with infants to great-grandparents sharing conversation over the dinner table, with great food cooked by our Kitchen Manager and supper attendees who volunteer their help. Supper is offered each Wednesday when children’s choirs practice. We encourage you to come, visit, and get to know your church family! Cook’s helpers, as well as clean-up helpers, are always needed. You may contact Mary Cline (740.505.0635) or just come Wednesday evening – beginning September 10.
ISS Food Sunday
The first Sunday of the month is Interchurch Social Services Food Sunday. Items may be put into the boxes at the Chapel entrance and in the hallway outside the upstairs parlor. They are then taken to the Interchurch Social Services food pantry.
Congregational Care Team
This group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month to consciously review the needs of our church family. Prayer, visits, notes, and phone calls are all tools that this team uses when people need Christian care at various times in their lives. This group also helps us keep track of attendance at Sunday morning worship. Roger Marra can give you more information (392.5412).
Volunteers share as we provide a place and food for families to gather after a memorial service. Families who have lost loved ones live across the country (and world) and when they come to the church for a service remembering the life of a loved one, they are seeking a place to gather and receive healing hospitality. Agape Patria participants cook, set tables, serve, and clean up. If you would like to be on call for this essential ministry of our church, please call the church at 740.392-6626..
Church World Service is an organization of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations who are committed to bringing hope, sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance to more than 80 countries. The United Methodist Church is a member of this ecumenical family that puts Christ’s love into action. CROP Walks helped raise more than $26,000,000 last year.
This is a team that cooks, welcomes, talks with and feeds persons and families who cannot make their food money stretch for the whole month. We serve Hot Meals on Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. This hands-on ministry gives us the opportunity for hospitality that builds relationships with people we don’t know, and also provides a helping hand.