Gather, Grow, Go
Why does the Church exist? According to Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (28:19-20). Based on this “Great Commission,” the United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”.
At Waldheim, we believe we have a direct responsibility for people around our church and the community in which we study, work, shop, play, and live. There are people with many hurts, doubts, and questions. There are some who are new in the community and feel a little lost, some who are proudly self-sufficient, and others who are in desperate circumstances. Our mission is to reach out to them, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, and invite them into the family of faith. Below is a list of outreaches we partner with to carry out our mission.
Methodist Children’s Home
Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home is a leading provider of behavioral health services in Louisiana. Since 1886, we have cared for thousands of Louisiana’s children and families.
More than 560 employees actively provide an array of ministries across Louisiana from home-based services to intensive residential care for children with severe emotional and behavioral needs who are unable to live at home even with community-based supports.
Our ministry is family-centered. We care for families and children of Louisiana from all races, religions, and economic backgrounds. We provide a broad continuum of services which includes intensive home-based services, out-patient counseling and intensive residential treatment services for children and families experiencing crises, emotional stress and relationship problems. Learn how you can help support this ministry to Louisiana’s vulnerable children and families.
Sun Food Bank
We partner with Sun United Methodist Church to help provide food and clothing for those in the Covington, Abita Springs, Waldheim, Sun, and Bogalusa area. If you are interested in assisting this ministry or donating food/money contact Fran Thigpen at 985-892-3762.
Fairhaven Children’s Home
Fair Haven is a private, non-profit, family owned ministry started and run by Johnny and Sissie Huffman. There are currently 14 children between the ages of 2 and 16 living at the home. The home provides a safe, nurturing environment for kids who have been abandoned, abused, and forgotten.
In addition to their ministry to students, the Huffman’s and the have a vital relationship with a group in Romania. Multiple times a year the home sends a container full of toys, clothing, and medical supplies to Romania.
If you would be interested in volunteering or would like more information concerning the home, please call (985) 892-1134 and ask for Johnny or Sissie.
Family Promise of St. Tammany
Family Promise iis a faith based community response to the issue of homeless families with children sometimes known as “invisible homeless. Waldheim houses these families at I week intervals 3 to 4 times a years. It takes a lot of volunteers to pull this off, but what an amazing way to reach out within our own four walls. If you would like to help please contact us.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you crochet or knit? Are you interested in prayerfully and lovingly creating shawls to be distributed to those of our community of faith who are experiencing loss or crisis? If so, contact us.
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (KPMI) is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth and, their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world. KPMI sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room’s Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ’s call to action in Matthew 25:36.
If you would like more information on how to get involved click on the link here.