Main Street UMC services’ branch out to needy

The Main Street United Methodist Church in Mansfield aims to help the surrounding area through a variety of services for those in need.

The church holds a free community meal the third Tuesday of every month.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with a chapel service led by Dr. De Wayne Smith the pastor of the United Methodist Church, followed by a free meal. This is part of an on-going service at the church, which has began 18 years ago.

In addition to their community meal service, Main Street UMC offers area residents additional food options.

“We began a Food Pantry a few years ago that is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month,” said Main Street UMC Treasurer Ed Stockwell.

It only leaves the last week of each month without a community meal stated Stockwell.

The church also provides worship services to those who cannot attend regualr Sunday services.

“Every third Sunday a small group goes to the Memorial Homes Nursing Facility in Mansfield to hold a short worship service for those who are house bound,” said Stockwell. “We also have a Stephen’s Minister group that does one on one ministry to those who are undergoing a life crisis. The individuals who do this ministry participate in a concentrated training regimen before being a full member and performing this outreach.”

Main Street UMC also helps the less fortunate in the area by participating in a bedding program in association with Love Inc. in Mansfield.

“When persons contact Love we are notified of the need and the details of what type of bedding the family is looking for. Within a few weeks those families are provided with gently used, clean bedding for free,” said Stockwell.

The church was also involved in starting Blue Rose Mission, which hosts groups to come to Mansfield that provide home improvement services for those who cannot do home repairs.

Main Street UMC’s Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with worship at 10 a.m. The church is located at 230 South Main Street in Mansfield.