Englewood Helping Hand
Englewood Helping Hand is a community supported social services agency that distributes food and assists with utilities to Englewood residents. It is located on EUMC’s campus and we are one of several churches and groups that provide funds, food donations and volunteers. They are open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-2:30 for food distribution. To volunteer, call Lance Anderson at 941-474-5864.
United Methodist Men
The Englewood United Methodist Men (EUMM) offers members of the church and community an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to celebrate fellowship, stewardship and Christ in our lives.
We normally meet year-round on Monday mornings in Fellowship Hall for a full breakfast followed by a devotional message and an interesting program.
Currently, due to COVID restrictions, we are not serving breakfast and observing social distancing. Members are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. Our meetings begin at 8:00 am every Monday.
EUMM sponsors and participates in numerous programs and services to benefit the church and community. We are currently continuing our scholarship and other outreach programs but on a reduced scale.
Membership is open to any man in the community. Come join us.
United Methodist Women
Our Englewood United Methodist Women’s group is a supportive and enjoyable fellowship of women who support numerous local and global missions. Monthly Unit, and smaller Circle, meetings include enlightening, informative and entertaining programs, volunteering opportunities and a business meeting. Our two major fundraisers: The Christmas Craft Bazaar in November and the Colossal Rummage Sale each February, assist us in supporting our missions and providing scholarships to graduating high schools seniors. All women are welcomed. For the current EUMW contact person, please call the Church office at 941-474-5588.
Family Promise serves homeless families with compassion and dignity. The organization pools existing community resources and enriches the volunteers and local host congregations who participate.
Englewood United Methodist Church and it’s members serve as partners with Family Promise of South Sarasota County which is part of a nation wide network of over 203 affiliates that have touched the lives of over 750,000 homeless family members. Our goal is to help families help themselves by giving them tools and the support they need to work through this life crisis. Family Promise’s model is nationally recognized for its effectiveness and success with over 74% of participants obtaining self-sufficiency within 9 weeks due to intense case management and community support. 60% of those served are children, most under the age of 6.
Kairos Inside Program brings positive and negative leaders of a prison together for a 3 1/2 day weekend based on a series of presentations, discussions, chapel meditations, and music led by a same gender team of volunteers. Every aspect of the weekend is rich in listening and loving from the weekend volunteers and a Christian community will start to form. Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God centered perspective and a new desire to become productive citizens. EUMC Kairos ministry augments the Kairos Inside Program with special prison visits that include the 3 1/2 day “retreats” and half day reunions. Matt: 25:40 To Volunteer contact Joe Chirillo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Our Returning Neighbors (HORN)
Helping Our Returning Neighbors works to create opportunities for previously incarcerated men enter society through transitional housing, life skills and job training. The program begins while participants are still incarcerated. This is a new ministry to EUMC and God is working in an exciting way. To volunteer or support this ministry, contact Steve Kennedy at 941-809-2191.
Disaster Response Team
The recovery after a major hurricane or other disaster takes 5 years. Working through UMCOR (United Methodist of Relief) we send out small teams to help with the aftermath of a storm in other locations including clearing brush, rebuilding and repairing homes. These trips can be one day or several depending on the mission. Carpentry trade skills are not needed but can be useful. Men and women are welcome. A new leader is needed for this ministry. If interested, please contact the church office 941-474-5588.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Community Emergency Response Team for Charlotte county’s mission is to serve and safeguard our community through efficient and effective volunteer service, which helps protect life and property ensuring “the greatest good, for the greatest number.” EUMC has a group formed for Englewood and they welcome new members. Training will be provided. To volunteer contact Greg Sabo 941-830-9169.
Children, Youth & Family Outreach Ministries
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is one week out of the summer where EUMC hosts 100+ children from our community to learn about God, Jesus and salvation. It takes approximately 50 volunteers to make this exciting, fun filled week happen. Adults and youth, 6th grade and up are welcome to help. Child protection training is provided and all adults are back ground checked.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at EUMC every year, the Saturday before Easter. A fun family day that includes age appropriate egg hunts, crafts, games, rides, music, and treats for free. Another great way to serve our community and tell them about the saving grace of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. To volunteer, please contact the Children’s Ministry Director, Debbie Parascondola at 941-474-5588, ext. 257.
Free Easter Baskets for the Englewood Community
Free Easter Baskets for the Englewood Community are given out approximately 2 weeks before Easter to area families who need them. Hundreds of baskets are made and given out each year. You can support this ministry by donating money, Easter basket items, volunteering to make or distribute the baskets. To volunteer, please contact the Children’s Ministry Director, Debbie Parascondola at 941-474-5588, ext. 257.
Good News Club
Good New Club is a national organization that takes the Good News of Jesus into local elementary schools. EUMC leads a weekly GNC in two schools each year. There is a snack, music, a lesson, and small group time. A good percentage of these children do not attend a church. Excellent training is provided to volunteers. To be on our Good News Club team, contact Children’s Ministry Director, Debbie Parascondola at 941-474-5588, ext. 257.
Youth Outreach events happen throughout the year, including food drives for Englewood Helping Hand, volunteering at annual Rummage Sale, Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas dinner, weekly church dinners, and an annual Missions trip.
Feb 24-26, 2022
Thursday, Feb 24: Early Bird 3-6 pm, $5 entrance fee this day only.
Friday, Feb 25: 9am-3pm, free admission
Saturday, Feb 26: 9am-noon free admission.
Volunteers welcome all year, deadline to sign up is Feb. 7. To volunteer, call Annette at 941-882-4543 and leave a message.
Our Annual Colossal Rummage Sale has been part of our UMW and UMM fund raisers for over 30 years. All proceeds go to the community in the form of scholarships or to local organizations who help persons in need such as Meals-on-Wheels, Englewood Community Clinic and Habitat. Items are collected and sorted year round. It takes over 500 volunteers and a week in February every year to pull it off. If you would like to be a part of our army of volunteers who, sort, pack, move furniture, sell items, set up, clean up, etc. please call the church office and leave your name and number so we can connect you to the volunteer coordinator.
EUMC Concert Series
EUMC’s Christian Concert Series celebrates the talents of local and distant artists as well as our own church musicians and Sanctuary Choir during season.
Community Christmas Dinner
EUMC has served a free turkey dinner to the Englewood community on Christmas day for over 29 years. Dinners are served in Fellowship Hall and delivered to homes as requested. Specific information will be posted on the website in December.
Wednesday Night Dinners
Information Coming Soon!
EUMC Country Breakfasts
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