First United Methodist Church of Bradenton

Missions and Outreach

Missions In Our Community

~ Amber Anderson’s Street Ministry – gifts for the women that work on the streets.  And gifts for their children at Christmas.

~ Anchor House/Sea Farer’s Ministry – Reaching out to workers aboard incoming ships docked at Port Manatee and long distance truck drivers delivering goods and supplies.

~ Ballard Elementary School – Partnership.  Providing food, beds, lice treatment and more for kids.

 ~ Beds for Kids Ministry – First supplies child size beds, complete with mattress and linens, to those in need in our community.

~ Church’s Discretionary Fund — Money donated (at the Communion altar) and used by the church for emergency financial needs for members and others.

~ Drug Recovery Program – “High On Jesus” at First Church. Breaking the cycle of addiction.

~ First For Kids — Church’s preschool/daycare program.

~ Florida United Methodist Children’s Home – Fifth Sundays, we take a special offering to help with the support of children that live there.  Located in Enterprise, Fl.

~ The Food Bank of Manatee — Financial support and food donation.

~ Hope Family Services, Inc. — Assistance to domestic violence survivors.

~ Learn to Fish – Resident Home for women and children who have been traumatized by abuse, sex trafficking and other crimes.

~ Loving Hands Ministries – Christ centered residential program for young men who have had life-controlling addictions.

~ Manatee Religious Services — Annual support to assist the clearing house that helps local families needing financial assistance.

~ Meals On Wheels – Financial support to help with meals delivered to shut-in’s.

~ Neighborhood Outreach – Reaching out to neighborhood families through Easter Party, Fall Festival and movie nights.

~ Our Daily Bread — Providing for daily nutritional needs of the poor and needy in our community. Our members also contribute pocket change to the Penny Pot each week as financial aid.

~ Solve Maternity Homes — Residences available to unwed mothers in crisis situations.

~ Turning Points — A place where the homeless can receive assistance with basic survival needs.

~ Volunteers of America – financial support to assist veterans, seniors, and mentally challenged with low-income housing and training to help assimilate into society.

Missions Beyond Our Community

~ Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse — Shoe boxes filled and distributed to needy children around the world at Christmas time.

~ Foundation of Haitian Rehabilitation –  Helping to make homes wheelchair accessible and to provide therapy for disabled men, women and children.

~ His Love in Action, Ministries, Inc. – financial aid to deaf and disabled in Honduras.

~ Missionary Support in Nepal, Zambia, Kenya and Nairobi.

~ On Eagles’ Wings –  Help and healing to women selling themselves to feed their family. Teaching new skills and paying for children to go to school.

 ~ Rise Against Hunger – packaging 10,152 meals for the hungry around the world.

~  UMCOR — Donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief following disasters around the world.

Get Involved

Would you like more information on our  missions and outreach activities?  There are plenty of opportunities for giving and volunteering.  Please watch for notices in our bulletins and newsletters. Or contact our mission leader, Darrol Thompson.                     

Annual Apportionment’s given through Florida Conference is used for:

  • Clergy Support
  • Conference Benevolences
  • Conference Service and Administration
  • World Service
  • General Administration
  • Episcopal Fund
  • Interdenominational Coop
  • Ministerial Education
  • Black College
  • Africa University
  • Jurisdictional Admin Fund
  • Imagine No Malaria
  • District Work Fund
  • New Church Development Fund