Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church
Mill Creek ParishUnited Methodist Church

Local Shelters

                 Interfaith Works Community Based Shelter
                                    (The Women’s Shelter)
 

We are called to service to act on our faith and the love Jesus has shown us.
 
The Community Based Shelter (CBS) in Rockville provides a safe haven for women who have come to a very difficult place in their lives for many complicated reasons.  As a transition facility, the shelter serves 30-35 homeless women on any given night during the year.  While acting as a safety net, the program also directs the women to programs, counseling and classes that will move their lives forward, away from the negative issues that brought them to this point and into a life where they may, one day, thrive.
 
For more than 25 years Mill Creek Parish has actively supported the Interfaith Works Community Based Shelter.  Members of our congregation were involved from the beginning, at the time when women were actually sheltered in the church building because there was no other facility for them.
 
The shelter is wholly supported by approximately 60 congregations in Montgomery County each providing three meals a day to the residents one week at a time.  In the summertime at Mill Creek Parish we generally have 40-45 volunteers providing meals and supplies for the women at the Shelter.  Breakfast is generally cereals, fruit and coffee or juice.  Lunch is a fairly typical brown-bag meal of sandwich, snack and a drink.  Dinner is prepared and served by members of our Church and consists of a wide variety of meals with side dishes ranging from a hot dog and hamburger cookout to tacos, casseroles, and lasagna etc., served at the shelter.
 
Everyone who participates in this ministry has found it richly rewarding, fulfilling an essential, basic need for members of our community.

For more information you can contact our church office at 301-926-9024.  For information on Interfaith Works Community Based Shelter go to http://www.iworksmc.org

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless  (MCCH)
(Men’s Shelter)


MONTHLY LUNCHES

Approximately eight years ago, a member of Mill Creek Parish initiated an outreach project to provide brown-bag lunches once a month for the residents of the men’s shelter on Gude Drive.  The mission quickly took root in Mill Creek Parish.  It was decided that the lunches would be made on the first Sunday of the month to coincide with Communion.  Our former pastor, Rev Richard Andrews, wanted to reinforce the connection and suggested we make the lunches in the Sanctuary following the Sunday service.  Everyone was invited to join in the project and, to this day, the work has included preschool age children, middle school and high school youth, adults, right up to many of our elders.

When we started this community outreach project, the summer population of the shelter was limited to 60 men.  In the wintertime their maximum capacity was 150 men (a limit they often exceeded).  Because of the increased need in the community over the last 3-4years, they’ve opened more beds for men in the warmer months.  In addition, the winter capacity has been increased to 200 beginning on November 1st every year.
 
Providing the lunches costs approximately $250 - $325 each month and is supported by the generosity of the congregation.
 

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS

What started as a family activity has grown to a wider circle to include friends, neighbors, and the MCP congregation providing brunch on Thanksgiving Day and dinner on Christmas Day.  The children in our family and those of friends have helped serve these meals since they were barely 5 years old. It’s now an important part of their holidays and they very much look forward to it.  

The many volunteers from MCP prepare mountains of food for these meals and often want to help serve the meal at the shelter. The food service space at the shelter is very limited and they only allow 8 or 9 people in to serve, so at times we’ve had to decline some offers to serve, unfortunately.

In the past, our family and friends put together small gift bags for the men at Christmas time.  In the last 3-4 years, other families at MCP have taken up this task and done an incredible job of pulling this together.  We put the gift bags together in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday service, just before Christmas, and everyone (usually 25-35 adults and children) helps to fill gift bags with gloves, hats, toiletries, sweatshirts, socks, and dental hygiene kits—whatever we’ve been able to purchase or get donated.  The gift bags are handed out to the men at the Shelter after we’ve served their Christmas dinner.
 
For more information you can contact our church office at 301-926-9024.  For information on Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless go to http://www.mcch.net

Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church
7101 Horizon Terrace, Rockville, Maryland 20855
Phone:  301-926-9024
Church Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9am-1:00pm
Sunday Worship Service:  9:30am

“Our vision is to help youth gain knowledge and Understanding of Christ, who Christ is, what he can do in their lives, and to help them experience Christ in a personal way.  Our mission is empowering youth to be Disciples of Christ, through worship, community, leadership, service, fellowship, teaching, and the sharing of their talents, in a safe and welcoming environment."

Sunday School-  Sunday Mornings 9:30-10:30AM

 

Youth Group- Sunday Evenings 6-8PM

 

The Gathering (worship and Dinner)- 1st Sundays of the month 6-8pm) 

 

Outings/Service Projects- Times vary

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