The United Methodist General Conference has declared that "The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." John Wesley, the founder of Methodism envisioned the world as it someday shall be, one without pain or sickness, a world in union with God and in constant communion with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. The church bishops of this time believed that disciples should do the work needed to help transform the world into this new creation.
Today our world is in need. When storms come and cause harm, disrupting the lives of people like you and me, it is our duty to answer the call to this need with help. Our mission teams go to those parts of the world that need help to be restored. The United Methodist Church helps around that globe with a vision of transforming and strengthening people and communities; and a mission of alleviating human suffering and advancing hope and healing.
At Courthouse Community UMC our church mission teams travel to hurricane and flood ravaged areas of our country to help communities rebuild homes and to bring compassion and hope to those affected by these disasters. In the past teams have traveled to Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Alabama. In August of 2013 the team traveled to Brooklyn, New York to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
The teams are comprised of both those skilled in home repair as well as those who may have never lifted a hammer, but all with a desire to help someone else. Over the period of several days the teams work to help restore homes and give hope to the residents of these storm ravaged communities. Upon return team members often express spiritual changes as a result of their experience. Many have a renewed appreciation for what is really important in life, and may have a few new building skills they didn't have before.
We also organize and participate in local mission efforts, from repairing homes in low-income neighborhoods to setting up cabins for a local children's summer camp to hosting a Stop Hunger Now event. At CCUMC, we are always looking for new mission opportunities!