Missions

Heritage is a community with a heart for bringing God’s love and hope to a hurting world.  One of the ways we do this is through our partnerships with many local and global organizations through financial, material, labor, and spiritual support.  On the following pages, you’ll find information on our Missions Partners.  Additionally, we host several in-house ministries.  Our Street Ministry teams cook and serve hot meals every first and third Tuesday to homeless men and women at Pinellas Safe Harbor.  Our Spaghetti Ministry team cooks and serves a wonderful meal once a month to raise support to send 60 underprivileged children to camp.  Our Pack-A-Sack Ministry team packs meals for the weekend for local chronically hungry students.

 

Our Missions are supported primarily through yearly Faith Promise commitments.  Faith Promise is a commitment to God that when He provides, it will be given to his glory.  Additional missions funding is provided through Spaghetti Ministry love offerings, Koins for Kids 4th Sunday offerings, Christmas Is Not Your Birthday Catalog, and church tithes.

 

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Street Ministry

On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, Heritage volunteers cook a hot meal for, serve the food to, pray with, and provide a short worship service for the 350-450 homeless people at Pinellas Safe Harbor. The love of Christ pours forth from our volunteers to those who are in need. Buses leave the Heritage parking lot at 5:30pm. Volunteers are needed to shop, cook, serve, and love.

 

Spaghetti Ministry

Once a month a large team of Heritage volunteers shop, cook, and serve a delicious meal to 250-300 people in our Fellowship Hall. Afterwards, a special program is available in the Sanctuary. Love offerings support this ministry which sends sixty underprivileged children to Christian camp every summer. This Christ-centered experience gives each child a safe week away from the turmoil of what is happening at home. While at camp, the children experience God’s unconditional love and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Volunteers are needed once a month to shop, cook, and serve. In the summer, volunteers are needed to help assemble camp bags and ride the buses to deliver the children to and from camp.

 

Pack-A-Sack Ministry

Did you know that 1 in 4 children in Florida are considered food insecure? Pack-a-Sack is a program is a program designed to address the problem of chronic hunger and food insecurity in children attending public elementary schools. Heritage sponsors a local elementary school during the school year to provide these children with twelve healthy snacks to be taken home over the weekend.  Volunteers are needed to shop for and pack the sacks.

 

UMCM Suncoast

UMCM Suncoast, an outreach ministry of the United Methodist Church, seeks to alleviate the symptoms and address the causes of poverty through service, education and advocacy, thereby making the love of Christ visible and tangible.  To alleviate the symptoms of poverty, we provide food and shelter through our Doug Brown Street Ministry, Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids Program, and Family Support Services.  To address the causes of poverty, we provide education for those who wish to achieve success for themselves and their families through our Children of the World Preschool, Quality Centers for Early Learning, Families Learning Together Literacy programs, and Suncoast Citizenship Project.

 

Union Street UMC, Clearwater, FL

Union Street UMC is home to two missions: the Luz de Esperanza Mission and the Micronesian Mission.  Both of these missions have brought immense richness and opportunities to Union Street to offer international like mission opportunities while still being on local soil.  Union Street UMC also hosts the Clearwater site of Justice For Our Neighbors, the UMC immigration legal aid program.

 

4Kids WCF

4Kids equips the Christian community to care for children in the foster care system, so that when children are removed from their homes due to parental neglect, abuse or exploitation, the local agency can quickly place them with a Christ-centered foster family.  4Kids vision is a home for every child in crisis.  When children are removed from their families, 4Kids is there with helping hands and loving hearts.  4Kids offers training and licensing for fostering children.  Additionally, 4Kids offers training and licensing for tutoring and the Safe Homes program.

 

Good Samaritan Missions, Wimauma, FL

Good Samaritan Missions has long been a shining light to the migrant farmworkers of the Tampa Bay area.  As the needs of this population have changed, so have the services of GSM changed to meet these needs.  Recently, GSM began offering unique adult educational opportunity in order for personal, social, and economic growth.  Through these classes, participants earn coins to shop in the GSM pantry.

 

CCO, Safety Harbor, FL

CCO’s primary function is to exhibit the love of the Lord Jesus Christ through operation of the Safety Harbor Neighborhood Food Pantry. CCO helps provide food and financial assistance for all those in East Clearwater, Safety Harbor, and Oldsmar that find themselves in unexpected crises that leave them unable to deal with everyday living expenses. The pantry is open Monday and Friday afternoons, 12:30-3:00 p.m. and is currently serving 350 to 400 families on monthly basis.

 

Clothes To Kids

The mission of Clothes To Kids is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge. Clothes To Kids envisions a community in which every school-age child has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.

 

New Life Solutions

New Life Solutions is a Christian ministry whose mission is to glorify God by defending the sanctity of human life. They do this by presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in word and deed, to women in pregnancy-related crisis, and by offering alternatives to abortion. They provide for spiritual, physical, and emotional needs, and introduce God’s healing Word to lives traumatized by abortion and sexual immorality.  This ministry includes: The Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County (three locations), Passages Post-Abortion Bible Study Support Group, More2Life Youth Development Program, Breath of Life Women’s Health and Birth Center and Shepherd’s Village.

 

Kairos of Central Gulf Florida

The mission of Kairos Inc. is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.  Kairos is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose programs are designed to be presented in state and federal men’s and women’s correctional institutions in the U.S. with adaptations for other countries and languages.  The ministry is conducted with the chaplains of correctional institutions by teams of laity and clergy who are selected, trained and certified by area governing bodies of Kairos and approved by correctional institutions as citizen volunteers.  The primary objective of the three day short course is to prepare selected residents for life in an ongoing Christian community.  Kairos of Central Gulf Florida serves at the Hernando Women’s Correctional Institute and Zephyrhills Correction Institute.

 

FL UM Children’s Home

On the fifth Sunday of the month, we take up a special offering for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.  Since 1908, the FL UM Children’s Home has been serving the children of Florida who are destitute, fatherless, and motherless.  Their vision is to be a place where, “children are safe and loved; where youth are given the opportunity to be healthy, self-sufficient adults; where families become strong; and where every person is treated as a unique creation of God.”

Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), Coalmont, Tennessee

Mountain T.O.P. is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian ministry seeking to alleviate rural poverty in eight counties in the state of Tennessee. They offer minor and major home repairs and children’s programs for families with little-to-no income. They thrive on a philosophy of partnership which empowers and encourages families to take part in the projects in whatever way feasible. Mountain T.O.P. exists to meet four needs of the family—social, emotional, spiritual and physical. Mountain T.O.P. offers several exciting programs for individuals to participate in. Spring Breakout is a program for High School Students and College Students to serve the Lord during their Spring Break week. AIM (Adults in Ministry) Weeks and Weekends offer the chance for Major Home Repair, as well as programs aimed towards teens (Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope, & Quest).

 

Change This World

Change This World provides meals to children and families in developing countries as a tool to bring hope and change lives. The goal is to reach young people before they need to be rescued—providing them with education, training, and an opportunity to break the cycle of hopelessness and poverty. Each meal delivers the ingredients needed to sustain life, and by partnering with strategic organizations the food also opens doors for education, practical training, the ability to plan for the future, and the strength to see it realized. These meals equal hope for communities around the corner and around the world.

 

Victorious Heritage Church, Cuba

Sister Church Missionaries: Pastor Rebeca & Edgar

Victorious Heritage Church, located in Dubrock, Cuba, is our Cuban sister church through the Methodist Conferences. Pastor Rebeca and an active lay leadership team ministes to the surrounding neighborhood. They have recently begun evangelism at some of the Mantanzas city parks, seeking to bring people to Christ by performing, singing, and dancing using Caribbean liturgy.

 

New Life Center Zambia, Zambia

Missionary: Pastor Charles Mulemena

Missionaries: Rev. Delbert & Sandy Groves
The ministry of the New Life Center Zambia includes health education, P.E.T. bikes for transportation, learning and computer labs, English education, instruction in new church construction, and other training ministries.  Their current focus is on church leadership and spiritual growth training.

 

Radical Life Ministries, Costa Rica

Missionaries: David and Pamela Knapp

The Radical Life Church (Iglesia Radical) is a church planted by David and Pamela, in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (Pacific coast side).  Being a very young church, they are currently discipling and training new church leaders. One of the main areas of outreach for them is a squatters’ village in a river bed inhabited primarily by Nicaraguan refugees. An area of ministry where we can be very useful to them is helping with their all-day, Christ-centered, before and after school tutoring program for 70 children.  Another area is in doing construction as needed for their growing church. The blessings come as we work with and build relationships with the wonderful people of this area.  As we do, they come to see Jesus through us and come to see what Iglesia Radical is all about!

 

Forefront Mission, India

Missionary: Pastor Dinesh and Rachel Chand

Dinesh Chand was brought up in an orthodox Hindu family in North India and was 22 years old when he heard the name of Jesus for the first time from an American tourist. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and, after completing Bible College, entered the ministry. He met Rachel, an American short-term missionary in India, who became his wife. The Lord called them to return to Dinesh’s home state of Himachal Pradesh—the least evangelized state in India. Their organization, Forefront Mission, has as its vision to plant churches by raising up indigenous pastors and leaders in one of the most unreached areas of the world. Since 1998 over 70 churches have been planted and more than 10,000 people have come to Christ!

 

SEPAL (Serving Pastors and Leaders), Brazil

Missionary: Daniel Schimenes

Our mission team travels to the fishing village of Ariri, located a few miles off the coast of Brazil, 75 miles SE of Sao Paulo.  Ariri is isolated and its population consists of impoverished families who have lived there all their lives.  They support themselves with fishing. While in Ariri, we help continue the construction of a multipurpose building to be used as a church, a community center, a medical clinic, and a vocational training center.  We also are able to touch lives through a Children’s VBS and a Women’s Ministry. In all these instances, we are able to share the story of the Good News of Christ.

 

ICDM (International Christian Develop Mission), Haiti

Missionary: Rev. Yvan Pierre
ICDM trains and equips women and men to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Haiti.  Through the School of Evangelism and their Portable Bible School, they have trained over 3,800 pastors and Christian leaders.  In their Christian-based elementary school they educate and care for over 600 children and their families located in Bayonnais, Gonaives.

 

S.E.A.R. (South East Asian Relief), Vietnam & St. Petersburg, FL

Missionary: Rex Almquist

S.E.A.R. ministers to street child and teens by helping with job skills, education, and medical needs.  The children are led to meet others that are Christians so the Word can be spread to them.  S.E.A.R. also works with immigrant families in the St. Petersburg area.

 

Unnamed Missionaries, Vietnam

Through prayer and financial gifts, Heritage supports these missionaries who are bringing The Word to a hostile area of the world.  Specifically they work with the Tai Dam people of Vietnam, a people largely unreached by the Good News of Jesus Christ.

It’s Called Eating for a Cause!

Once a month from September to May, a large team of volunteers shops, cooks, and serves a delicious meal of spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert to 200+ people in our Fellowship Hall.  Often times the meals are followed by a special program in the Sanctuary.

 

Love offerings support this ministry which sends sixty underprivileged children to Christian summer camp.  This Christ-centered experience gives each child a safe week away from the turmoil of what is happening at home.  While at camp, the children experience God’s unconditional love and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

 

Spaghetti Ministry doesn’t just sponsor the children’s camp financially.  We sponsor their whole experience.  Each child is provided with a Camp Bag of donated items that includes: a sleeping bag, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, insect repellent wipes, full size towel, washcloth, spiral notebook, and Bible.  Please consider sponsoring a child’s life in Christ by donating items for the Camp Bags.

 

How can you be a part of this amazing ministry?

  • Pray!  Pray for these children and their Summer Camp experience with Jesus.
  • It takes an army to put on our Spaghetti Dinners.  We need volunteers once a month to shop, cook, greet, serve, and cleanup.
  • Volunteers are needed to donate and assemble camp bags.
  • Volunteers are needed to drive and ride the buses with the children as we drop off and pick them up from camp.
  • Come eat!  And bring as many friends as you can!

 

Upcoming Dates: 6-7 pm (Followed by the program)

 
  • March 6–Saturday Fellowship Band. Come worship with us!!
  • April 3–Men’s Quartet with the Sweet Adelines.
  • May 1–The Heritage Ringers Spring Concert.
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