Check back in mid-January for the 2020 MMW schedule.
For several years, we have hosted Methodist Mission Weekend, a home repair ministry under the direction of Danny Smith. Volunteers work on numerous homes in the Palestine area doing minor home repairs, such as constructing wheelchair ramps, patching walls and installing cabinets, as well as doing yard work, painting and clean up for elderly, disabled, or disadvantaged homeowners. The Mission Weekends occur three times a year – two in the spring and one in the fall. Workers arrive at the church at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday mornings (workers can attend one or both days as their schedules allow), meet with their assigned work teams, prepare their sack lunches, then go to their sites to begin the day’s work, which typically wraps up mid afternoon.
There are opportunities for just about everyone, even those who are not comfortable doing physical labor on houses. The kitchen crew provides cookies and sets up the lunch table before workers arrive at the church. “Runners” deliver materials to the work sites as unexpected needs arise. Greeters at the work site sit and visit with the clients, most of whom are elderly or disabled and do not get a lot of company. Some people migrate from site to site taking pictures and video. Each work day includes a lunch devotional and discussion led by a devotional leader. The clients are invited to have lunch with the work team.
All participants are required to undergo Safe Sanctuary training and a criminal background check, as this ministry is open to youth who may wish to participate.
The year is capped off with a celebration luncheon where clients, workers, and church members are all invited to the church for a pot luck to reconnect. The highlight of the luncheon is a short video featuring pictures of the year’s work as well as before and after photos from all of the sites.