Missions at Memorial

Mission to our community and world is one of the important foundations of Memorial United Methodist Church. From John Wesley's call of "Do all the Good You Can," to our Vision Statements with commits us “to put God’s love into action in our church, community and world,” we are a church committed to making a real difference in God's Kingdom. Here are just a few of the missions supported by the members of Memorial.

  • Porch de Salomon in Panajachel, Guatemala

    Since 2005, Missionaries Lloyd and Melanie Monroe have been ministering to "the lost, the least and the last" in the villages on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. Visiting teams have built 50 homes, provided free medical and dental care to the indigenous people and held Bible School and athletic activities for children. School scholarship programs, food pantry, safe water wells, financial assistance and surgery for infants born with cleft palate are other programs supported by this mission. The Solomon's Porch Cafe is the primary ministry "presence" in Panajachel which hosts weekly worship gatherings, live music, cultural events, and a humanitarian relief center. Check out the "Porch" at www.porchdesalomon.org or follow them on their Facebook page:facebook.com/porchdesalomon.

  • PET Mission Workshop

    (Personal Energy Transportation)

    The PET Workshop is a local ecumenical project supporting an international effort to provide mobility to over 20 million men, women, and children who have been disabled by land mines, accidents, and diseases. Metal parts fabricated in the MUMC Workshop are used to assemble over 700 three-wheeled, hand-cranked PET vehicles each year in shops at Penney Farms, Jacksonville, and Keystone Heights. These carts are given at no cost to mobility-challenged people in over 100 countries in the world. Recipients can transport themselves and a cargo over terrain where standard wheelchairs cannot go. The Workshop is an ideal volunteer venue for retired seniors, both men and women. Although some opportunities for community service credit have been made available for students and others, the nature of metal fabrication shop work is best restricted to adults. Tours of the shop may be arranged by calling 557-8218 or the church office at 261-5769. Please visit the web site www.petflorida.org for more information.

  • Builders Care

    Builders Care is a Nassau County mission that helps with community projects including building wheelchair ramps, house and yard projects for those in need, and maintaining the Pirate Playground. The dozens of ramps built over the last ten years helped people regain independence by providing safe, easy access to jobs, family, friends, healthcare and shopping. For information about upcoming projects, like “Builders Care of Nassau County” on Facebook, or text your email address to Mac Morriss at 904-556-2269.

  • Branches, Florida City

       Branches was established in 1973 in Florida City, FL (south of Miami) as the urban and social justice agency of what is now the South East District of the United Methodist Church. Branches has developed and implemented programs that address the root causes of poverty. Branches’ menu of services provides a continuum of support to community members to empower them to pursue life changing opportunities.
         Branches fulfills coits mmitment to the community by engaging children, youth and adults with the ability to become better educated, to become more financially stable, to make long-term, positive life choices and to know God. Visit branchesfl.org to learn more.

  •       The Kairos Prison Ministry shares the transforming love of Jesus with incarcerated men. Male volunteers from Memorial spend a 4-Day weekend inside the Columbia State Prison near Lake City working with incarcerated men and helping them live meaningful lives inside the prison and to become loving, productive citizens once they leave.

         Kairos Outside, which reaches women with relatives in prison or who, themselves, were incarcerated, in a 3-day weekend where women find help dealing with the stigma of incarceration and dealing with their feelings of guilt or failure. Visit kairosprisonministry.org to learn more.

  • America's Youth

        America's Youth is a 501 (c) (3) grassroots community organization established in 1999. Their mission is to empower youth by instilling positive values, character, and leadership skills. America's Youth is located in an  economically distressed neighborhood of Fernandina Beach. In 2015, 35 children and adolescents (ages 5 - 7) attended the after school program and 70 attended Camp America (Summer Camp). America's Youth operates solely on donations and volunteers.

         You can support by volunteering with help with homework, field trip chaperones, maintenance, providing snacks, supplies and up keep on the building. And, of course, you can help with your prayers. Contact 904-310-6377 or stop by 907 S. 11th Street.

  •     Most people know Barnabas operates the "New to You" Resale Store, proceeds from which help fund Barnabas programs. What many don't realize is that Barnabas is a safety net for Nassau County individuals and families in crisis - helping to ease their stress and stabilize their lives by providing food, assistance with utility bills, rent or mortgage, as well as medical and dental services for uninsured adults.

        Barnabas serves over 5,000 participants a year and has received the top ranking of four stars from Charity Navigator for the past nine consecutive years, making it among the top 1% of non-profits nationwide rated by the organization that rates and ranks non-profits for financial accountability and transparency. Your contributions of time, talent, and treasures are always welcome. For more information, please call 904-261-7000 or visit barnabasnassau.org.