Missions

Our Missions team is very involved in projects to help our community and beyond.

Some of the things that have been done:

  • Missions team is responsible for conducting a Mid-Year drive for school supplies in Hughes Springs Elementary. It is helpful not only to the children but also the teachers. By the second quarter, some of the supplies have run out and teachers typically purchase supplies out of their own funds. This event helps lessen those occurrences.

  • The Missions team is responsible for our food pantry, Shepherd’s Harvest. Along with Cornett UMC they serve families in need from the Hughes Springs Independent School District.

  • On the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am till noon, the church offers a diaper bank which provides diapers to mothers who need them. Diapers are donated by members of the church.

  • They sponsor a luncheon for the workers during Wildflower Trails.

When this team sees a need, they act.

Diaper Bank

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am till noon, the church offers a diaper bank which provides diapers to mothers who need them. Diapers are donated by members of the church.

Shepherd’s Harvest Food Pantry

Working with the East Texas Food Bank and Cornett United Methodist Church, we open our food pantry from 12:30 until 2:30 pm, on the third Thursday of each month. Although the items vary, we try to offer a box of staple goods along with breads, pastries, and produce each month. The food pantry is located in the church and is open to residents of Hughes Springs Independent School District who qualify financially for assistance. Approximately 60 local families and individuals are served each month.

The Senior Box Program

Together with the East Texas Food Bank, First United Methodist Church runs a special mission project called the Senior Box Program. The Senior Box Program is designed to improve the health and nutrition of senior citizens. In East Texas, some seniors are forced to make tough choices between paying their utilities, buying life-saving medications or purchasing food. The goal of the Senior Box Program is to provide a free box of nutritious food each month to help these seniors. The monthly distribution occurs on the third Thursday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

IWC

The Interested Women of the Church provide much of the hospitality offered by the church. IWC provides family meals in the fellowship hall following funerals, regularly provides cookies and drinks to the students at the Wesley Foundation at Northeast Texas Community College, organizes and provides 5th Sunday fellowship dinners at the Church, visits nursing homes, delivers flowers to shut-ins on Christmas and Valentines, and holds garage sales to raise funds for support of the church youth and church projects.

The IWC meets the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 am.

Ladies Luncheon

All women are invited to attend the Ladies Luncheon the first Saturday of each month. They meet in the Fellowship Hall from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Hope to see you there and bring a friend.

Nursing Home

The New Hope Sunday school class meets at one of the local nursing homes on the 4th Sunday of each month to provide a time of worship and Bible study to the residents.

Youth Mission

Our youth department offers two youth groups for a variety of ages.

Mustard Seeds

This is our group for young people who are of elementary age. The purpose of the group is to provide a place where young Christians can come together for fun, fellowship, instruction, and service. We currently meet on the fourth Friday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings can last from 1 hr. to 2 hrs. long depending on the event that is planned. Come join us as we grow our faith. Remember from the smallest of seeds, the mustard seed, can grow the mightiest of bushes.

The Youth Group is currently under reformation. Keep watch here for more details.