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Community Ministry

Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.

The Red Bank United Methodist Church has been active in ministry in Red Bank for over 150 years, having been founded in 1850, and has faithfully supported efforts of the Red Bank Ministerium and many of the social service programs of the municipality. Over the years, our pastors have led efforts of ecumenical support and interfaith community programs such as Martin Luther King services, and interfaith dialogs when problems arise, such as the desecration of the Rumson synagogue.

Our faith roots come from the Wesleyan tradition. John Wesley called for us to express God's love through good works. This simple rule has been a recipe for ministry: "Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can."

Looking back the the 1970s, our church sponsored a new life opportunity for a family from Vietnam through the United Methodist Refugee program. We all worked to fix up and furnish a century-old house on Mount Street for our family of six. We worked to find them jobs, classes in English, schools, and medical care. They never went on welfare, but became hardworking members of society, and have been wonderful friends and neighbors. Later we sponsored another related family from Vietnam whose children were model students in school here and in universities, and have gone on to excellent jobs in various parts of the country. We have truly been blessed by knowing these families who left everything familiar to begin again. This is the opportunity that America provides, and we have reached out in faith to make it happen.

Recognizing the need for low-cost housing in our area, our church teamed with the AME Zion Church on Shrewsbury Avenue and the United Methodist Homes to build and operate the Wesleyan Arms Apartments at 9 Wall Street in Red Bank. This facility provides low cost and subsidized apartments to qualifying senior citizens under HUD guidelines.

Our local outreach budget supports programs with money and volunteers. Over the last ten years we have given more than $70,000 in line item donations to programs including Red Bank Senior Center, Red Bank Fire Department, Red Bank First Aid, Red Bank YMCA, Red Bank Drug Prevention, Aslan, Monmouth Day Care Center, Lunch Break, Count Basie Learning Center , Parker Clinic, Habcore, and FISH. Other donations throughtout the years include Advent Option giving, and our leadership role in CROP Walk for the Hungry. Red Bank United Methodist raises the largest amount of money of all the 65-70 faith groups participating in the CROP Walk.

Every spring we organize a work camp at local ministry locations, when volunteers go out for the day to organize kitchens, clean up yards, sort food pantries, and clean stoves and floors. We have a monthly food collection which goes to meet the growing demand in our area. Our Vacation Bible School has raised funds for projects such as Habitat for Humanity, and our church is a member of the Red Bank Coalition for Habitat for Humanity, helping to construct homes at 60 Leighton Avenue and Bank Street in Red Bank.

Many members of our church are active volunteers on an individual basis, and once a month we have sent a team of workers to Lunch Break for most of its 20 years of existence. Along with our monetary support, our Learning Tree Nursery School does projects for Habcore House on Pearl Street, and a loyal group of volunteers helps with Interfaith Hospitality Network hosting of homeless families. We truly believe in reaching out in God's love to our less fortunate neighbors so that all of us can live better lives in harmony with one another.

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