Special Collections & Disaster Relief
Throughout the year, there are numerous special collections in response to ongoing needs, as well as special needs as a result of natural disasters.
Special donations made during communion are designated for the Good Samaritan fund to help individuals who face a financial crisis. Some examples are individuals who are traveling but have run out of money for gas, individuals who have no money for a meal, and individuals who have been referred by Social Services and have no money to pay their heating bill during the winter.
Collections to help support Church World Service. These donations purchase dry food and blankets that are sent to Southeast Asia, the Congo or other places in need.
UMCOR (United Methodist Commission on Relief) provides relief to those suffering from hunger, refugees, immigrants, and/or rescue workers nationally and internationally.
Collections of sewing kits, school kits, health kits, money for fishing nets, blankets, etc.
Flood buckets are built, according to UMCOR specs and made available for victims of floods in the US. Click to read the specifications.
For over 60 years, the Aldersgate community has devoted a special hour of sharing for those who suffer from hunger, poverty, or natural and/or human-made disasters. One Great Hour of Sharing offering is usually on the 4th Sunday of Lent. For additional information visit umcor.org
Aldersgate Feeds the Hungry
Each week, faithful members of Aldersgate and others who use the church, bring in non-perishable food items. The food is delivered monthly to Brandywine Community United Methodist Church and Neighborhood House.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scout program has three specific objectives. They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Aldersgate charters to two Boy Scouting units, Cub Scout Pack 67 and Boy Scout Troop 67. These units serve over 80 area youth between the ages of 6 and 18.
The Christmas Joy Program has been operating since 2005 and provides 150 needy individuals in 5 agencies with over 400 gifts to help make their Christmas more enjoyable. Over 60 people participated in wrapping parties to wrap gifts over two scheduled weekends.
City Fare Meals on Wheels (MOW)
MOW is the premier program of Geriatric Services of Delaware. Volunteers deliver nutritionally balanced meals to people at home who are incapable of preparing their own food. Aldersgate, St. Helena’s, St Paul’s and Concordia alternate weekly responsibility to deliver meals in North Wilmington.
Professionally trained and supervised volunteers respond anonymously and confidentially 24 hours a day. All services are free. Telephone 302-761-9100 for Crisis, 302-761-9700 for Deaf (TDD/Voice), 302-761-9800 for Administration.
Conversational English Ministry
This ministry teaches conversational English to students from foreign countries. The English skills of the students range from barely literate to highly advanced. Classes of varying levels are held each Wednesday morning and evening. Childcare is provided during the evening session.
The classes are for adults, not children and are completely free.
Classes are offered at multiple skill levels (i.e. beginner, intermediate, etc.)
Students will be evaluated when they enroll to determine the most suitable skill level class. All levels are taught in the morning and the evening.
Additional classes may be scheduled at an alternate time, based on demand. Students can enroll at any time.
For more information, to enroll or if you are interested in becoming a teaching volunteer, please contact the Conversational English Coordinator
Emmanuel Dining room (Ministry of Caring)
Aldersgate prepares noonday meals on the 16th of each month. In continuous operation as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization since 1979, their sole purpose is to minister to the poor with food and supportive services. Up to 800 breakfast and noonday meals are served every day at three locations. For more information, call 302-652-3218.
Divorce Care is a 13-week seminar conducted by people who understand what its like to go through separation and divorce. Participants will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding their lives.
Part of a national initiative to provide homeless families temporary shelter in churches. The organization’s 131 local groups also provide access to employment and social services. There are about 2,200 homeless people in northern New Castle County, according to a group that is starting a program to help the suburban homeless.
A non-profit Christian corporation committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the homeless people of Wilmington area through the traditional spiritual ministries of hospitality, education, empowerment and community. For more information, call 302-652-8133.
Harvest Food Festival
An annual, ecumenical food collection that results in many tons of food being donated to 9 local organizations who use it to feed Wilmington area residents in need. Worshipers are given shopping bags as they leave their workship service on the last Sunday of September and are asked to bring them filled with non-perishables to trucks in our parking lots on the first Sunday in October.
Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC)
Aldersgate’s Saturday morning men’s group has adopted this agency in conjunction with their “helping hands” ministry to provide services, minor repairs and maintenance to those who are unable to manage or afford this on their own.
Methodist Action Program (MAP)
Methodist Action Program (MAP) helps create communities of compassion through Christian Faith in Action. Results are accomplished by helping people, congregations, and communities with human needs – food, housing, fellowship and spiritual guidance.
Founded in 1927 by the Methodist Women’s Home Missionary Society, Neighborhood House continues to be the heart of community activities, fellowship and services by offering programs that provide opportunities for community residents of all ages to improve the quality of their lives.
Challenges churches to put their faith into action by helping newly released prisoners change their lives through Christ. Provides assistance to former prisoners or their families in meeting unmet needs, such as food and clothing.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
An annual event where for 1 or 2 days persons from Aldersgate volunteer to ring a bell at a Salvation Army outpost for a 1 hour shift. Historically, the location is inside Concord Mall. This program is coordinated by United Methodist Men.
Accepts chronically homeless men and women for shelter and provides for each a full range of services designed to meet their needs and help them return to society to live as independently as is possible. For more information, call 302-764-4713 or 302-655-1083.
Sunday Breakfast Mission
Has passed its 100th year of feeding and housing homeless men. An evening chapel service is provided seven nights a week by churches in the surrounding area. Eighty percent of the men are cared for one day at a time, including counseling for alcoholism and/or drug addiction. Twenty percent are in a resident program to live and work on the premises.
Aldersgate saw the strong commitment and good outcome of this new inner city ministry and is now supporting this ministry. UrbanPromise is ministry to children and youth living in the inner-city neighborhoods of Wilmington, Delaware. Its mission is to teach children and young adults the skills necessary for spiritual growth, academic achievement, life management and Christian leadership.