Maple Grove's mission statement, "to be an open community of Christians who love God and serve our neighbors," reflects our belief that we are the hands of Christ at Maple Grove, in this community, and around God's world.
Maple Grovers have a history, in keeping with our church's mission, of giving ourselves in service to our neighbors.
“Holy God, help us remember that Christ has no body on earth but ours - No hands, no feet on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which Christ looks on the world with compassion. Amen.” (St. Teresa of Avila) Central to our life is the desire to reach beyond our walls into the community and the world so that St. Teresa’s prayer might be a prayer experienced by others.
Maple Grove believes we are Christ's hands and feet in the world today. There are many ways to use your hands as Christ's hands: serving others, praying, teaching, extending Christian hospitality, caregiving, stewardship of resources, and being in Christian fellowship. Let us join together so that others may experience the hands of Christ.
We are currently involved in these ways to care for those in need:
Abused Children Outreach
Provide education and reach out to support abused children and their families through partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Bethlehem on Broad Street
The Maple Grove congregation donates money so that food for over a hundred food boxes can be purchased and volunteers come in to box the food and deliver and distribute it at Broad Street UMC the Saturday before Christmas.
Bread of Life
The Bread of Life team picks up the donated Panera bread and takes it to Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.
Clintonville Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) Breakfast
Prepare and serve Sunday morning breakfast for CRC clients 1 or 2 months a year.
CRC First Thursday Dinner
Prepare and serve dinner and then dine with the guest at CRC.
Community Vegetable Garden
Plant seeds and harvest the Maple Grove vegetable garden at 49 W. Henderson Rd. This ministry team also delivers the produce to the CRC or NNEMAP food pantries.
Feed My Sheep
Feed My Sheep food boxes are inside our church doors to remind us to bring non-perishable food items for our Feed My Sheep ministry team to deliver to NNEMAP and Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC) food pantries. We ask our congregation to bring a non-perishable food item into worship on each communion Sunday which is the first Sunday of each month.
The Feed My Sheep ministry team also takes donated sandwiches to Faith on 8th on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Sandwiches may be left in the kitchen refrigerator before noon on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, for the team to deliver
Each year adult and youth teams go out for a week long mission trip to serve in an area of need.
New Life Servant Team
The New Life Servant team helps in the clothing room of New Life United Methodist Church on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Pastor's Food Pantry
The Pastor's Food Pantry Ministry team prepares sack lunches from food items and financial donations provided by members of the congregation. These sack lunches are then delivered by team members to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center to distribute to people needing food.
PAWS (Pets Are Working Saints)
Pet owners take their friendly pets to visit area nursing homes.
Each Thanksgiving a large team of people prepares a full Thanksgiving meal to serve to our community for free on Thanksgiving day.
Stephen Ministers are trained lay persons who provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support. Stephen Ministers are available to provide both Maple Grove members and non-members the emotional and spiritual care needed when they are facing a crisis or difficulty, such as: Loss of a loved one Hospitalization Divorce or separation Loneliness or discouragement Spiritual crises Unemployment or job crisis Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility Relocation Incarceration Aging Chronic Illness Recovery after an accident or disaster And many more
A Stephen minister is NOT ... a counselor or therapist, a problem solver, or a casual guest.