“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (28:19-20)
The Church exists because it has a mission. Based on the “Great Commission“, the mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As a local church, Westwood UMC envisions all kinds of day to day opportunities for disciple-making: from conversations on the front porch, to jamming on the church lawn, to giving sacrificially. The mission of transforming the world through the love of Jesus Christ drives us.
Westwood United Methodist Church engages in mission work every day of the week. Missions is in the DNA of Westwood United Methodist Church, with our congregation giving both time and money to projects and people around the Cincinnati area and throughout the world. If you would like more information, please contact the church office.
Locally we sponsor My Neighbor’s Place, an inter-denominational ministry that ministers with and to those who need help with clothing and food as well as offers a place of fellowship and friendship.
The United Methodist Women have sponsored missions and missionaries for years locally and around the world. We have “units” or small groups that meet weekly for reading, study, fellowship and mission focused outreach.
Many people volunteer from Westwood United Methodist Church in local schools as tutors, with Wesley Services, the Wesley Foundation or Wesley Chapel Mission Center. Not every ministry we support needs to start with “Wesley” such as Habitat for Humanity, Dulac, LA, or our adult mission trip to Edisto Island. We help other community groups as well in various service projects around the community.
At the district and conference level of the United Methodist Church organization, The Advance exists to provide voluntary opportunities to support ecumenical causes around the world. Westwood UMC has participated in The Advance by sending money to the conference for their distribution to approved mission programs and approved missionaries around the world. For more information on UM Advance, see http://new.gbgm-umc.org/Advance/about/
Two major projects from our Christmas and Lenten offerings have been invested in Haiti and Ghana. We are in partnership with Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti and the Jolitrou Clinic in Cap Haitian as well as the Hope Clinic in Ghana where we built a well.
Jolitrou Clinic, Cap Haitian, outdoors services to over 300 people a day with community workers, nurse, pharmacy, lab and clean water. Watch this video!! Jolitrou Video 2017
Ghana, well project:
Second Mile Giving, Local and Global
Westwood UMC’s own Mission Team selects 12 ministries a year to support. Each month the congregation has opportunity to support these ministries through contributions of money or designated items. These are listed in the bulletin each week.