Serve

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, 
and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

Seeking justice and serving others is at the heart of who we are at Severna Park UMC. We believe that everyone is called and able to share their faith in hands-on ways. We invite you to serve with us and connect with a mission where you can live out your call. Find out more about how we serve locally, nationally and internationally by exploring the links below. To get connected, email the leader for the mission that captures your heart or contact Becky Clapp, our Missions Chair.


We recently had a unique opportunity to partner with St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD to provide relief to the people of Ukraine.


A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Ukrainian Relief Effort! We had the joy in early May of filling three SUVs full of medical, food and hygiene supplies and delivering these offerings of compassion to St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD. It was wonderful to see their operation first hand and we were greeted warmly both by the volunteers who were on hand to receive and begin to sort all of the donations and by their pastor, Father Volodymir Steliac who offered us this video message of gratitude for our partnership with them. Additionally, SPUMC members and friends donated over $1500 in emergency medical supplies through Amazon that were delivered directly to the church. We will continue to take over any additional supplies that trickle in and if you didn’t get to participate, you can always order specialized medical supply items that are critically needed and available through Amazon and have them shipped directly to St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (15100 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905). If you send them directly, please let us know just so we can keep loose track of our overall donations. A big thank you to all of you and especially to our Missions Chair & Project Coordinator, Becky Clapp, who will be happy to answer any of your questions related to this outreach.


Amazon Medical Supplies List

Everlit Emergency Trauma Kit GEN-II Mil-Spec Nylon (about $110 on Amazon)

EverOne 4″ Israeli Emergency High Strength Compression Bandage ($13 on Amazon)

6″ Israeli Style Emergency Bandage Compression Trauma Wound Dressing ($16 on Amazon)

Everlit Occlusive Chest Seal Non-Vented Adhesive dressing for open chest injury ($70 on Amazon)


Ongoing Mission Opportunities

Appalachia Service Project (ASP): Youth and adults work to make homes warmer, safer and drier in the Central Appalachian region while forming meaningful relationships with the families and communities. SPUMC has been sending teams to ASP since 1981. Unfortunately, COVID has prevented us from serving at ASP the last 2 summers, but we’re looking forward to serving in the summer of 2022! Visit ASP’s website.

Backpack Buddies: This is the main mission of SPUMC’s Sunday School children. Children and adults collect and pack backpacks full of food each week for 24 local children facing food insecurity on the weekends.  

Heaven’s Kitchen: A meal based ministry which offers Christ-like hospitality, a hot meal and clothing on the 4th Saturday of every month to the people of Brooklyn, MD. A great way for families to serve together, contact Chip if you want to be part of this effort.

Prison Ministry: Volunteers serve with denominationally and ethnically diverse teams inside local Maryland prisons. Activities include Weekend Spiritual Retreats, Bible studies, Bible instruction, and mentoring. Outside support includes Bible donations and youth Christian artwork for inside retreats. Our church serves as Spring & Fall team training facility for both men’s and women’s Weekend teams.

Quilting and Prayer ShawlsKnit or crochet a prayer shawl for someone who needs to be wrapped in prayer or help make a quilted pillow for a family in need.

Rise Against Hunger: Pack meals to send around the world, partnering with school feeding programs in 74 countries. We packed 20,000 meals at the October 2022 event, and we are hoping to expand the number of meals that we pack to 30,000 or more at our 2023 event!

Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN): Bring in food to stock our local pantry or volunteer at SPAN’s office for community service. In 2019, a VIM Team from SPUMC provided a major kitchen renovation for SPAN. SPAN is an interfaith ministry supported by many local faith communities and in addition to helping feed the hungry, provides emergency rent and utility assistance. Visit SPAN’s website.

Sierra Leone Partnership: Support girls’ education and Trinity UMC in rural Moyamba, Sierra Leone through our ongoing partnership.

Tend My Sheep: Support Marylander David Tingley in his work to create sustainable agriculture by training young people and creating employment opportunities in Haiti.

Volunteers in Mission (VIM): Go on a national or international short-term mission trip! Trips are often construction based, but no experience is required.  The proceeds of our church garage sale support each trip. Visit the United Methodist VIM website.

Winter Relief: For the winter of 2022/2023, please help us turn part of the church into a week-long home for many homeless men and women who are in need of a warm, safe place to live during the winter. Additionally, we partner with Arundel House of Hope during the year to lead Bible studies, support the clothing ministry, and more.

Wycliffe Bible Translators: Help us support a family of Biblical translators and missionaries serving people in rural communities in Mexico.