- Phone: (732) 349-5367
- Mailing Address: 1528 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08755
Our custom at St. Andrew UMC is to present an opportunity for giving to Mission projects as we come forward to receive Holy Communion on Communion Sunday each month. Some of the Mission projects which receive funding from the monthly Communion Offerings include: United Methodist Special Sundays (Human Relations Day; One Great Hour of Sharing; Native American Ministries; Peace with Justice; World Communion Sunday; UM Student Day); The Neighborhood Center; Our St. Andrew Youth Summer Mission Trip; Community Services, Inc./Meals On Wheels; UMC of Tanzania; Our Thanksgiving Baskets Outreach Project; and, Our Angel Tree and Christmas Outreach Projects.
FEBRUARY COMMUNION OFFERING.
February’s Communion Offering is for the Neighborhood Center, Inc. in Camden NJ. Your generous financial support makes it possible for the Neighborhood Center to be a catalyst for change in the lives of children, teenagers, and the community which is being served, breaking the cycle of poverty. Thank you and God bless you for your financial and prayer support of the Neighborhood Center, Inc.!
THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, INC.
Begun in 1913 by UM Deaconesses, the Neighborhood Center in Camden is a United Methodist Women National Mission Institution. The mission of The Neighborhood Center is to generously love our neighbor as ourselves with abundant service and hope today and every day. The Neighborhood Center identified the need to break the cycle of poverty for children (which include poor education and poor family structures). Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, so that a child has success in life. The programs serving children are designed to help children and young adults in a 4-fold life: mind, body, spirit, and community. The Neighborhood Center drives sustainable programs that help a child to aspire; to achieve; and to be successful in school - and, along the way, learn about Christ. The Neighborhood Center demonstrates core Christian values – Love the Lord – through programs with children and the community. Programs include: Urban Community Farm; Child Care Learning Center; After School and Teens; Sophisticated Sisters; Camp Kumbaya (Summer Enrichment Program); Sages Program; and the Community Kitchen, daily serving a healthy, bagged take-away lunch to all who come. Information about these programs is available from The Neighborhood Center Facebook page and website.
We often think of the Child Care programs and After School programs at the Neighborhood Center. Did you know that the Teens Program at The Neighborhood Center is full and very active? With a program director, a male counselor and a female counselor, the teens meet every Tuesday evening for fellowship; opportunities to hear guest speakers who talk on such subjects as career planning and information about applying to college; special events like tours of colleges in the area like Rutgers; and, Open Mic nights once a month when the teens are able to express themselves through singing, poetry, etc. The teens are also offered the opportunity during the summer to work at the Urban Garden on site where they learn about Community Garden food production and mentor the younger children who attend the Summer Enrichment Program known as Camp Kumbaya. Want to know more about The Neighborhood Center or how to get involved? See our Neighborhood Center Liaison Scott Susich or Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge.