First UMC Comes Alive Serving Others

Backpacks for Back to School, Mitten Tree,  Sock & clothing collections for the Homeless, Food Drives, Health Kits, Red Cross Blood Drives, Youth and Adult Mission Trips are our seasonal missions.  (more information can be found in our Newsletter.) Continuous missions include:

Meriden Soup Kitchen

The Meriden Soup Kitchen operates from the First Baptist Church of Meriden and is staffed by FUMC members on alternating Fridays (please see the Parish Herald for dates).
Seven local groups plan, prepare and serve a midday meal five days a week from 11 AM to 12:30 PM to those in need. No identification or referral is required, and no one is turned away. 125 to 175 meals a day are served.
If you are interested in helping in this ministry or would like more information, please contact the Church Office

Unity House

Unity House is a refugee house run by the South Meriden UMC. The Central District of the NY Annual conference has adopted the Unity House as a special project. 

Fostering Love

In Connecticut, DCF is forced to remove children from their homes when the children are neglected, abused or in immediate danger. These children often arrive at their temporary foster home with only the clothes on their back. We are providing back packs to each child containing pajamas, a change of clothes, toiletries, a stuffed animal, etc.

Caring Hands Ministry:

Knit and crochet lap blankets for the veterans at the VA Hospital in West Haven and also for chemo patients at Mid State Medical Center. Each person is given a blanket and a copy of The Upper Room. The patients really appreciate these blankets. One patient said “It was like being wrapped in a great big hug”.  If anyone is interested in knitting or crocheting blankets or donating financially so we can continue this mission please contact Jan Richardson or Nancy Tracy.

Boy Scout Troop 52

Established September, 1991
Boy Scout Troop 52 meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Rainbow Room of Rogers Memorial.
The Troop is very active with hikes, campouts, District and Council events. The Scouts participate in Fund Raisers. Merit Badges and Rank advancement are acknowledged at Quarterly Court of Honors..


U.M. ARMY is celebrating 40+ years in ministry! Our program has grown but our mission is still the same.To provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults.
More Than Mission Work
Responding to the needs of our neighbors is our primary missional focus but United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth also provides an opportunity for youth and adults to experience Christian growth through service to others. Participants combine their strengths and resources to meet home repair and maintenance needs for low income, elderly and disabled homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make needed repairs themselves.
For more information about UM ARMY: