Grace UMC’S Sidewalk Ministry is held at Reed Park, 1631 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, every Saturday with Registration at 10 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m. October 2018 thru May 2019 (weather permitting).
Sidewalk Ministry’s focus is to bring Christian fundamentals to children and their families in the Reed Park neighborhood. We teach empowerment through Christ and how to build a personal friendship with God in order to turn hearts, minds and actions toward a lifestyle of promise and hope for the future. Parents engage with planning, helping with bi-lingual presentation, neighborhood outreach and visitation, and working in partnership with Grace volunteers (called Shepherds) to present weekly worship, activities, and lunch.
Highlights of the year include Opening Session the first Saturday of the season, Christmas Celebration in mid-December, Adiós Fiesta in May, and Back to School Backpack Distribution in early August.
Through the generosity of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, Office of Outreach, Grace uses a brightly painted Sidewalk platform truck to carry and store equipment and materials, curriculum, and welcomes guidance to deliver this program.
Grace UMC has hosted this ministry for over a decade, touching more than 100 families a year. The members of Grace also provide a weekly lunch for children who attend. Per Grace’s Child Safety Policy, all Shepherds apply to work in this program and undergo background checks to assure children are safe and well-cared for while they are engaged at Sidewalk Ministry.
If you are interested to attend, support or volunteer with Grace’s Sidewalk Ministry, or you just want to learn more about the program, please contact the church office at (480) 964-8787 for current schedule and connection to leadership.