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Healing Rides

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Healing Rides begins its
2017 Season on June 1. 

Healing Rides is a ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church. It is a free community service whose mission is to offer healing through sunshine, fresh air, and personal interaction to those in our community who may be marginalized in some way. Healing Rides will offer a bicycle ride on a specially designed Duet "Go-Anywhere" Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem. This bike chair will be driven by well-trained volunteers with a heart for this ministry. This community service will be for people who are unable to get out on their own and who may be marginalized due to age, disability, or economics.  Please call the church office at 309-827-8046 to schedule a ride or to find out more about becoming a volunteer. This experience will enhance the quality of life for clients and volunteers alike. For more information please visit the Healing Rides website, healingrides.com.

-Just One-Each month the church members collect items for "Just One" agency to support the ministry and mission of that agency. Some agencies we support are The Methodist Ministries Food Pantry at Park United Methodist Church, The Baby Fold, Wesley's Bright Beginnings Preschool, and more.

Dish washing soap will be collected as the needed Just One item during the month of April. The Methodist Ministries Food Pantry at Park United Methodist Church requested dish soap. Thank you for your generosity.
~  The Church and Society Committee

Habitat for Humanity

habitat volunteersHabitat for Humanity of McLean County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

Each year Wesley helps to sponsor a Habitat House through monetary donations as well as labor to help build the house.

No experience is needed to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer or would like to receive more information about Habitat for Humanity, please contact Jeff Snyder, jsnydes_normal@hotmail.com. or call the church office, 309-827-8046.

Serving at Safe Harbor

Serving at Safe HarborThe Salvation Army Safe Harbor shelter is a temporary emergency shelter for men and women. The temporary emergency shelter provides nights lodging, food, and basic human necessities.

Wesley supports the Salvation Army Safe Harbor Shelter by providing meals twice a month at the shelter. Wesley's youth group SURGE provides a meal on the third Thursday of each month. Wesley's Church and Society Committee and other volunteers of Wesley provide a meal the second Tuesday of each month.

Here are some ways you can support this outreach ministry:

  • Contact Alycia Hund, 309-830-5035 to volunteer on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Donate to help cover the cost of a meal. You or your small group could donate to cover the cost of a meal. 
  • Bake 8 - 10 dozen cookies for the meals served by the youth on the third Thursday of each month. Contact Stacy Ash, sash@wesley-umc.com, or call the church office at 309-827-8046 for more information.

faith in action

Wesley is one of many churches in Bloomington-Normal that supports Faith In Action. Faith In Action is a non-profit organization in Bloomington-Normal which provides spiritual, physical, and emotional support to seniors 60 years and over and their caregivers to maintain independence, dignity, and improved quality of life. We accomplish this through an interfaith network of volunteers, congregations, and community organizations.

Volunteers take seniors to medical appointments, religious services, shopping, and other necessary errands and appointments. They also make friendly home visits, telephone reassurance calls, perform light home, and yard maintenance. FIA of Bloomington-Normal is a local affiliate of the FIA National Network . If you would like to be a compassionate, helpful and hopeful friend to senior citizens, age 60 and older, in our community, please contact Wesley FIA coordinator, Linda Stuckey or call the FIA office at 827-7780.