Showing God’s Love to The Most People Through The Most People

It is the goal of the Missions Department to live out Acts 1:8 by serving and sharing Jesus in Jerusalem (Valdosta), throughout Judea (Lowndes), in Samaria (US), and to the end of the earth (International).
2019 brought new and exciting ways that you were able to love God’s people. And Park Avenue loves so well! This year alone, we provided thousands of meals to groups like LAMP, The Boys & Girls Club, Thanksgiving meals for the homeless, and many other events. We supplied almost 1,000 snack packs to children at Clyattville Elementary School. We have provided many Blessing Bags to those who came in to the church hungry. We have housed and clothed countless families through our Benevolence Program and our Clothes Closet. We have supported Living Bridges, Called to Care, and LAMP. We have supported an International Mission Trip, given school supplies, candy, Homeless Bedrolls, shoes, playpens, and innumerable other items. Equally important, we have given of our time and our love by serving meals, working with children, cleaning up our church campus, donating blood, delivering snack packs, and serving at our Rise Against Hunger Packing event.

Local Missions

Benevolence Program

Park Avenue seeks to provide a hand up not a hand out to those in need in our community. Our Benevolence program gives individuals the opportunity to volunteer at local businesses to earn money every 30 days toward their rent or utilities. Once the volunteer hours have been completed individuals place their card in the offering plate of either our 8:55 or 11 o’clock services, and can then pick up their check on Monday afternoon. ID and Bill are required.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet has a strong history of being a place that the community comes for quality, beautiful pre-owned clothing as well as friendship. The Clothes Closet runs solely on donations from our Congregation and the Community with all proceeds going to support the Missions of Park Avenue. The Clothes Closet is filled with loving staff and volunteers who make it the beautiful ministry it is. The Clothes Closet is open Tuesday – Thursday 9 am – 12 pm.

Snack Packs

Every Friday our church delivers packs of food to hundreds of children at the Clyattville Elementary School who would otherwise have little to no food to eat through the weekend. We have groups that purchase food and packs the bags through the week in preparation for delivery.

Mother Son Luau

The Mother-Son Luau is the first weekend in March. The Luau is a great bonding experience for Moms and Sons as you spend a special evening together! The evening will begin at “sunset” with the first hour geared towards little ones as they adjust to the evening. As we progress into the “night,” we’ll continue to luau with lots of music, dancing, yummy treats, and Hawaiian fun! All proceeds will go to support the Missions of Park Avenue United Methodist Church. We know that life is busy, there are a million things begging for your time, we hope that you take this wonderful opportunity to spend one on one, uninterrupted time with your son(s) and support the Missions of PAUMC at the same time. Tickets will go on sale the beginning of February.

“You then my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 2:1

Shower Trailer Ministry

The Missions department at Park Avenue purchased and received a two stall Shower Trailer in early 2019 to serve those in our community with the basic necessity of receiving a clean shower. We will be able to serve those people on our campus in the front yard of the Clothes Closet and in the community near Olympic Park.

We are so excited about launching the Shower Trailer Ministry! The last thing we need is YOU! If you would like to come with us to help serve others, we need you! Please be praying for this ministry. We truly believe that this is going to be a beautiful way to love people in our community and we know that there is nowhere that loves better than PAUMC!

Homeless Bedrolls

There are many in Valdosta who go without a bed every night. Our homeless bedrolls are a 3 foot by 6 foot crocheted bedroll for unsheltered homeless to use to keep them off of the ground. Whether it is wet, cold, or hard ground, it gives them a bit of cushion to help them sleep with some comfort. These bedrolls are incredibly durable, easy to carry, and can been cleaned very easily. Bedrolls are made completely from donated plastic grocery bags. Each bed takes about 500 bags. Once the bags have been donated, volunteers flatten them into stacks of 10, then cuts them into 4 strips each.  Strips are then tied together to make Plarn (plastic yarn) balls. Finally, the plarn is crocheted or weaved on a loom into a bedroll.

-Sarah Booth, says, “It is an honor and privilege to lovingly serve others. While crocheting, I pray for the well-being of the person that will receive the bedroll. I hope they feel the comfort and love of God, every time they use it.”

-Jennifer Sumner, one of our plarning angels, said, “I love watching people from all areas of our church come together for a common cause. While binding together plastic yarn to provide comfort for the homeless, we are binding together the hearts of our family in Christ.” What a wonderful family we have here at Park Avenue.

-Tina Folsom, one of our cutting angels, said, “Thankful to be a small part of serving others through this ministry – I have enjoyed working with members of the church who I have not worked with before and getting to know them on Wednesdays – It has brought the young/in between/ and old together – something to do for all ages and skill levels.”

-Sandra Lindsey, one of our flattening angels, said, “It’s an opportunity to be Gods hands and feet to those in need. It is also a small way to say thank you to God for His love, mercy, and grace.”   

This truly is a ministry that everyone can be a part of, and if you have walked past the Jars of Clay Sunday School room on Wednesday afternoon, I guarantee you hear lots of laughter, fellowship, and a group of people who love this ministry.

 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Mission Teams

Early Responder Team

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is the arm of the United Methodist Church that responds to disasters throughout the world. Our church is home to a certified early responder team that is dispatched by UMCOR to disaster areas.

International Mission Team

Our church has participated in many international mission trips and will continue to pursue them in the future. The main areas of focus for us have been the Bahamas. We have wonderful relationships throughout the world through our missionaries in these locations as well as Haiti, Honduras, Russia, and the Philippines. We look forward to coming experiences in the lands where God will lead us.

Will You Make A Difference?

The Bible clearly commands us to take care of orphans, widows, the impoverished and the "least of these" (James 1:37; Matt 25:31-46). We're always seeking servants who are willing to be the hands and feet of Christ. If you have a passion for a specific ministry or want to get plugged in where there is the greatest needs, please let us know!

Email Jennifer Clark