Advent Service Opportunities

Epworth Children and Family Services

Epworth Giving Tree due by Sunday, December 2 Select an Ornament from the Epworth Giving Tree in the lobby. A specific child’s name, age and wish is listed on the back of each ornament. Please buy a gift for a that child or young adult and bring it wrapped with the ornament attached to the gift to the Mission Window by December 2.

Epworth also needs volunteers to set up their Christmas Shop.  If anyone is able to help please contact Margaret Mahan at
Kingdom House
Brown Bag Weekend is December 1 – 2 
Brown Bag Weekend is a KUMC tradition of bringing gifts in brown bags to the altar in all services to donate to families served by Kingdom House.  Below is a list of requested items:
Most Needed Items: hats, gloves, coats, electronics, gift cards (Target, Walmart, Redbox, Amazon, Family Dollar, etc.), gas cards, Metro passes, space heaters, jeans – all sizes (plus)
Clothing: Adult , children’s and infants (not newborn) clothing; coats and heavy jackets of all sizes
Household Items:comforters, sheet sets, pots and pans, dish sets, flatware sets, toaster ovens, hotplates, kitchen electronics 
Gifts for Teens:MP3 Players, video games, wireless headphones, card games, gift cards, jewelry & beaded bracelets, watches, hair styling tools, cologne (Axe), perfume (Bath & Body), makeup, fingernail design items, long john sets, cozy socks, scarf/glove/hat sets, knit caps, zipped jackets, hooded sweatshirts
Gifts for Children:toys (ages 2-12), action figures/superheroes, African-American dolls, Hispanic/Latino dolls, doll accessories, educational games, remote control trucks, trains, cars; scooters, skateboards, sports equipment, imaginative play items, toy musical instruments, Doc McStuffins & Frozen
Please bring your item enclosed in a brown bag to place on the altar at your service on Saturday, December 1 or Sunday, December 2. 
Christmas Gift Shop at Kingdom House December 7 – 13
Help staff the shop Friday, December 7 through Friday, December 14 from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm (shifts are 2-4 hours.) Sign up on their website HERE
Sponsor a Green Room Child for the December 10  Christmas Party 

Kingdom House Kids is a mission project of KUMC which gives support to the sixteen children and teachers in the Green Room of Kingdom House Day Care Center throughout the year and provides gifts for the students at Christmas time. Can you help by sponsoring a child this Christmas? A simple gift of a book, a memory game and some school supplies is all that is required. See the attached flyer for list of needed items, and please bring your gifts as instructed in the flyer (some wrapped, some not) to the Mission Window by Sunday, December 9th. Please seal them all in a bag marked Kingdom House Kids/Green Room for Mary Jo Brown so they don’t end up getting lost in the Brown Bag Collection going to Kingdom  House. A Donations are also appreciated for classrooms supplies needed throughout the year.  Contact Mary Jo Brown at  , 314-965-1939 or Lynn Hill at , 314-966-5938 for details to sponsor a child.  We are happy to be your personal shopper if needed. 

Meacham Park Christmas Party December 15
Once again, KUMC will be helping out with the Moms of Meacham Kids Christmas Party. We will provide hot dogs and buns, cookies and goodie bags for approximately 150 children and 15 $10 gift cards for the teen volunteers. We will also be face painting at the party. 
We still need your help! Monetary donations for food and stocking stuffers would be much appreciated and of course face painters are needed! You don’t have to be a pro and it’s a lot of fun.  All Kirkwood and Meacham Park children are invited to attend, Saturday, December 15, 1-4 pm at the Kirkwood Community Center.
For questions, donations or to volunteer please contact Anne Skelton or 314-602-8622. Thank you!
Moms In Service – Cookies for Meacham Park Party December 14 
Help us make snack bags for the Meacham Park Christmas Party.  Bring 3-4 homemade/store bought cookies to Julie Sherwood’s house on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 9:00 am.  If you are unable to attend and would like to help, financial donations are accepted or you can drop off cookies at the church office.  Email Julie Sherwood at to help.
Shepherd’s Run December 24
Spread joy to those hard at work on Christmas Eve. Experience sharing the joy of Christmas by delivering bags after services on Christmas Eve. Be sure to take a bag on your way out from a Christmas Eve service.