KUMC Missions


The Church has left the building “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  – Matthew 28:19

We believe church isn’t over when you leave a worship service. At KUMC, we CONNECT with others both inside and outside of the church building as we GROW in our faith and SERVE God and others with love though mission and ministry.
Please join us as we leave the building and serve together!
November 2019
Room at the Inn is November 1 – Can you Help this Month? 
November 1 is the first Thursday of the month and it’s time for Room at the Inn at KUMC. Are you available to take part in this once a month mission project that helps the homeless in our area? We’re asking for your help just this one month! You can help by setting up beds, driving to and from KUMC, staying overnight, preparing breakfast, or doing laundry. To volunteer, email Mary Konnesky, call or text her at 618.616-4202 or Go to Sign up Genius now to register to help November’s Room at the Inn. 
Mission in Memory and Honor Dresser Build All Saints Weekend Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3

We would like to invite YOU to build a dresser in memory of someone you have lost or in honor of someone special to you. There are 3 ways you can participate:

  •  You can donate $40 to buy a dresser and build it yourself at the event. You don’t have to build alone; we can work together to build dressers. 
  • You can purchase a dresser in honor or in memory of a loved one and have someone else will build it for you at the event.  If you do not wish to purchase a dresser, we invite you to come help build dressers donated by others.

Donations can be made online or by check at the Mission Window.  Go to Sign Up Genius NOW to sign up to build on November 2 or 3.

This furniture build will allow Home Sweet Home to provide a dresser to every child that walks through their doors.

Can’t get enough Mission Work, oh we can find somethings for you to do! Here you’ll find general information from the charitable groups we work with throughout the  year where you can pitch in and work a shift this week, or plan to attend one of their events or benefits to help raise funds for their services. Here’s what’s happening now: 
Room at the Inn Needs Volunteers Every Month
KUMC hosts the guests from Room At The Inn transitioning out of homelessness on the first Thursday of the month. The next event is September 5 – 6 and there are some open positions to fill. We’re so glad to have the space and resources to support these people in transition. Please help us show radical Christian hospitality by signing up to set up beds, prepare a meal, do laundry, drive the guests, or spend the night. Email Mary Konnesky to volunteer.  
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home is an agency that provides home furnishings and the comforts of home through donations from the public to clients moving out of homelessness, and into a home of their own. You can help by:
  1. DONATING: Your old furniture and other home good items are always appreciated! Please bring them to the mission window to be taken to Home Sweet Home. 
  2. WAREHOUSE VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are needed every day of the week to work in their warehouse unpacking donated items and helping clients shop for their home. You can work just a couple of hours or find a regular shift to fill to help with this task.
  3. BE A FURNITURE MOVER ON WEEKENDS: Movers are needed weekends to help those clients move into their new homes with all of their new homegoods. 
Start Volunteering now at Home Sweet Home HERE
JANUARY 2019: Pillow Drive for Home Sweet Home collected and donated 150 new pillows! 
Collecting Supplies for God’s Child Guatemala Mission Trip 
Let’s send our Gold’s Child Missionary team to Guatemala in March with all the supplies they can handle! Please donate cash or a check made out to KUMC with Guatemala in the memo line, infant care items, school supplies, f
irst aid items, and hygiene products. Find a more detailed list here, or stop by the Mission Window. Please drop off donations at the Mission Window throughout the month of February.
MARCH 2019:
Build a Dresser, Furnish Hope: 
150th Anniversary Mission Project
Dressers are a high demand item for Home Sweet Home clients. To honor of our 150th anniversary, KUMC made a goal to build 150 IKEA dressers for Home Sweet Home to commemorate 150 years of ministry in our community and the world. Originally we thought it would take several build dates to accomplish this goal and planned to do about 3 or 4 different build dates on the Saturdays before The One Sunday services. 
The first dresser build was April 6 – 7 and in memory of Chris Hendry, a former member of this church who possessed a big heart for helping those in need. The goal is to build 26 dressers for his 26 years of life. But KUMC members responded in such a big way, that 125 dressers were built in the first weekend, exceeding our goal and practically completely the entire build in one weekend. 
Swim Fun 
In May KUMC members donated swim suits, towels, floaties, flip-flops – you name it! All the things that make summer time fun at the pool for the clients of LifeWise STL! We filled the pool with some very helpful items. 
Stock the Pantry
KUMC put out the call to stock the food pantry to help Community Pantries during the summer  months and collected 750 items to donate in the month of June! 
Dresser Build #2
Thrivent Financial agreed to host a second dresser build at KUMC for Home Sweet Home. 125 more dressers were built on Saturday, June 29! Employees and their families from Thrivent worked alongside KUMC volunteers to get the job done! 
JULY 2019: Backback Bonanza 
Thank you for your overwhelming response to our backpack drive. You donated 550 backpacks and  made significant financial contributions. Kirkwood United Methodist Church will be able to help children all over St. Louis start the school year with a backpack. 
The School Supply Drive for Epworth, Meacham Park Neighborhood Association, Kirkwood School District, and Festival of Sharing was very successful. KUMC will be able to contribute a minimum of 50 Reading and Writing Packs to Festival of Sharing and donate a significant numver of items to the Kirkwood School District to help students get through the year with the supplies they need! AKirkwood UMC – for your efforts in making it a great school year for local children! 
Coat Drive for Hands on Kirkwood
Birthday Party Kits for Kirkcare: 
Hands on Kirkwood 

Serve the Church

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are equipped and empowered lay caregivers who provide one-to-one care giving ministry for persons in crisis. If you need the support of a Christian friend or know someone who does, find out more information by clicking here.


Heart to Home

Serve by connecting with a member of our congregation that is unable to come to our church building for worship.  Friendships are built through visits, calls, and notes to let people know that they still matter to KUMC.  Email Cathy Poe for more information.  

Meals for Newborns

Join this team to help provide a home-cooked meal to support our church families with new babies.  Ministry members will make and deliver a few meals per year.  Email Debbie Dillon for more information.
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KUMC Food Pantry

Feed the need to be generous and help stop hunger in our local area by dropping off non-perishable food goods to KUMC anytime the office is open!  Donations support four local agencies: Kingdom House, Bellfontaine UMC, KirkCare, and the Kirkwood School District.
Serve the City

Hands on Kirkwood

Hands on Kirkwood is our hometown’s one-day mission project focused on our local community needs. It’s a day of service when everyone is encouraged to help, and KUMC members have volunteered and embraced this event with a passion. This year the event will be Saturday, October 6, 2018 and registration is open now. To see how you can help or to sign up, Click Here.  

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home is a non-profit helping clients from partnering organizations transition out of homelessness into new living situations with the needed furnishings and basics to make their dwelling a home.  KUMC assists Home Sweet Home providing volunteers to work in the warehouse, assist clients with their shopping and to provide moving crews.  Email our mission team to get involved.

 Volunteers are always needed. Please Contact Sue Foster if you can volunteer. Home Sweet Home is located at 290 Hanly Industrial Court. 

Room at the Inn

Assist with housing homeless families at KUMC on the first Thursday of the month by setting up beds, driving to and from KUMC, preparing dinner, staying overnight, preparing breakfast, and doing laundry.  Email Missions for more information. 

Life Wise StL (formerly Kingdom House)

Life Wise Stl helps thousands annually achieve self-sufficiency and gain economic independence.  Each year, Kirkwood UMC works with Life Wise Stl to provide backpacks and school supplies as well as Christmas gifts for children of all ages.  If you are interested in making a donation or helping, email our mission team.


Charity Sharity

Charity Sharity collects fabric and sewing-related tools that are no longer wanted and redistributes these much needed items to over 140 charities.  We accept: clean and folded fabric, sewing machines, needlework/craft items, etc.  For more information, email Carole Splater.
Serve the World

Mission Trips

Join KUMC for multi-generational mission trip experiences. In February 2018 a group will travel to Guatemala working with Project God’s Child to build a home for family there.  Contact our missions team for more information on future mission trips.

The Mozambique Initiatiave

Join KUMC in teaming up with Methodist churches around Missouri, as we partner with The Mozambique Initiative to build clean water wells in Mozambique, Africa.  Donate to help provide clean water from a well, or sponsor a student!  Contact our missions team for more information or visit The Mozambique Initiative’s website.