missions

Regional Missions

Serving Greater Atlanta & Beyond
Due West is very active with several ministry partners in the Greater Atlanta area including:

THE GARDEN
The Garden serves as a home for women and children 7 nights a week.  It is always open to the public and welcomes volunteers to help drive, cook, serve meals and teach. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide and serve an evening meal.  We will be serving dinner to approximately 100 women and children. Set-up starts at 4:00-4:30 pm (they have a Bible study around 5:00 pm and dinner following).  The home is located at 2840 Plant Atkinson Road, Smyrna, GA  30080.


KSU WESLEY FOUNDATION
The KSU Wesley Foundation was started by the Kennesaw United Methodist Church to serve students at our state university.  Our Wesley Foundation is also supported by the Methodist annual conference as one of their extension ministries and missions but most of our funds are raised through donation.
MUST MINISTRIES
MUST Ministries is a faith-based organization which is dedicated to providing services to persons and families in crisis while maintaining their dignity.  They address the basic needs of individuals, families and children in the Marietta, Smyrna and Canton/Cherokee country communities.  MUST brings people of many faiths together to respond to God's challenege to minister to others with compassion and love, without judgement of the beliefs, background or circumstances of those who serve or of those being served.
Due West is committed to serving dinners at MUST on the 31st of January, March, May, July, August, October & December.
We also provide clothing, school supplies to the homeless and summer lunches to kids around Cobb County.


MUST MINISTRIES SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
Every Wednesday during the summer our church provides 250 lunches to children throughout Cobb County.  Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to prepare lunches for the 2019 Summer Lunch Program.  We were able to provide over 2000 lunches to children throughout the summer.  Special thanks to Mark Hellman & Elizabeth Weaver for getting the kitchen certified so that we could continue to make sandwiches!
Contact:  Gina Hill at 678-492-2930


7 BRIDGES TO RECOVERY STREET MINISTRY

7 Bridges to Recovery is a rescue team for JESUS CHRIST. The purpose of the ministry is to rescue our brothers and sisters off the streets and help them break the binds of homelessness, alcohol, drugs, sexual addictions, prostitution, and abuse.

Our next trip date has not been determined.  Please watch bulletins and newsletter for upcoming dates.  We will gather at the Due West UMC lot next to the Youth Center entrance (South Campus, Building C) at 10:30 am. We will drive to The Garden where we will meet the 7 Bridges team to go under the bridges.  We will return to Due West at approximately 3:00-4:30 pm depending on the route assigned to us.  We are looking for "Captains" to coordinate the liguistics of meeting up at Due West and the return back to Due West.  The 7 Bridges Team coordinates the rest for us.  We continue to seek several captains to lead this team each month.  If you would like to serve as a Captain for any of the dates listed on the schedule below or if you have any questions, please email Sue Long or Lisa Angus at the emails below.

Contacts:
MOUNTAIN TOP BOYS HOME

Mountain Top Boys Home was established by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1978.  They moved to their current location in 1980.  We gather a team together to go to the facility and help with general cleanup of the home as well as other maintenance work. Students from Middle School and up are invited.  Watch here for the next date that we will be going!  We'd love to have you!


MURPHY-HARPST CHILDREN'S HOME

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center in Cedartown, GA is an agency of the United Methodist Church.  MHCC is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk children and their families.

The mission of MHCC is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where severely abused and neglected children can thrive and heal toward a goal of re-engaging with society and leading productive lives.  

We “partner” with MHCC through donations and by providing Christmas gifts and Easter baskets to help the children celebrate the holidays.   The Due West youth also invite the children from MHCC to a Christmas Ball which is one of their highlights of the year.  The UMM holds an Annual Murphy-Harpst Christmas dinner to raise money for the organization.

You may also get involved with Murphy-Harpst by becoming a part of their Specialized Foster Care.  The SFC program trains parents to meet the needs of these Foster Children.  If you would like more information on SFC please contact Scott Fuller at 770-825-6992.
Simple Need GA
SIMPLE NEEDS GA has many ways you can volunteer throughout the summer.  You can help out on the days of donation drives, or assemble duffel bags (Comfort Kits) with toiletries, etc. Volunteers need to be a minimum of 8 years old and anyone under 18 much be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Arise Kitchen
ARISE KITCHEN is a breakfast & brunch pop-up kitchen open every Saturday & Sunday from 8:00-11:00 am inside Buffalo’s Cafe on Cobb Parkway.  50% of all meals purchased help to feed the hungry at MUST Ministries and Engage Burkina.  God is doing amazing things at Arise Kitchen.  Stop by and check it out!
Forever Fed
Due West UMC is partnering with FOREVER FED to fill volunteer spots for upcoming mobile pantries at locations in Acworth, Woodstock and Canton.  Volunteers assist with setting up the pantry, greeting and checking in guests, assisting guests with grocery selections, weighing and bagging groceries, and helping guests take their selections to their vehicles.  The mobile pantries are family-friendly service events for ages 12 and up.  Volunteers must register ahead of time and complete a volunteer application.  
If you’re interested in serving, go to the Forever Fed to sign up.
PROJECT BACKPACK
Over 16 million children live in homes without enough food.
Research indicates that hungry children do poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.
Due to these facts, Due West started Project Backpack, a partnership with Clarkdale Elementary & Frey Elementary Schools. We are currently providing weekend meals for 75 children each week. This is how it works: after lunch on Friday, the students pick up their backpack full of food for over the weekend. They return the backpack to school the following Monday. Research has shown that the children participating in this ministry have improved attendance, grades, concentration and behavior.
We would like for everyone at Due West to be involved in this ministry. Here's how you and/or your group (Sunday School Class, Small Groups, Bible Studies) can get involved.

   Clarkdale Elementary at 4725 Ewing Road, Austell, GA  (770) 819-2422
    Frey Elementary at 2865 Mars Hill Road, Acworth, GA  (770) 975-6655

Duties of Backpack Team
Wednesday or Thursday - Pack the bags with the food for the next weekend. This is done on campus at any time the church is open.
Friday - Deliver the bags to the schools. They must be delivered by 1:00 pm so that the students can pick them up before dismissal.


TUTORING AT LOST MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Due West UMC has partnered with Lost Mountain MS to help improve the quality of the educational experience for both students and teachers.  Please consider volunteering your time during the week to help students with their homework during the school day. It’s a great way to use your talents to make a huge impact in the lives of our local students.  Tutoring resumes in September of 2017.
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

An opportunity to serve individual school needs.

Clarkdale Elementary School
Due West Elementary
Harrison High School
Kennesaw Mountain High School
Lost Mountain Middle School
Pitner Elementary School