See what the love of God and a catering truck can do:
The shiny white-and-silver Loaves & Fishes RI truck is a gathering place for poor and homeless individuals throughout Rhode Island. Those in need are drawn to the truck for fresh sandwiches, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cookies, and more. They are warmed by coffee and hot chocolate – and by the compassion and love of our volunteers.
Join us in serving our brothers and sisters in need:
Our thriving ministry brings together multiple churches and hundreds of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. We share one truck and a common purpose: to serve the homeless and working poor by providing food, clothing, hygiene products, and other basic necessities. The Loaves & Fishes RI truck makes no less than 19 visits a month to multiple sites statewide. While our fundamental mission is to feed the hungry, our broader purpose is to empower individuals to serve their communities with compassion and love. There are so many ways to pitch in – all it takes is an open heart and a willingness to serve your fellow Rhode Islanders.
The Barrington United Methodist Church is a partner church in LFRI. If you are interested in learning more and becoming involved, please contact: Faythe Herdrich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-254-2120. Allen Scott (truck issues), email@example.com, 401-247-1074.
Click this link for LRFI Mission news: http://www.valleybreeze.com/2018-04-10/living/recipe-box-stepping-outside-my-comfort-zone#.WuM4lUxFwx1
Peanut Butter & Jelly Crew:
There are many components to making the Loaves & Fishes runs possible, and therefore many ways you can participate! Above is our Barrington United Methodist Church Peanut Butter & Jelly Crew, who gathers to make sandwiches, sort clothing, package toiletries, and enjoy fellowship.
Fellowship Luncheons/Lunch Bunch:
Every other month the Barrington United Methodist Church hosts Fellowship Luncheons. These events are free and are open to any who would like to join. Originally geared to gather those in our congregation who find the 9:00 AM worship time difficult, they began to keep people connected and to provide an opportunity for fellowship. Over time they have grown to include several other churches and continue to be a source of joy as we gather to break bread together over a homecooked meal. Oftentimes music is added by Jim Haas on the banjo and there is a program element regarding one of our current missions. On the alternate months that there are not luncheons, a group called the “Lunch Bunch” will meet at a local restaurant. Please see our calendar page for more information. To learn more or to RSVP for an outing or luncheon, please contact Anne Gass at (401) 247-7680 or Anne3@cox.net.
Eat/Stay/Pray occurs the first Sunday of every month and includes a homemade breakfast, Family Sunday (kids stay during worship, ring the hand bells, and are welcome to join at a craft table during the sermon), communion (unfermented juice and open to all), Food Pantry Sunday (goods are placed on the altar for TAP-IN: our local food kitchen), and a cozy, inspiring worship environment among family and friends. Breakfasts begin at 8:30 AM and continues through the 9:00 AM worship experience. All are always welcome with “Open Hears, Open Minds, & Open Doors!”
Building Relationships by Integrating Discipleship in Generational Education
- “Live B.I.G.” Sunday school curriculum (Kindergarten and up) begins after Children’s Moments during worship
- Joint Youth Group (Barrington UMC & First UMC of Warren/Bristol) for Grades 6-12; Meets bi-weekly at Barrington UMC during the school year and always includes a potluck dinner. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to stay and be a part of their own parent support group.
- Joint Bible Studies (Barrington UMC & First UMC of Warren/Bristol): Led by Rev. Ames; open to all ages and held at the Barrington Parsonage (224 Washington Road) on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM
- Staffed Nursery during worship for children ages 5 and under
- Creating Worship Visuals & Playing Hand Bells (no experience needed!)
- Intergenerational Outreach Ministries such as caroling
- Intergenerational Christmas Pageant/Worship Skits
- Intergenerational Group Outings such as bowling at Dudek Lanes & sledding
The Barrington United Methodist is a proud sponsoring member of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. Their mission statement:
“The Rhode Island Council of Churches, grounded in the Christian message and seeking to be followers of Jesus, gathers denominations, congregations, organizations, faith leaders, and individuals to serve as a catalyst for ecumenical, cultural, and interfaith dialogue; offer resources to and with each other; advocate for peace and social justice.”
Visit the RISCC website for more information about current events/gatherings at http://councilofchurchesri.org/
Walk to Emmaus is a way for persons to renew their Christian discipleship. Pilgrims walk a new road to Emmaus and find their hearts “strangely warmed.” At this crossroads a person is lifted up into a grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others. It is a place of convergence for diverse peoples from a variety of locations. It also incorporates the cross – the symbol of Christ and the Christian faith – and the meeting on the road to Emmaus where Jesus opens the scriptures and reveals himself to those who seek him.
Sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. The highly structured weekend is designed to strengthen and invigorate the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live. Emmaus combines the efforts of laity and clergy to renew the Church.
Many in our congregation have experienced the love of the Walk to Emmaus and continue to gather on the fourth Tuesday of every month for fellowship and to continue to share their faith journeys.