The United Methodist Union provides ongoing or occasional funding for mission centers, Union-created initiatives, and an insurance program in metropolitan Detroit, including:
Brightmoor One Stop Shop
On the first Saturday of December, hundreds of families living in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood attend the Brightmoor One-Stop Shop.
Each family works with a volunteer who serves as a personal shopper to help adults find just the right items for their family’s needs, while their children enjoy fun activities in another part of the church.
One-Stop Shop is sponsored by the University of Michigan Detroit Partnership, the United Methodist Union, and the Brightmoor campus of Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Dozens of volunteers help to sort merchandise, set up the shop, and assist shoppers.
Urban Methodist Youth Camp
The Urban Methodist Youth Camp (UMYC) is a Christ-centered, affordable, fun, overnight camp for youth that provides life-changing experiences, encourages new friendships, and promotes personal faith explorations among youth.
The three main objectives of the UMYC are to assist youth:
- With spiritual formation and support youth in their faith journeys,
- In developing positive relationships with peers and adults; and,
- In developing and strengthening important life skills.
Cass Community Social Services
A comprehensive urban ministry based out of the Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit, Cass Community Social Services is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the diverse populations it serves by providing for basic needs.
Cass Community Social Services offers numerous programs for the community including affordable housing, promoting self-reliance and encouraging community involvement and community improvement.
United Methodist Union Insurance Program
Since 2001, the United Methodist Union has offered a voluntary insurance program providing affordable insurance to congregations in the East and West Districts. Managed by Keith Howard at the Worship Service Company, the insurance program is competitive in coverage and cost.
Keith works closely with trustees and congregations, providing advice for making informed decisions about insurance needs. More information about the programs is available in their insurance brochure (PDF: 168K).
Samaritan Counseling Center
The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan is a pastoral counseling center, providing counseling and psychotherapy that integrates the best in psychological and psychiatric theory and practice with the resources of the client’s religious/faith tradition.
Pastoral counselors utilize a holistic approach in their counseling, giving attention to intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions.
Since 1981, the Baldwin Center has served the community of Pontiac, Michigan providing more than 25 programs for the surrounding neighborhood.
Programs include adult and family services, food services, youth services, and day care. The mission of the center is to feed, clothe, educate and empower the men, women, and children of our community.
The NOAH Project
An effort of Central United Methodist Church Community Development Corporation in Detroit, Networking Organizing Advocating for the Health of the Homeless (The NOAH Project) addresses the health needs of homeless people in the core area of Detroit, providing counseling, education, advocacy and organizing services.
The Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center provides free on-site primary health care to individuals and families without health insurance and who can’t afford the cost of primary health care.
Young Leaders Initiative
Led by Rev. Carl Gladstone, Young Leaders Initiative provides transforming inter-cultural Christian experiences for youth and young adults through three programs: Motown Mission, Motor City Wesley, and Foundry House.
The Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church serves nearly 750 United Methodist churches with over 120,000 members throughout Michigan.
The Greater Detroit District of the United Methodist Church encompasses 79 churches and 5 multi-point charges in southeastern Lower Peninsula Michigan.
The Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples.