Local Ministries

Local Ministries

Waterford Area CROP Walk

This event typically takes place one Sunday afternoon in early October.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Everyone can participate in this annual event as either a walker or in sponsoring a walker.

Blessings in a Backpack – Waterford

Every Wednesday at Riverside Elementary School.
A national program, Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend food for children in our local schools who are living below the poverty level. Many prayers, volunteer hours, and donations have kept this program going. Since 2011, it has met the needs of some of the hungry children in our community. All are welcome to donate, pack, and distribute.


This ministry occurs in November and December each year.
CUMC is in contact with social workers at three Waterford elementary schools to provide clothing to children in Waterford schools. When a child is recommended, all children in their family, from infant through high school, receives pants, top, 2 pair underwear, 2 pair socks, hat, and mittens/gloves. Toddlers and infants also receive diapers if requested. All are welcome to donate to help to organize donations. Volunteers are also needed around the holiday to pack and deliver the clothing to local schools.

Good Samaritan Program

This ministry provides financial assistance to those in our community and surrounding areas. By helping people pay their debts, they can remain in their homes, keep the utilities on, or keep or find employment with the now-working automobile. Good Sam is open to everyone to donate and is administered by Central staff.

Rummage Sale

This event happens one week each year in the spring.
This ministry provides low-cost shopping opportunities to the community and raises money for local mission partners that Central supports. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to donate, help set up, and help run the event.

HOPE Shelter

This ministry is in action one or two weeks per year, typically during the winter months.
Two times per year Central feeds upwards of 60 homeless people from the community at HOPE Shelter. All are welcome to help prepare meals at our church, and people ages 13 and older are welcome to serve at the warming shelter.