What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. – James 2:14-17 (NRSV)

The Outreach ministry of Broadway United Methodist Church focuses on sharing God’s abundance with those in need. We seek to be intentional, inclusive and engaged in working to eradicate poverty of mind, body, and spirit. We are committed to reaching out in our local community, across the country, and around the world to address issues such as:

  • Hunger and food insecurity
  • Housing
  • Living expenses
  • Life skills
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness

We are inspired by the social witness of Jesus, which calls on us to love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with our God. We support activities and programs that affirm each person as a whole, loved, and gifted human being. We prayerfully seek to emulate Jesus’ model of compassionate caring and justice, consistent with the Mission and Social Creed of the United Methodist Church. We try to faithfully respond to sensitive issues of social justice as reflected in a broad variety of activities and ministries which are selected or reaffirmed each year.

The Outreach Committee of Broadway United Methodist Church meets regularly each month and sponsors activities designed to help others year-round. See the calendar for our next meeting. 

Service Opportunities

Brown Food Pantry – Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, We open our Brown Food Pantry to assist those who are hungry in Blount County. We are always open to having new volunteers. Volunteers are scheduled to work one Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 am every 2 months or more often if they so choose. If you would like to serve, contact, the office@broadwayumc.net for more information. 

Salvation Army Lunch – Broadway United Methodist Church partners with the Salvation Army to provide free lunches to anyone in need every Friday in our Fellowship Hall. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1 pm. Service is from 10 am to 1 pm. If you would like to serve email Maureen Diffley, Maureen.Diffley@uss.salvationarmy.org

Habitat for Humanity – We often partner with Habitat on short term projects. Read our Broadway Briefs for current projects. 

Mission Projects – Mission teams from Broadway have gone to North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Mexico to assist with disaster response and medical needs. Watch Broadway Briefs for new opportunities.  

UMCOR – We also partner with our denomination through the United Methodist Church on Relief (UMCOR) to help with disaster relief, medical need, clean water or other needs that arise. You can either give directly (donate here) or watch Broadway Briefs for hands-on projects throughout the year. 

YSF – Youth Service Fund is a project run by United Methodist teens to raise money for other teens doing ministry in their churches and communities impacting poverty, illiteracy, absenteeism, and social justice. The Youth Service Fund is a unique ministry because it is run completely by, with and for youth. (For more information)

Family Promise – Volunteers are needed to serve as evening or overnight hosts for situationally homeless families on designated nights during one week per quarter. For information, watch Broadway Briefs.