At Dilworth Church, we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to reach out to those who society has ignored and empower them through the love of Jesus. We are actively involved in our city and in our world through several efforts. For more information on any of these opportunities, reach out to Jared.
Dilworth’s Reconciling Group seeks to share in the United Methodist journey as the faith struggles with sexual orientation, by facilitating discussions at a local level through the lens of love and respect for all. We are affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a Christian and United Methodist organization committed to the justice imperative of the Gospel. Dilworth’s group meets regularly, studying the issue of sexuality and the church, and working to make both Dilworth and the broader United Methodist Church more open and accepting of all. The group is open to anyone who would like to learn and grow with us.
Room in the Inn
What is Room In The Inn?
Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for our homeless neighbors during the winter months. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep; serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch); and returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program is a unique way for people of faith to become directly involved with people who are homeless. The simple goal is to keep homeless neighbors from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship, at least for a night, and a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue.
Members, friends and family have many opportunities to use their gifts to participate in this program. We will host homeless guests for 10 evenings during the winter months. Volunteers are needed in all capacities: drivers, cooks, hosts, and cleaners, among others. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to help!
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Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Assistance Ministry is the Mecklenburg County “emergency room” for low-income families who are unable to pay for utilities. Free clothes, small household goods, and furniture are also available through CAM to help the families stretch the money they have.
CAM was begun in 1975 by several churches who felt that assistance could be better provided if efforts were combined into one location, which initially was at DUMC. CAM has grown tremendously over the years, now filling a large building. Monies for assistance come from individuals, churches, foundations and government funds.
Volunteers are used in many areas: interviewing families who are requesting financial aid to determine cause and eligibility; helping with clerical work in the business office; sorting donated clothes; and of course donating clothes and furniture. There is a large wooden box in the lobby near the parking lot door if you have items you wish to donate. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, click here.
Reid Park Elementary
Dilworth Church supports Reid Park Academy (a K-8th school in West Charlotte) throughout the school year in a variety of ways. Below are some of the ways you can help:
- 1. Become a tutor, lunch buddy or student mentor. This commitment requires approximately 30 – 45 minutes at least twice a month. Work with a student or group of students on reading, math and homework or simply join your assigned student in the lunch room and be their special friend. These opportunities occur during the school year during school hours (approx 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM)
2. Become a Media Aid. Shelve books and assist in the media center. Hours similar to above.
3. Provide new uniforms. They can ALWAYS use uniform items which include: Navy or Khaki pants, shorts, girls jumpers or skorts, Navy or White collared shirts, preferably “golf shirts”. Cargo pants are NOT acceptable. Sizes from children’s 5 up to size 16 are most popular. Slim and Husky can also be used. A uniform Bin will be set up in the social hall.
4. Provide Teacher Support. Provide refreshments for a weekly faculty meeting. Participate in Teacher Appreciation week. Donate gift items and gift cards to be used as raffle items at meetings. Adopt a teacher for the year and send cards and emails showing your support.
5. Provide Financial Support for Cultural Arts Activities. Reid Park has no budget for these type of activities. You and/or your group could raise money for various class trips during the year. Last year Dilworth paid for a large percentage of the 4th Grade Class Trip to Old Salem. Church members and UMW groups have also sent classes to The Nutcracker and Children’s Theatre events.
6. Add your name to the List of Volunteers for one- time events. DUMC gets frequent requests during the school year for volunteers at Halloween parties, “Read Ins”, Test Proctors, EOG Fair and similar events that sometimes occur outside of school hours.
Every 4th Monday our church prepares and serves dinner at the Men's Shelter and feeds over 250 men who would possibly not eat otherwise. On these Mondays, we need 4-6 people each month to come at 4:30pm and help prepare and serve dinner to these men who are less fortunate than us. Think about how much a warm meal would means to those who are out in the elements every day. You can make a difference by simply helping in the kitchen!! The dinner will wrap up around 6:45pm and the best part is you don't even have to clean up.
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2016 DUMC HABITAT BUILD: We’ve got LOTS--now we need you! Join DUMC and other area churches for the Charlotte Church Partners’ Habitat for Humanity project as we turn two empty LOTS into homes for two deserving families. We need LOTS of volunteers and there are a LOT of ways you can help--framing, painting, bringing lunch for volunteers, etc. Build dates are September 17 through November 19, and DUMC is the site host on Saturday, November 12. To volunteer, sign up here: http://www.habitatcharlotte.o
rg/volunteer/charlotte-church- partners-2016(our code is 1686), fill out a form (available in the Narthex or Jones building), or contact Jennifer Meier, moc.r1519600602r.ani1519600602lorac1519600602@reie1519600602mwj1519600602 or Kindl Detar, moc.l1519600602iamg@1519600602nnihs1519600602ldnik1519600602. DUMC had an amazing turnout last year--let's do it again!