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Tangible Outreach


“…and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”   -James 2:18


Regardless of your age or physical ability you can serve God by expressing love to all in real, meaningful, tangible ways.



Our Mission Partners are:

Starshine Preschool - Starshine preschool is housed right here at Independence First United Methodist Church.  

Starshine is a safe, loving environment where children grow and learn of God's love.  Click here for more info. 




Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Thrift Store – Throughout the year, you can make an impact by praying for the working team and people entering the program, donating cash for food, non-perishable food products and paper goods directly to Hillcrest Transitional Housing.  You can also support the Thrift Stores in the metro area by donating clothing, household items, furniture, books, toys, etc., or by shopping and/or volunteering your time.


Visit their website to learn more about Hillcrest:



Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School For the 2016-2017 school year, prayer partners from

Independence First United Methodist Church have been linked with a member of the professional

team at Thomas Hart Benton Elementary to pray daily on a one to one basis.  This will be our second

year of praying for the Thomas Hart Benton staff.  Several times throughout the previous school year,

it was reported by many of the staff, what a difference prayer was making in the life of the school.

There is nothing more powerful than prayer! 


It is also an amazing pleasure to volunteer time in the school with the kids and as a support to the

professional team.  There are some committed people who volunteer on a weekly basis, but there is always a greater need, such as helping with health fairs, reading with students, book fairs, Christmas store, passing out popcorn, etc.  




Community Breakfast

Independence First United Methodist Church (400 W Maple Ave.) holds a monthly Community

Breakfast on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.   This is more than a

ministry to the hungry, but also an outreach to build connections in our community!  We want

to get to know our neighbors! Come and chat with us while enjoying free hot pancakes, ham,

fruit etc. etc. Enter on the Spring Street side of the building.  There is also a small kids area

inside with toys and games so bring the kiddos!  Hope to see you there!




These are just a few examples of what Independence First United Methodist Church is doing - Connecting Faith to Life in many tangible ways to better make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!  Ask how you can be a part of this great work.


** Before entering into Mission or Volunteer Work, you are highly encouraged to read Robert D. Lupton’s book, “Toxic Charity”. 



Adopt-A-Street Program

At least six times per year, teams from Independence First United Methodist Church clean up Spring Street, between Truman Road and 24 Highway.  The objective of Adopt-A-Street is to generate public awareness of ways to improve the environment.  Since God created the Earth, it is our resonsibility to keep it clean. 

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