Mission & Outreach
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – John 3:17-18
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. “I Was in Prison and You Visited Me”…..Matthew 25:36
The Kairos Prison Ministry forms teams of Christians who become TDCJ Certified Volunteers to serve at TDCJ Units. We accept forty-two inmates per weekend, and put on two weekends per year in the Bartlett, TX State jail. Kairos encourages the selection of leader inmates, both positive and negative. Many times the forty-two participants will include those who are seemingly unlovable. Once God changes the hearts of the residents, we have found that they have a great influence in the environments of their Unit. In addition to the volunteers that go into the prison, adults and children of our congregation support this ministry through prayers, letters of love and encouragement and baking cookies. It is our privilege to have the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus and then show them the love he has shown us. With “God’s Special Time” they have the opportunity to know the Kingdom of God.
For information about joining the Kairos Ministry, please contact Willie Johnson.
Caring for and witnessing to others is one of our most important duties as Christians. The Caring Ministry provides ongoing contact through visits, telephone calls, and cards to sick and shut-in, and mature Wesley church members. By reaching out to others we reach out to God.
Should you have information pertaining to someone who is sick or shut-in, or for information on joining the Caring Ministry, please contact the church office (478-7007) or June Murphy.
The Evangelism Ministry is responsible for welcoming all people into the congregation so that they may develop a relationship with God. It supports the mission of the church by promoting it as a place of worship, education, and Christian fellowship.
Anyone interested in loving and nurturing people for Jesus Christ is invited to be on this vital ministry team. Please contact Carla Hoxie for additional information.
Love Works Ministry
The LoveWorks Ministry operates through a partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas, to provide mentorship to children with an incarcerated parent. The core of the ministry is a group of volunteer mentors who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the children. Mentors offer consistent, reliable friendship, share in the children’s interests and activities, and tutor them with schoolwork. Over time, mentors will also develop close and supportive relationships with the children and their families. LoveWorks was developed to provide them a different path—by establishing the consistent presence of loving, caring mentors, people of faith. LoveWorks was established in 2007 at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Some noted BBBS activities include “Hobie Day” and the BBBS Scholarship Program. Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and the AustinCats organize “Hobie Day”, an annual sailing event for hundreds of kids in the BBBS program. “Bigs” and “Littles” enjoy swimming and sailing on catamarans and sailboats. There is the “BBBS Promising Futures Scholarship Ceremony” which recognizes mentees for making a promise to stay in school and who later fulfill that same promise when they graduate. The process earns scholarship funds of $2,000 or more toward higher education. Also here at our home base, Wesley UMC, our congregation lends support to LoveWorks Ministry’s efforts, with donations for our annual School Bell Project and Christmas Giving Tree. Our LoveWorks Ministry has the distinction of being awarded with Community Volunteer of the Year for 2016 by the Austin Independent School District.
At the heart of LoveWorks mentorships are the ongoing one-to-one mentor/mentee activities. “Bigs” commit to spending no less than 3-4 hours monthly with their “Littles” in “outings”. These are activities for fun and growth, activities that promote living healthy, successful lifestyles.
“We love because He first loved us.”—1 John 4:19
For more information on Missions at Wesley, please contact Bettye Washington.
Women's Outreach Ministry
For any church to remain strong, it must have the support of its members. To this end, the Women’s Outreach Ministry provides and implements activities aimed at creating Christian unity among church members and the community at large. Activities are designed to reach all ages, sexes, religions.
For information on joining the Women’s Outreach Ministry, please contact Nettie Roby.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)
BridgeBuilders is a Racial Reconciliation Ministry in the United Methodist Church. The BridgeBuilders Ministry began as an outgrowth of a Lenten study on racial reconciliation in 2003 at University UMC as taught by the Rev. Rosie L. Johnson. Rev. Johnson continues to serve as spiritual advisor for BridgeBuilders. Marva McCrea (Wesley UMC) and Chad Fulton (University UMC) serve as co-chairs.
Participating churches in this ministry are: Wesley UMC, University UMC, and Berkeley UMC. For information on joining the Wesley BridgeBuilders, please contact Marva McCrea.