Missions and Community Outreach
Commitment to serving others beyond the four walls is an important part of our calling in Christ Jesus. We provide both financial support as well as face-to-face and hands on opportunities, which embody the love of Jesus for others. We seek to be in mission work locally, nationally, and globally, or as we put it: Here, Across the Street, and Around the World.
The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center is open during the holidays. You can call for help with a mental health or addiction crisis 24/7 at: 1-800-NEXT-STEP (or locally 410-874-0711). There is no charge. Don’t be discouraged if not insured - they will work with you regardless of your insurance coverage status or ability to pay.
COVID-19 Testing Sites: Need a COVID test? Find a site near you (by distance, test type, pediatric availability, etc.) by visiting the link below:
This form will allow you to register online with the Maryland Department of Health to be tested for COVID-19 at select sites throughout Maryland.
MedStar Health Urgent Care centers require that all patients seeking a COVID-19 test see a provider for evaluation in order to determine which COVID test is right for them. The only patients who can be tested at MedStar Urgent Care without a full evaluation are those who are sent in with a referral for pre-op COVID testing. There are two locations in Harford County:
The UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center partners with ChoiceOne in operating the following urgent care facilities in Harford County:
Flu Shots: According to the CDC getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. If you are interested in getting a flu shot or learning more, check out the CDC's website and locator.
Utility Assistance: The Office of People's Counsel (OPC) strongly encourages anyone who may be eligible for the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) to apply now and not wait for a turn-off notice. Many consumers apply to OHEP, but do not include all of the required documents needed for their application to be immediately processed. OHEP has created a very helpful list of all acceptable documentation on their website. OPC has adapted this list and added some tips on how to apply.
Housing: All eviction moratoriums are set to expire at the end of December 2020. The moratorium on evictions has not been extended at this time. The Fair Action Center of Maryland has put together a list of COVID rental assistance programs by county.
Grocery / Meal Assistance & Food Pantries: The organization Healthy Harford distributes food throughout Harford County. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, click here for more information on these services.
HCPS Free Breakfast & Lunch Program: Harford County Public Schools provide FREE meal kit pick-ups from 12:00 to 1:00 PM every week, which any student enrolled in Harford County public schools can receive, regardless of age. Nutritious breakfast and lunch meal kits are available as a single pick-up at several locations throughout the county - click here for the full list of pick-up locations and their addresses. Children DO NOT have to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals at their school, or be formally enrolled in their school's distribution location. Any questions, please call the Harford County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Office at: 410-638-4078.
Grief Share: Our Grief Share facilitators, for health & safety issues, have decided not to resume in-person Grief Share groups at this time, BUT THERE IS HELP AND HOPE!
Grief Share is being offered online - simply visit GriefShare.org, insert your zip code in the "Find a Group" box, and a listing of churches appears. From there, just choose a church and click on its dates. You will then have the option to send an email or call the contact person listed for the participating church; he/she will then contact you with the information on how to sign up for the online program.
Presently, Harford Community Church is meeting online, Sundays at 12:00 PM. The program runs through September 6. (Remember, one can join at any time, as one session does not build upon the next.) Pleasant View Baptist Church meets on Mondays at 6:00 PM from August 10 through November 9. Haven Community Church in North East, MD, is transitioning to in-person sessions beginning on Monday, August 10 at 6:30 PM running through November 9.
Coming Soon: Grace Community Church plans to have online sessions starting Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM. This group will run through December 9.
Remember, God IS with you and He WILL walk with you on your journey from grief to joy.
Heirloom Victory Garden: During World Wars I and II, home victory gardens were promoted to support the war efforts to provide the civilian population with fresh produce.
A contemporary version of these last-century gardens was established at the Moore Family Homestead in 2018 through the collective efforts of the Havre de Grace Green Team, the City of Havre de Grace, and the Historic Preservation Commission: the Heirloom Victory Garden. It is located at the rear of 319 Lafayette Street, beyond the boathouse and backs to Strawberry Lane.
Under the Havre de Grace Green Team’s leadership, the Heirloom Victory Garden’s purpose is to provide fresh produce to local food pantries. In 2019, it donated 1,009 pounds of freshly harvested crops to Saint John’s Cupboard, Grace Place, and Saint Patrick’s Kitchen Door through the efforts of volunteers who plan, plant, weed, and water its various crops in fourteen raised beds. Volunteers are needed to facilitate the upkeep of the garden. Each organization involved with these food pantries, directly or indirectly, is requested to provide volunteers to adopt one or more of the fourteen available beds.
We also encourage community members of all ages, and members of community organizations to participate in this initiative. Many hands certainly make light work, when it comes to helping the Heirloom Victory Garden give back to our community. Can we count on your support? For any further information, please contact Ennise Bloom via email: email@example.com or by cell phone: 410-340-0234.
Summer 2020 - Friday Spanish Class at Fallston UMC! Do you know enough Spanish to order a taco, but not enough to discuss current events or what you did over the weekend? Joy Bufano, Christian educator on the staff of Fallston United Methodist Church, will be offering an intensive and fun 6-week class at Fallston UMC this summer! Class times are currently from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Fridays (evenings a possibility), with some homework and virtual conversation partners during the week.
Teachers, this is your chance to build up your foreign language skills and in the process, build your relationships with Spanish-speaking students and their families! Also great for people planning to travel, go on mission trips, or just wanting to learn enough in order to understand things from a new perspective! The $150 fee includes the book and all other course materials. Both virtual and outdoor meetings will be included. Email or message Joy Bufano for more info at: JoyBufano@gmail.com.
Summer 2020 - Free Summer Meals (Children 18 & Under): When school is out, children are still hungry, and for those children that might otherwise go without meals during the summer, Harford County Public Schools runs the Summer Table Program.
This program serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks at stationary locations throughout the county to all eligible children who are residents of Harford County, age 2 to 18; children do not have to be enrolled in the program serving the meals in order to receive a meal there.
The meal kit pick-up sites in Havre de Grace are the Swan Harbor Mobile Home Park and Havre de Grace Elementary School, which are both open Mondays and Wednesdays through August 31. Swan Harbor is open from 12:00 - 12:30 PM both days and Havre de Grace Elementary is open from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM both days. On Monday, you can stop by either location to pick up 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, and on Wednesday you will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
Habitat for Humanity Seeks AmeriCorps Members for their Construction Team:
Not sure what to do after graduating high school or college? Plans fouled up by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Why not take a year to serve others? Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is looking for individuals to join its AmeriCorps construction team. AmeriCorps is a 10-month long service experience serving on our build sites learning the construction trade and supervising volunteers. Habitat has good safety precautions in place all the time, but especially for COVID-19. AmeriCorps offers a modest stipend, as well as an education award, for completion of the program. No previous construction experience is needed.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact John Lanigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity Needs Construction Volunteers (Aberdeen):
Habitat for Humanity is building a new home at 814A Giles Lane in Aberdeen, MD. We are in the beginning stages of construction, which means we need help with framing and roofing. If you have experience in this skill, or even if you just want to learn how to do this, we are asking for your help! We have plenty of open weekdays for volunteer groups of up to 20 people, as well as a few Saturdays left. Volunteers must be at least 16. Please follow this link to sign up:
Groups should contact Brianne Young at: email@example.com or 410-638-4434 x4 to set up their build day, and individuals can register online using the construction calendar at: www.habitatsusq.org.
October is our Prison Ministry Opportunity: The Maryland Kairos Prison Ministry is a multi-church group of laypersons and clergy that will be sharing God's love with Prisoners and the spouses and family of prisoners. Through prayer, visitation, art, and other means, we sponsor two efforts: the first is Kairos Outside, which is a ministry to the adult women who have been touched by a loved one's incarceration.
A second effort called Kairos Inside sponsors a retreat and monthly prayer visits to the Jessup Men's Prison (MCI-J). Both ministries have big events this October. Stay tuned for more opportunities to share. More information about Kairos can be found at: www.marylandkairos.org. Please contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with the coordinators if you are interested.
We are involved in or support the following organizations in our community:
Grace Place at St. John's Episcopal Church
Children of Zion Village in Namibia
Baltic Theological Seminary in Tallin, Estonia
Camp Gideon in Estonia
Grace United Methodist Church (and Pastor's Salary) in Sillamae, Estonia
The Havre de Grace United Methodist Church was recognized by the Harford County Council for partnering with the Harford Hope for the Homeless Alliance for the 2016-2017 winter emergency rotating shelter: