Serving Opportunities

Specific opportunities to serve can be found in the newsletter.

Volunteer at St. Paul's

Click the button to see the many areas of serving at St. Paul's and sign up as a volunteer. (Volunteer work with children and youth require a back ground check.)

Love in Action

We are involved in meeting needs in the Lawton Community. These are some of the ways we are involved.

Family Promise

Family Promise provides housing for homeless families in the Lawton area. St. Paul’s is one of the churches who host families for a week at a time providing food and shelter.

Ways you can help:

  • Be an overnight host.  Usually we spend the night at the church, but for now, we are spending the night at the Family Promise Day Center.
  • Provide meals for the families.  Family Promise is always happy to have frozen meals that they can pull out of the freezer in case there is a day someone hasn’t volunteered to cook.
  • When we meet again at the church, we need help with set up and take down of the bedrooms.

For more information click FAMILY PROMISE OF LAWTON.

St. John's Feeding Ministry

We provide a lunch-time meal once a month at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church 1504 SW N H Jones Ave, Lawton, OK 73501. St. John’s Feeding Ministry provides lunch Monday – Friday for those who need it.

Ways you can help:

  • Volunteer to serve in the kitchen one Wednesday a month.
  • Volunteer to visit with the diners
Lawton Food Bank

We host a food drive periodically that benefits the LAWTON FOOD BANK.  We also occasionally go as a group to serve at the food bank to help in any way necessary.

Red Cross

Working with the RED CROSS, we host a blood drive approximately four times a year.

Hungry Hearts Feeding Ministry

Hungry Hearts is a new program in the Lawton Community to provide food for hungry hearts.  You can learn more about them at their Facebook page HUNGRY HEARTS FEEDING MINISTRY.

Volunteer Self Reporting

In addition to working with community organizations as a community of faith, may people of  St. Paul’s work in community organizations and agencies on their own to serve in the community.   When we volunteer and serve, we do so as a response to God’s grace in our lives.  Here are the many ways the people of St. Paul’s serves beyond the church:

 

Family Promise
Lawton Police Department Sentinel Program
Kairos/Torch (Prison Ministry)
Comanche County Memorial Hospital
AARP Taxaide
St. John’s Feeding Ministry
Redemption Church (Prison Ministry)
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Other (stuff blessing boxes, etc.)
Military Welcome Center
CASA
Wesley Foundation at Cameron University
Events by Our Team (Fundraising)
Lawton Chapter of AMBUCS
Lawton Boy’s Home
Neighborhood Watch
Hungry Hearts
Lawton Community Theater
SW Oklahoma Chapter of the Military Officers Association
International Festival
Veteran’s Home
PTA (Lawton Public Schools)
The Red Cord
Lawton Pro Musica Board
Arts for All Board
PEO (Women’s Philanthropic Organization)
Lawton Board of Realtors – Ed Team
Salvation Army

St. Paul’s works in the Lawton Community an approximate average of 450 hours a month–that’s 5,400 hours a year!  Thank you for all who responded to share where you are the body Christ and people of St. Paul’s in the community.

Ministry Beyond Our Community

As part of the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we are connected in mission and ministry around the state and around the world.

Disaster Reponse

When disaster strikes–anywhere in the world–the United Methodist Church is there.  Through our Oklahoma Disaster Response Ministry to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (a global ministry of the UMC), we are at the scene of a disaster second only to the Red Cross and we stay until all the work of recovery is finished–no matter how long it takes.  For more information:

OKLAHOMA DISASTER RESPONSE MINISTRIES

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF

When you give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in response to a disaster, 100% of your giving goes to disaster response.  Each year in March, a special offering is taken for UMCOR Sunday.  This special offering underwrites UMCOR’s administrative costs so that all designated gifts will go to the project you specify. Your gifts ensures UMCOR’s response in times of crisis so that 100% of gifts to UMCOR help those who need it most.

 

Ministry with the Poor

In addition to the work with the Food Bank of Lawton, Family Promise, and other ministries in the Lawton Community, in connection with other churches in the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we support the work and ministry with the poor in Oklahoma City (Skyline and Neighborhood Services Organization), Cookson (Cookson Hills), and Tulsa (Restore Hope).  Check out the work of these agencies.

SKYLINE URBAN MINISTRIES

NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES ORGANIZATION

COOKSON HILLS CENTER

RESTORE HOPE MINISTRIES

Ministry for Children and Youth

Children and youth can find themselves in tenuous situations, whether it is in the foster care system, because of incarcerated parents, or from poor choices.  We believe children and youth are never hopeless, and because of this, we support ministry for the benefit of children and youth in need of hope.

Circle of Care provides residential care and group foster homes, as well as supports foster families.  There are many ways they continue to support the child/youth into young adulthood with their preparation for adult living program.  The ministry extends to homeless mothers and their children.  For more information on

CIRCLE OF CARE

Children with incarcerated parents are given love and support through the New Day Camps program.  At Crosspoint Camp on Lake Texoma, the children are given a camp experience of riding boats, swimming lessons from an Olympic swim coach, biking, fishing, and more.  Additionally, they are shown the love of Christ in real and meaningful ways.  For more information and to sponsor a camper go to

NEW DAY CAMP

Prison Ministries

The Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to break the generational cycle of incarceration.  According to a June 2018 report by the Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rates in the world…  Yes, you read that right.  Systemic poverty, hopelessness, addiction are many reasons why the cycle of incarceration is passed from generation to generation.  The work of CJAMM covers all areas of incarceration from work with the families to restorative and rehabilitative support post incarceration.  For more information check out

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MERCY MINISTRIES

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference provides ministry to Native Americans in a seven state area surrounding and including Oklahoma.

Under the Indian Removal Act, commonly known as “The Trail of Tears” whole tribes were moved from the Eastern and Southeastern states to Indian Territory.  Many among these tribes were converted to Christianity through the Methodist church. They were able to rebuild their communities and with the help of missionaries organize congregations and churches in what came to be known as Oklahoma.

In what was then the Indian Mission Conference, Methodists offered a Christian ministry sensitive to the languages and cultures of more than 30 tribes. The 1972 General Conference acknowledged the importance of the Indian Mission Conference and designated it the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) with “the same rights and powers as an annual conference.”   For more information about the OIMC, check out

OKLAHOMA INDIAN MISSIONARY CONFERENCE

 

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