The Missions Committee continues to offer new ways to share Jesus Christ will others and proclaim the good news. Through our United Methodist connection we participate in relief efforts to catastrophic events in the United States and around the world. On the local level we are a member church of the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches which operates the New Life Thrift Store, the Cape Henlopen Food Basket, the Community Resource Center, and Homeless shelters. Volunteers from Groome UMC participate in these community services. Groome UMC operates a Breakfast Mission and the Lewes Baby Pantry on site; and Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Fellowship Hall. We also collect used shoes and eyeglasses for shipment to other countries.
Every Saturday morning 7:00-10:00 a.m. we serve breakfast to anyone who would like to join us for Christian fellowship and a hot meal. This is offered to not only satisfy physical needs, but to share the love of Christ and minister to the whole person.
Our Baby Pantry began in 2010 supplying pampers and good used baby clothes to clients in the Cape Henlopen and Indian River School Districts. The pantry is open the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. To register and receive this service a WIC card, Medicaid card, and proper ID is needed. Due to the growth of this ministry, we have applied for outside grants and welcome contributions.
An AA group meets every Friday at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This is an open meeting serving anyone in the community who desires to attend.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes:
Since its inception, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. The FCA mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and then serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Groome Church supports the local Cape Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization during weekly student initiated chapels with the Cape Henlopen football and basketball teams by supplying volunteers and food. This is another outreach of our church to the young people of our community.
Project 20/20 — Improving Vision Around the World:
We have started a brand new mission at Groome! The new mission is Project 20/20-“Improving Vision Around the World.” Since Project 20/20 began in 1992, over 40,000 persons have received the gift of better vision in over 30 countries on five continents. Additionally, over 50,000 sunglasses have been distributed to prevent blindness in tropical and high altitude countries. We are collecting your unwanted sunglasses and eyeglasses. They will be processed, and then distributed to medical teams who will be dispensing them for free to the poor in Central
America, South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. If it were not for such volunteer medical teams the poor in underdeveloped areas would have little or no vision care at all. These glasses are desperately needed, and this mission depends on churches like
ours to make a difference.
Project 20/20 is hoping to collect glasses on an ongoing basis. A container to hold the glasses will be in Fellowship Hall along with a poster that explains the mission. These glasses will be put to use as soon as they are received. We have also placed containers at the Ocean Point Grille at Five Points and C K's Hair Port on Coastal Highway.