The United Methodist Church in Sutherland has begun a new clothing ministry, inspired in part by their engagement with the Healthy Church Initiative process. Leaders have been praying and working on articulating God’s vision for the church since January.
Their pastor, Robin Thomas, says, “They’ve picked up on the fact that mission and ministry needs to be held up and examined” so members are intentional about reaching out to the people of their community.
One woman’s passion for mission has led to a new ministry, “God’s Closet.” The garage by the parish house has be converted to a distribution center for free clothing.
Jean Leonard “has become the initiator, team builder and head cheerleader” for this new outreach, said Pastor Thomas. The closet offers a wide assortment of sizes and styles of clothing.
A recent announcement on their Facebook page offered this invitation to their guests: “Are you in need of school clothes or shoes for your kids? For yourself? Then this is for you. God’s Closet is anonymous. Just come in and if something will help, it’s yours. If you later have something you could give, then pay the gift forward.”
The Healthy Church Initiative is supported in part with $19,200 in apportionment gifts to the Northwest District budget in 2017 from the United Methodist churches of Iowa.