Our Core Values

Trust God. Honor Everyone. Reach Out In Service.

Our church has a long history of providing outreach ministries in downtown Gulfport, as well as partnering with local organizations to better serve our community .  On this page, you will find several ways you can help members of our community in need. You can also let us know how you'd like to get involved (just keep scrolling!).

  • West Elementary School Partnership

    We strive to support the teachers and administration of West Elementary School in Gulfport with monthly PTA (Praise Through Action) offerings. Our aim to to support those who support the children and families in our local community. Monthly offerings include providing class parties, snacks and supplies for teachers, clothing for the nurses office, and lunch for the staff. If you would like to participate in this partnership please contact Jill Senn.

  • Snack bag ministry

    As many as 15 people will likely come by our church every day needing assistance, food or transportation. Consider volunteering to help provide brown bag meals with non-perishable food items when needed. Savvy shoppers and brown bag packers are needed.

  • W.I. Smith Benevolence Community Assistance fund

    FUMC collects offerings year round to offer assistance to those who need help with paying utility bills, gas and other immediate needs on a case by case basis. Our Benevolence Community Assistance Fund stays depleted, and we rarely have enough money to meet all the needs. Consider making a donation on a regular basis so that we can help those needing an extra hand to get back on their feet.

  • congregational care

    Volunteers serve and work with pastors and other members of FUMC in caring for those in our congregation. Opportunities include: visiting people in hospitals or in times of need, caring for our homebound, providing meals for new parents and/or bereaved families & individuals and simply making a difference in a person’s life by showing care and concern.

  • This local community kitchen has served the hungry since 1974.  Volunteers are needed to operate the serving line and deliver meals along six established routes Monday-Friday.

    Our church provides sack lunches to the hungry and/or homeless in the parking lot at Feed My Sheep on the third Sunday of every month. Volunteers are needed to purchase food, pack and dispense sack lunches until either the line or packed lunches run out.


    This ministry provides showers and laundry services to the homeless at the Salvation Army, 

    8:20 -11:30 am and 12:20 - 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Male and female volunteers are needed to register people, assist with laundry and monitor shower facilities.


    This ministry provides a warm, safe place to sleep during extreme cold weather (below 35ºF). Volunteers are needed to register participants, assign cots, serve dinner and monitor the operation for the following shifts: 

    4 - 8 pm, 6 - 10 pm, 10 pm - 2 am, 2 - 6 am, 6 - 8 am.

    Donations of the following items are gratefully accepted:

    • socks & underwear for women and men
    • disposable razors & shaving cream
    • toothpaste & toothbrushes
    • foot powder
    • hand sanitizer
    • reading glasses
    • gloves, scarves, hats, belts
    • bandaids & Neosporin
    • jackets
  • Provides weekly food bank (2 times a week) and medical clinic services several times a month to those in need.

  • Since 1991, Seashore Mission has been a day center of hospitality and healing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The mission provides food, clothes, shoes, showers, laundry service, medical support, and  case management for our homeless community. Volunteers are needed to work the front desk, daily events, the clothing and shoe stores and more.

  • Back Bay Mission offers a variety of ministries serving the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the people of the United Church of Christ. Ministries include education and empowerment, emergency assistance, housing rehabilitation, The Micah Day Center and Homelessness Outreach, mission trips, internships and supportive housing.

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