We serve in Bonaire and Houston County

In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus declared that by feeding and clothing the poor, we are serving him. For that reason we are called to serve our community with basic needs.

  • book nook

    The Book Nook is a second library for Reading On My Mind Inc., a literacy nonprofit.  The mission is to provide free books to individuals who may not be able to have access to a library or book store.  The Book Nook opens in conjunction with the food pantry and clothes closet, and will continue to accept donations of books.

    The Book Nook will be open every 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

  • clothes closet

    This Ministry opened in December of 2014. It follows the same schedule as the Food Pantry and has consistently  provided clothing to the clients who come for food. Thanks to generous donations, this ministry is giving away nearly 100 pieces of clothing every time its doors are open. The people who receive clothes are so very grateful. It is a heartwarming ministry for those who are involved.

    The Clothing Closet is open every 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

  • Food pantry

    We are a church food pantry that provides groceries to those who come and apply for help on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.  We feed approximately 80-100 families each time we open our doors.  We are staffed by volunteers who feel led to this calling and are seeking to fulfill God's purpose in their lives by providing for those in need.

    The Food Pantry is open every 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

    How can you help?

    1. Volunteer on Fridays. Call the church office at (478) 923-7317 for more information.

    2. Donate money during worship or through our secure, online system here.

    3. Donate items directly. Monthly items always needed:

    Canned Food - Meat, fruit, soup;  

    Boxed/bagged Food - Rice, pasta, cereal;

    Hygiene Items - Baby wipes, soap, deodorant;

    Clothing - New packages of undergarments and socks are always needed.

    4. Allow your own groceries to help feed others.

    The Kroger Community Rewards program allows Bonaire United Methodist Church to earn points and  money, which can buy food and supplies for our Food Pantry. Simply login into your members and/or register online at KrogerCommunityRewards.com.

    • Our NPO number is 84225 so ensure you enter this as the  NPO number and click on confirm. 
    • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page. 
    • If you use your phone number at the register at Kroger, call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number. 
    • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

We serve in South Georgia

The disciples were instructed to serve locally and globally, but in the region around their home, as well. Bonaire is intimately connected to great ministries that serve children, care for adults with special challenges, and help raise up leaders to serve future generations. 

Methodist Home for Children and Youth

In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of The Methodist Home is to be a model agency that restores childhoods, strengthens families, and cultivates a people-building organization. Started in the years following the Civil War, the organization began its journey from an orphanage to a residential treatment and foster care provider, that shelters while nourishing and enriching each child’s life to prepare them to transition into productive, healthy adult members of society. Over the last 141 years, the Home has evolved from a 92-acre working farm with a few small buildings to a beautiful residential campus that provides hope and happiness to at-risk children and youth and 5 other campuses around South Georgia in Americus, Columbus, St. Marys and Valdosta.

Wesley Glen Ministries

Established in 1984, Wesley Glen Ministries serves adults with developmental disabilities by providing a home environment and continuum of programs to allow each individual to develop skills and greater confidence, living happy, full lives as contributing members of their Wesley Glen family and the surrounding community. Wesley Glen is a private, not for profit agency and ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church whose mission is to increase the public awareness to the strengths and barriers related to people with mental disabilities, while being committed to providing services, in a Christian atmosphere, that improve the quality of life for individuals and their families. Read more here.

College Campus Ministries across Georgia

One of the most powerful partnerships we have for the future of the church is the 16 Wesley Foundations that serve 18 college campuses in the state of  Georgia, along with nine United Methodist Colleges and Universities. Through a Wesley Foundation, a student is offered opportunities for worship, service, Bible study, prayer, conversation regarding questions of faith and today's world, pastoral care, Christian mentoring, and fellowship.

Our connections run deep: Our current pastor, Scott Hagan, was active in the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech and former pastor, Jay Tucker, served as the Director at the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Southern.

We serve around the world

We are called to be witnesses to the "ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Our witness has taken the form of presence, as Bonaire people have served on the ground, partnerships, as we have supported others who regularly go, and certainly as prayers, as we lift up God's Kingdom work in restoring this world.

Africa University

In 1988, the United Methodist Church voted to raise funds to establish and build a university on the continent of Africa. Today, it is one of the leading universities on the continent, serving students from 21 countries across Africa. Africa University provides higher education of excellent quality, enriched with Christian values, for both men and women, developing visionary leaders of tomorrow. 

Water Wells

We partner with the Rev. Bobby Gale and Unto the Least of His ministry to engage communities around the world to serve those who are often forgotten. This is a faith based mission that focuses on water and education projects in many different underprivileged areas in the world. One of the main areas they serve is through the construction of water wells for local villages. Learn more on their website

This well was installed and dedicated in 2017 in the village of Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UMCOR - The United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR is a ministry of the UMC. Their goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need. You can think of it like the Methodist version of the Red Cross, except that UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects their donors specify. 

They believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.  

When people give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

UMC Four Areas of Focus Around the World

We support the World Service Fund, the primary avenue of support for the global mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church. World Service connects us to a long list of Christian mission and ministry throughout the denomination in the work of the general church agencies and other national and international programs. Specifically, we are focusing our efforts on

  1. Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
  2. Improving Global Health
  3. Developing Principled Christian Leaders
  4. Creating New and Renewed Congregations

Learn more here.

Rise Against Hunger - Meal Packing Events

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  Since 1998, they have provided over 180 million meals in 65 countries, with the help of over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers in meal-packaging. 

Our church has hosted meal-packing events for four years, with our most recent August 2018 event sending 30,000+ meals to Southern Africa to serve our neighbors there.