"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" 1 Peter 4:10


Our church supports both local and international groups, as well as the missionaries involved with these efforts.  Read below to learn more about some of the outreach ministries we support.

Botkins participates in a continuous food drive to support the local Fish Pond Food Pantry. In all, 10 churches including: Montra Lutheran Church, St. Lawrence and Immaculate Conception Catholic Churches, Botkins United Methodist, Maplewood United Methodist, and Jackson Center United Methodist along with various businesses, civic groups and youth organizations help to make this ministry a possibility.

Non perishable food items are collected in the vestibule and delivered to the food pantry on a regular basis. Monetary donations are also greatly welcomed. The Food Pantry assists those in the community who need supplemental food. Located at 310 Davis St. in Jackson Center (on west side of the Family Life Center building) is open on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:00 AM -2:00 PM. One must reside in the Jackson Center school district or within the villages of Botkins, Montra, or Maplewood in order to receive food. Those seeking assistance must bring a proof of residency with them such as a current utility bill.

Community Wide Food Drive


Each year in April a community wide food drive is held to help restock the shelves at the Fish Pond Food Pantry.  Barrels are placed at various locations including the post office, Trojan’s Den and other places throughout the village and nonperishable food items are collected and then transported to the pantry.  A food collection basket is also located in the vestibule for those who are able to donate contributions.
Five on the Fifth is a ministry that Botkins United Methodist Church supports to benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home Family Services.  Members are encouraged to donate five dollars on months that have five Sundays to help support this outreach.  The United Methodist Children’s Home Family Services was formerly known as The United Methodist Children’s Home.  It began as an orphanage built in Worthington Ohio in 1911.   Over the years the ministry has evolved to meet the changing needs of the world.  Today the UMCH Family Services serves children and families through three programs: Treatment Foster Care, Adoption and Post Adoption, and Family Mental Health Services.
Botkins supports the Shelby County Relay for Life Event annually.  We had a very successful year thanks to the gracious donations of many for "Team Bandit".  The event is held annually at the ShelbyCounty Fairgrounds.  We look forward to another great year in 2015 as we gather together to raise funds in the fight against cancer.  Manilla envelopes are located at the back of church for members who wish to collect donations for this worthy cause.
Each year youth from the Botkins United Methodist Church team up with others in the community to raise awareness about hunger and funds to help feed the hungry.  This year the event was held on April 26 and 27th and youth spent the time together in fellowship, prayer and fasting.  Click the link (left) to learn more.  Stay posted for next year’s event dates.

The United Methodist Womens Group supports the ministries of the Red Bird Mission and Clinic through monetary donations.  The Red Bird Mission was established in 1921 to assist residents in the rural Appalachian Mountains.  Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing,and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area.  Minsitries include Education, Health and Wellness Clinics, Refurbishment of homes, and craft marketing ministries to aid residents.  
Adults and Youth have participated in various mission trips over the years.  This year, on July 7-13th youth from the Anna UMC and Botkins UMC served in Charlotte and Shelby North Carolina.  Following the mission trip the youth shared their experiences with us at a Sunday worship service.  Please continue to pray for our youth as they interact in the community and become the hands and feet of Christ to those whom they meet.
The Botkins United Methodist Church collects new clothing items for donation to the Alpha Center each year during the Christmas season.  Items are then distributed to needy residents in Shelby County.  Items collected include new: hats, gloves, coats, scarves, socks, underwear,t-shirts, pajamas.  The Alpha Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes daily programs, information, referral, and recreation in a supervised environment for children and adults in downtown Sidney.  Services include: tutoring, mentoring, educational programs, hot lunches Monday through Friday, chapel services and special events.
 Operation Christmas Child is held annually in November.   Botkins UMC collects shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and then fills them with basic necessities and a few fun toys for children in need.
Samaritan’s Purse works in conjunction with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the boxes and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children all over the world.