Morris Memorial United Methodist Church

Serve

Missions

Common Grounds

Located at 6600 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. in Charleston, Common Grounds serves our community by providing food for many households in Kanawha City and eastern Kanawha County. Common Grounds also provides limited utility assistance. Common Grounds is managed and supported by St. Agnes Catholic, Morris Memorial United Methodist, and Village Chapel Presbyterian churches. We welcome volunteers and contributions of cash and non-perishable food. If you would like to volunteer, contact Susan Vieweg at 304-344-2617. If you would like to know more, click here to read more.

Morris Enrichment Center

Morris Memorial presents a daycare ministry designed to help a child grow socially, emotionally, and physically.

We believe that early learning experiences play an integral part in their intellectual, spiritual and physical development. The children are nurtured in an atmosphere of Christian love while exposed to a variety of teachings and activities. Morris Enrichment Center (MEC) is an essential part of the Christian outreach program of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church. Click here to read more.

Other Local Missions

Morris Memorial supports the work of several other local mission agencies and projects in a variety of ways. Ask us about Union Mission, Heart + Hand Outreach Ministries, the Angel Tree Project, Adopt-A-Family, "Undies Sunday", Habitat for Humanity, and Covenant House. If you would like to learn more about any of these local missions, contact Denise Heflin-Peyton at 304-542-9809.

Outreach

Church League Sports

Morris Memorial is pleased to participate in the Charleston Church Recreation Association (CCRA). We participate in both male and female softball and youth basketball. If interested and need would like more information contact Karen Pauley at 304-395-7291.

Morris Community Dinners

The Morris Community Dinners are part of the church's outreach to the community. We serve free meals every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month depending on the holidays and scheduling of other church activities.

We are encouraged by the number of community and church members who attend these dinners. The dinners are not the responsibility of any one team of the church but is a mission for the whole church.

As a volunteer you can help with the kitchen prep, serving, set up and clean up or you can help by providing a dessert or making a donation. It's easy to do. Just make your check payable to the church and in the memo put "Morris Community Dinners".

For more information, please send us an email using the form below:

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Scouting Ministry

Morris Memorial sponsors a Boy Scout troop and a Cut Scout pack. Both units are very active. The Cub Scouts meet on Monday nights during the school year, and the Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday nights year-round. For more information on Scout Troop 177 or Cub Scout Pack 168, contact scouting coordinator Jerome Hairston at 304-542-5757.

Walk To Emmaus

Walk to Emmaus is a seventy-two hour spiritual "walk with Christ" designed to promote true Christian discipleship. It is an ecumenical program developed by the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. Sponsorship is available through those who have previously attended these walks. For more information go to: www.kvec.org

Common Grounds

Common Grounds 6600 MacCorkle Ave., S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304
Days and Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

MISSION STATEMENT: Heeding Jesus' call for unity in prayer and service, we of Morris Memorial United Methodist, St. Agnes Catholic, and Village Chapel Presbyterian Churches seek to unite the gifts of our faith communities for common services to those in need of assistance for all peoples regardless of nationality, age, sex, religious affiliation, or handicap who are in need of assistance. Assistance is offered in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

In 2007 Father John McDonough of St. Agnes Catholic Church, aware that there were needy families who had limited access to basic food essentials in Kanawha City and the Eastern part of Kanawha County, had a vision of opening a food bank for the poor. He shared his vision with Pastor Barry Moll of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church and he enthusiastically supported it as well. After presentations to their respective churches and receiving very positive responses, Common Grounds opened its doors on September 1, 2007. Soon thereafter Pastor Todd Wright of Village Chapel Presbyterian Church learned of this ecumenical mission outreach and he and his congregation joined in supporting this joint effort as well. Together the churches work in unity to fulfill Christ's work serving those in need.

Common Grounds provide a 2 - 3 day supply of food once a month for qualified families. The size of the box is tailored to the size of the family. Our intent is to provide boxes which include healthy items such as a protein (canned tuna or salmon), canned vegetables, canned fruits (in their own juices), soup, pasta, spaghetti sauce, dry beans, canned beans and corn, peanut butter, a healthy cereal, toilet paper and bar soap. Through food and monetary donations, by taking advantage of sales, by buying in bulk, through discounts offered at a local supermarket, and also bread products donated by a local eatery, we've been able to achieve the goal of providing well-rounded boxes of nutrition to our families. Families are also eligible to sign up for Thanksgiving boxes of food which provide them with a complete holiday meal. In addition, Common Grounds make limited utility assistance available once a year to a family if their bill is a termination notice.

Recognizing the fundamental dignity of all people, Common Grounds seek to help provide the basic emergency needs to those qualified. Qualification is determined by:

In September, 2018 we will have been in operation 11 years.

If you would like to donate food, please consider selecting from the following list of the foods that are basic to our food boxes.

If you would like to donate money to help this ministry continue, please make the check payable to Morris Memorial Methodist Church and on the bottom left memo line of the check write "Common Grounds." You can place the check in the offering plate on Sunday or you can turn it in to the church secretary, Erin Borchers, If you prefer, you can make the check out to Common Grounds and mail it or deliver it to Common Grounds at 6600 MacCorkle Avenue, SE in Charleston, WV 25304 during the hours we are open. Your donations are greatly appreciated! Thanks, in advance, for sharing yourself and your gifts with the less fortunate in our community! May God bless you richly!

Being the kind of mission we are, our needs are ongoing. We are always in need of food and monetary donations. As we are entirely staffed by volunteers, they are at the heart of our outreach program. How can you become involved with Common Grounds and its mission? We are dependent on donations and readily welcome them. You can donate food, you can donate cash or a check, or you can volunteer your time and talents. There are many ways to volunteer here. Please consider it; we'd love to have you join us as together we area Jesus' hands and feet in serving our underprivileged sisters and brothers in our local area.

If you are interested in learning more about Common Grounds or would like a tour or to volunteer here, please contact Susan Vieweg, our Morris' Common Grounds Coordinator at (304) 344-2617.

Morris Enrichment Center

Morris Memorial presents a daycare ministry designed to help a child grow socially, emotionally, and physically.

We believe that early learning experiences play an integral part in their intellectual, spiritual and physical development. The children are nurtured in an atmosphere of Christian love while exposed to a variety of teachings and activities. Morris Enrichment Center (MEC) is an essential part of the Christian outreach program of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church.

Daycare is available from ages six weeks to age 12 years; Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Children are served breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Tuition is charged weekly and we offer 2 day, 3 day and full week rates. We accept cash, checks and credit card payments. Call MEC for information on their rates and programs (304-925-1413).

KANAWHA COUNTY PRE-K PROGRAM

Yes, MEC is now part of the free Pre-K program for four year olds provided by the state of West Virginia. MEC is a collaborative site and follows the Kanawha County year round school calendar. Pre-K classes are offered Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. After care is available.

SUMMER CAMPS

When school ends for the summer, MEC provides Summer Camp for 5-12 year olds. Camp is Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Field trips may include the Clay Center, Beckley Coal Mine, Hawk's Nest, bowling, swimming and the National Guard. Please contact the Director, Georgeanne Leake, for information on fees and start dates.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM

MEC offers an after school program for children kindergarten through 5th grade. This program provides a place for the children to be dropped off after school, given a snack, helped with their homework, and guidance until their parents/guardians are able to pick them up. We currently have a bus route with Chamberlain and Kanawha City Elementary Schools. We also pick up students at Ruffner and Piedmont Elementary Schools.