Countryside UMC was started as a missional church 60 years ago and has an inherent DNA that includes mission and outreach to the community. As a whole, our Countryside congregation is blessed with financial abundance and a culture of giving that is faithful and responsible in stewardship. We have great opportunity to continue to develop our financial generosity through creative stewardship and endowment strategies. And we are challenged to continue to develop a generous and diverse missional response to human need in our city, nation and world.
Looking for hands-on volunteerism that makes a significant impact on others around the world? Countryside's Mission Ministry team can get you connected with the next scheduled mission trip. Share Christ's message of hope & love!
Every year, Countryside sends a team to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sager Brown facility in Baldwin, Louisiana. Volunteers help in a variety of ways to help ensure the United Methodist Church is ready to help in cases of humanitarian relief/disaster response, sustainable development and global health.
In 2019 and 2020, Countryside sent a team of volunteers to Guatemala (pictured here) to help construct homes for native peoples.
More mission trips are being planned now! Please contact Brenda for more info.
Located at 1119 SW. 10th Street in Topeka, Doorstep provides comprehensive emergency assistance including food, utility assistance, prescriptions, clothing and transportation for those in need. Countryside is responsible for staffing the clothing room one Monday and each Thursday during the month of October. October is also Countryside's month to stock Doorstep's pantry. Food and clothing is collected at Countryside year-round and taken to Doorstep to distribute to their clients. Opportunities also exist during the year to support Doorstep's fundraisers (such as Operation Soup Line, and tamale & cinnamon roll sales). For more information, contact Brenda Bauman Swank.
Located at 3020 Van Buren in Topeka, Let's Help offers comprehensive emergency assistance, lunch proram, literacy programs and more. Countryside prepares and serves the noon meal on the fourth Monday of each month. Donations are made to the food and clothing bank throughout the year. Contact Ken Lomax to find out how you can be involved in Countryside's ministry to Let's Help!
Countryside team members gather each week to pack and deliver weekend food for children in elementary schools and Headstart preschools. Food is donated by Harvesters. This is a joint effort through Countryside United Methodist Church and Harvesters Community Food Network. For information on how you can be a part of this rewarding program, contact Brenda Bauman Swank.
Topeka Rescue Mission located at 600 N. Kansas Ave. is "faith with its sleeves rolled up"! Countryside sends a team of volunteers every first Friday of the month to help serve evening meals to visitors and guests of the mission. Additionally, Countryside collects and donates food and clothing during the year; once a year is specifically targeted to meeting the needs of babies and young children. For more information on how you can help serve, please contact Mary Dunbar.
Countryside supports the work of missionaries here and abroad.
Sandra K Raasch, Honduras is a missionary of the general Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She is coordinator of medical and environmental ministries of the Honduras Mission.
Donna Pewo, Oklahoma Indian Conference, is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, serving as a Church & Community Worker at the Clinton and El Reno Church and Community Ministry of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. This ministry primarily serves children of the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribes in a rural area west of Oklahoma City.
Countryside also supports:
Kahbeah Fellowship Indian Mission in Horton as a part of the Oklahoma Indian Conference working to reach persons with the good news of Jesus Christ through witness.
Nueva Vida, Horton KS is a ministry of Holton Evangel UMC and area churches. Pastor Hector & Sherri Sanchez serve Nueva Vida as a Hispanic outreach of Evangel UMC. They provide worship, ESL classes, guitar classes and translation services.