Bay Area United Methodist Churches Care for Their Community


The weekend of March 25-27, 200 volunteers from five United Methodist churches in the Bay Area joined together to help community members in need in Baytown and the surrounding area.


Called “Faith in Action: Bay Area United Methodists, United in Caring,” the weekend-long event challenged church members to put their “faith in action” by completing 44 service projects at over 30 sites within the community.  Projects included power washing, painting, yard work, cleaning, light repairs, building wheelchair ramps and other construction projects.


There was something to do for everyone.  Volunteers unable to perform some of the more strenuous physical tasks and young children prepared cards and letters for homebound church members, and delivered “goodies and treat-kits” to local fire and police stations as an expression of gratitude for all of the work these local heroes do in the community.


Leaders and workers came from Cedar Bayou Grace UMC, First UMC of Mont Belvieu, Highlands UMC, St. John’s UMC and St. Marks UMC.


Baytown United Way and Meals on Wheels worked with church members to identify individuals in need of assistance who might benefit from the Faith in Action weekend.


John James, Missions Team chair at Cedar Bayou Grace UMC and Faith in Action organizer said that although events such as this had been held in the Bay Area before, this was the first time so many of the United Methodist churches came together in a combined effort to serve the community and witness to the Christian faith.


A special word of thanksgiving goes to Tim McCleery, Assistant Store Manager at McCoy’s Building Supply on Ward Road, and Sherwin-Williams on North Alexander Drive for their support by providing donated and discounted supplies for the weekend.


If you have any questions regarding this event and future Faith in Action initiatives in the Bay Area, contact the Rev. Luis E. Ramírez, Associate Pastor at Cedar Bayou Grace UMC, at 281-427-4754 ext. 115 or