From a United Methodist publication entitled “Who we are,” come these words: “We roll up our sleeves and say, ‘Let’s get to work,’ as we answer the call of making disciples for Jesus Christ.”
For more than 200 years, the United Methodist Church and its predecessors have worked to help the poor, the sick, the aging, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Our church participates in the struggles of women, people with physical and mental challenges, and racial and ethnic minority persons, helping them to attain equity and equality in the church and in society through responsible social action.”
The Church and Society Ministry at Nardin Park is working to bring social concerns to the congregation for discussion and to encourage specific calls for change. Through suggestions from our members, research, discussion and collaboration with other groups within the church, we strive to bring information about issues within our community and the wider world to Nardin Park. We are guided by the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.
We support the Interfaith Farmington/Farmington Hills Food Pantry located at the Servant Church of St. Alexander and Cass Community Social Services.
We continue to collect all non-perishable foods and paper products for our community food pantry. Food boxes are located at the east and youth room doors, and on the third Sunday are placed at the entrance to the sanctuary.
Through efforts of this committee and others, Nardin Park is a recycling church, as well as being a latex-free church.
Church and Society supports Equal Exchange, a food cooperative which guarantees farmers, growers and laborers a fair wage for their work. The third Sunday of each month we offer Equal Exchange coffee, tea, chocolate bars and bits, dried cranberries, almonds and pecans for purchase. With the sale of these items, we are a part of the larger UMCOR effort to raise living standards throughout the world.
We host DRUMS (Dedicated Reconciling United Methodists), an ecumenical service on the first Sunday of each month, providing a welcoming worship opportunity for all. This service is in the Chapel, beginning with a time for social gathering and refreshments at 6:00 pm and worship at 6:30pm.
We host information seminars on current topics of social interest, and provide internet links of interest to our congregation.
We encourage you to share your “responsible” social action” ideas, suggestions or questions with us. Email with your ideas.