MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Shelter Team) is a vital ministry in our community helping families move out of homelessness.
We partner with Hope, Care, and Beyond to offer sewing classes to members of our community. These classes are designed to help our refugee and immigrant women learn a skill that can potentially help them earn an income, but they are open to anyone who would like to learn how to sew.
Sewing for Missions
During the school year, we meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 10 to noon to sew for missions. We work on projects such as baby blankets and sweater mittens. If you can't sew but would like to help, we welcome you. There is always lots of other stuff that needs to be done. We meet in the lower level. Everyone is welcome. Enter through the east entrance.
Each year members of Warren First UMC collect baby items that are assembled into layettes that are given to various agencies in the area to give to mothers and babies in need. Items can be knit, sewn, crocheted, or purchase. Layettes are usually assembled on Mother's Day weekend.
Hat and Mitten Tree
Our talented congregation and friends use their talents each year to knit, crochet, sew or purchase winter hats and mittens to decorate a tree for Christmastime. Those items don't stay on the tree long though. Often even before Christmas day arrives the hats and mittens are on their way to local elementaries and agencies to be distributed to children and adults in need of winterwear.
If you need food items, or have food items to share, we have a food pantry shelf right inside the north doors which are open 24/7. Take what you need and share your excess. We ask that if you have perishable or frozen items to donate, you contact the church office so that the items can be stored safely.
Seasonal Collections and Volunteering
Seasonally we collect items to help those who are in need. Examples of seasonal donations collected in the past:
- backpacks and school supplies for the beginning of the school year
- food for food baskets at Thanksgiving.
- welcome bags full of personal products and household supplies for the homeless moving into their first apartments
- snack bags for hospital workers
Also, small groups volunteer at agencies like Gleaners and Arts and Scraps.
Contact the church office for current collection and volunteer opportunities.