Put Your Good Intentions to Work!

When we join the United Methodist Church, we vow to support it with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  But sometimes, our good intentions get lost in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.  As a church, how are we doing with our promises?  Can you help fill in the blanks?  Here are some ways that you could be of service to others:  serve as an usher, become a church closer, teach or assist with a Sunday School Class or volunteer for the mowing team.  Contact the church office to volunteer! 440-526-8938 or office@brecksvilleumc.com

Box Tops

UMW continues to collect Box Tops for Education!  Clip and save the symbol from participating products and bring them to the bin in the first floor coat room.  These labels are sent to Henderson Settlement Mission in Frakes, KY and the proceeds are used to support their work.

Food Drive for Brookside

Brookside Food Center disperses meals to local families in need. The success of their program depends on the kindness and generosity of people like you!

On the third Friday of each month, our United Methodist Women deliver our donations to Brookside.  Please help us fill the bin in the coat room with food like:

Canned fruits
Canned vegetables
Apple sauce
Dried Fruit
Peanut Butter
Pasta and pasta sauce
Canned soups
Tuna and other canned fish
Other healthy non-perishable foods!

Paper products, such as napkins and paper towels, are also greatly appreciated. 

Your contributions make a world of difference to families in need.

Where to donate

Spring cleaning? Don’t send your unwanted items to the dump! These organizations all offer FREE PICK UP! 

Clothing, household, toys,
books, etc.

City Mission (donatestuff.com)
Clothing, household items

Cleveland Furniture Bank
216-459-2265 x 101
Furniture, household items

Gathering Place Warehouse
216-595-9546 (will pack up, too)
Furniture, household, antiques, china, crystal, silverware, art, rugs, lamps, mirrors, costume jewelry

Habitat for Humanity
Furniture, appliances, building materials, household.

Salvation Army, 800-728-7825
Furniture, clothing, household

Have an old bike you've outgrown or no longer use? 
Donate it to Brecksville UMC's Bike Ministry!

Background Checks

"The education and spiritual formation of children, youth and adults is why the church exists. We're here to make and mature disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world." said Gary Jones, Director Spiritual Formation, East Ohio Conference United Methodist Church. "If we're not teaching, if we're not keeping those people we're charged to teach safe, there's really not a reason for us to be here."

At Brecksville UMC, we conduct background checks on all volunteers who work with children. Parents want to know that their children are safe in the care of others. Background checks protect children, protect volunteers, and protect the assets of the church!

Read our church's child protection policy    here.

If you are interested in working with children, please contact Jenny Gee, Director of Christian Education, to learn more about background checks.

Church Ride Share

Sometimes it’s hard to get to church.  Maybe your car’s in the shop, you’re not comfortable driving, or you just don’t want to go to church alone.  Sign up for BUMC Rideshare! If you need a ride or can give a ride sign up in the lobby!

Drivers, we have some super cool car magnets to help identify you as a person who's offering rides.  Pick one up in the office!

5 Ways To Serve This Season

The Missions & Outreach Committee continues to find ways we can show God’s love for others by meeting the needs of the whole person.  Here are 5!

ONE - ASSEMBLY DAY!  October 3 - We’ll be making suet cakes for Danbury Senior Living and assembling hygiene kits for the uninsured and under-insured. Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am

  • Take Action!  Collect rinsed cardboard milk and juice containers (52 oz – 64 oz size) and bring them to the church now – October 3.  We will use these to make suet cakes!

TWO - GO TO CAMP! October 16 – We are in conversation with Camp Wanake, a United Methodist summer camp in Beach City, about a day of service. Want to help them spruce up after a busy season?
  • Take Action!  Fix a bike!  If you would prefer to help out closer to home, come to Bike Fix It Day 10/16 from 9—12 pm.

THREE - VOLUNTEER AT THE VISION CLINIC! October 23 - All those hygiene kits we assembled?  It’s time to give them away!  Come help distribute at the Med Works event at Cole Eye Institute. 
  • Take Action! Contact us to volunteer! 

FOUR - PRAY AND FOLD!  November 7 - A day to pray over and fold donated adult clothing for the B. Riley House, a sober living facility serving the LGBTQ+ community in Cleveland.  
  • Take Action!  Clean and gather gently used adult clothing to be donated. We will have a collection area at church from October 24 – November 7.  If we collect more than they can use, we will donate to other agencies, too!

FIVE - CREATE FOR CHRISTMAS! December 5 - Make and sign Christmas cards for veterans, make bows for Yuletide bikes, and possibly make cookies for the USO Canteen at CLE Airport!
  • Take Action!  Recycle your old Christmas cards, or shop for new ones!  We’ll use the old cards to make new cards.  Bring them to church from November 14 – December 5.

Thank you all for your help through donations of items, money, your time and prayers!  We look forward to working with you during the above activities and as always if you have an idea M&O should research, please contact Mary Kotnik  mekotnik@yahoo.com or 330-256-3262.  - The Missions & Outreach Committee

Help Fill the Giving Trees in Fellowship Hall

The Missions & Outreach is celebrating the season of giving!  Stop by Fellowship Hall (on the first floor of the church) and visit the three trees they've set up to collect items needed by people in our communities this winter.

The Hat & Mitten Tree (scarfs and gloves too). Purchased or handmade items for all ages accepted from November 28 through January 2.  Items will be donated to Afghan Refugees.

Non-perishable food and cleaning supply tree. is ready for your donations now.  These items will help those served by the Parma Heights Food Pantry.

We’re Bringing back the Giving Tree from years ago.  Select a tag from the tree and shop for a gift to help one of the agencies our church supports (Rahab Ministries, Cleveland APL, Nehemiah Mission, etc.)  No need to wrap the donations—just bring them to church by January 2.