Pacific Beach United Methodist Church is involved in several programs that seek to reach beyond the walls of the church and into our local and global community.
Are you hungry or in need of medical care? Come to Project Grace, our Wednesday night free clinic, pantry, and meal! Project Grace and the UCSD Free Clinic operate at PB UMC every Wednesday evening starting at 4pm. To comply with local health ordinances and to keep our neighbors and community healthy and safe, our free meal program is currently operating on a to-go basis until further notice.
The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic offers consultations and appointments with patients who do not have insurance or are in need of assistance accessing traditional healthcare. The Free Clinic provides primary care services, some specialty services, social work services, and pharmacy services. Please call their appointment line at (858) 534-8508 for screening or assistance using your insurance to access traditional care.
SD Project Grace
Pacific Beach United Methodist Church remembers that when Jesus’ disciples came to him and said, “Dismiss the crowds, they’ll be getting hungry,” Jesus said, “They don’t need to go away, YOU give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14:13-21)
Every Wednesday evening at 4 p.m., a free meal is served to anyone in need. The food is donated from various sources, and volunteers set up, serve, and clean up. The number of guests ranges from 70 to 120 people (men, women, and children).
In addition to the meal, referrals to services are also available to assist persons experiencing homelessness – and those at risk of homelessness – to find the tools that can aid in getting off the streets.
Our goal is for our guests to experience caring community, to receive a nutritious meal, and to tend to their health needs.
Volunteers wishing to help serve the meal should contact the church office for details at (858) 274-6573
Interfaith Shelter Network
Once each year, for two weeks at a time, PB UMC welcomes guests into our church as part of the Interfaith Shelter Network program. Guests receive dinner, breakfast, and a warm place to spend the night.
“My stay at the Interfaith Shelter has been very helpful. All the volunteers are dedicated, generous people. This time has allowed me to get back on my feet and save some money towards rent. Hopefully, I will move into a decent place and get stabilized.” – Diana
“When I first came to this city, I was broke and destitute, with no job, only one change of clothes and very little hope. The Interfaith Shelter program changed my situation for the better. I got a job working full-time and an entire wardrobe of new clothes. The people who helped us at thechurches were very nice and the dinners they fixed and served us were absolutely divine. I am very thankful for your help and hospitality.” – Cecil
In 2016, Pacific Beach UMC received the Spirit of Service Award from the Interfaith Shelter Network for our long time partnership and service to persons in need.
additional outreach programs
- We have a missionary partnership with Toshi Yamamoto and Claudia Genung-Yamamoto, both ordained United Methodist clergy. Toshi is a seminary professor in Japan and Claudia is pastor of the Tokyo Union Church.
- We sponsor a monthly meal for the Storefront Emergency Shelter for teens.
- We support Metro (United Methodist Urban Ministries) Good Neighbor Centers by supplying food, diapers, and baby formula for distribution to families in need.
- Each summer, members of our congregation volunteer with the Guatemala Mission Project, Sierra Service Project, or other mission projects.
- PBUMC is proud of the trophies we have won in years past at the San Diego Pride Parade.