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.
SD Project Grace (formerly called “Wednesday Night Ministry”)
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 5:30pm, a free meal is served to hungry and homeless people. The food is donated from various sources, and volunteers set up, serve, and clean up. The number of guests ranges from 150 to 200 people (men, women, and children).
In addition to the meal, several wraparound 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. PB UMC is host to free medical and dental clinics operated by UCSD and acupuncture is offered by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. For these services, Guests sign up for treatments prior to the meal.
Other regular non-profit participants include San Diego Food Bank, Feeding San Diego, San Diego County HHSA, Veteran’s Village of San Diego, San Diego Food Bank, and more. These partners help with signing up for MediCAL and and Cal-Fresh, target Veterans for specialized services including housing, reduce the spread of Hepatitis A through vaccines, offer free ESL classes, provide access to social workers, and much more.
Our goal is for our guests to experience caring community, to eat a nutritious meal, and to tend to their health needs. A brief meditation and prayer is offered between first and second servings of the meal.
An important primary partner in this ministry is Shoreline Community Services, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization organized by members and friends of the church and the Project Grace meal.
Volunteers wishing to help serve the meal should arrive at the church at 4:30pm to be placed in a work area.
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.
PBUMC supports several 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.