At the very core of the church that is Petal UMC, is the desire to spread God’s grace out into the community.  Whether it’s helping the lost, feeding the hungry, or simply listening, we respond.  There’s a place for you to plug in to these and more.
Some of our outreach efforts include:
Cup of Kindness
For many years, Petal UMC has partnered with Christian Services of Hattiesburg by being the distribution point for their weekday Compassion Van ministry.  Each day the Compassion Van delivers hot meals to those in our community who may be food insecure.  Petal UMC provides a cup of lemonade or hot chocolate, along with the opportunity to be in relationship with these that are often overlooked or marginalized in our community.
Souper Saturday
Every Saturday morning at Petal UMC you will find a dedicated group of volunteers preparing lunch for those in our community who may otherwise not have a meal. This ministry has taken on a life of its own and for those who attend, has almost become a congregation of its own.
Homeless Outreach
The picture of homelessness is not pretty and the number of people in our area living without a permanent address is staggering.  Petal UMC has partnered with a small group of dedicated men who regularly visit the homeless where they are.  We care for the homeless by providing personal hygiene kits which include some of the basic necessities (toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.) as well as blankets, coats, socks and other assistance as needed.  We also have a small group of ladies who knit warm hats throughout the year to provide during the colder months.
Edwards Street Fellowship Center
As an outreach ministry of the Hattiesburg District of the UMC, Petal UMC supports the ESFC in numerous ways throughout the year. Canned food drives, support for the health clinic, and volunteering on site are just a few.
Stop Hunger Now
Petal UMC is the host site for an annual community wide packaging event for Stop Hunger Now.  Once a year, churches of all denominations gather to package meals for the worlds most vulnerable.