About Joining Hands Mission

We are love in action.

As a mission with community focus, we work as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, reaching out to disciple and to serve physical as well as spiritual needs.

We express our love for God through servanthood.

Living out our belief of how Jesus Christ lived, as a servant to others, is the example we strive to follow. To us, it’s all about sharing God’s love by offering hope and healing to those looking for more meaning in their lives.

We are in transition.

We began as a Mission Church of the United Methodist Church (see below). Joining Hands has since branched off as a not-for-profit mission with a new location at the Holiday Lake Estates Civic Association building. We started out by keeping our food ministries intact with the intention to grow other services based on community need.

How We Started

Our roots are in the United Methodist Church, whose slogan is Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Joining Hands UMC took those words to heart by re-defining what it meant to be a church, moving the focus outside the church walls and living our faith by serving our neighbors. Putting our beliefs into action to create changes that transformed people’s lives.

Joining Hands Mission UMC was noted for serving a hot Sunday breakfast before the worship service. What started out as a simple idea to start a United Methodist mission church that would nourish body and soul has turned into a growing ministry that has touched the lives of many in West Pasco. Some may just be passing through and enjoy the warmth of a hot meal and hospitality. Some are referred by local organizations and find a place where they fit in. Some simply come for the fellowship and wonderful food. Whatever the reason, the numbers have been adding up. Over the past ten years we have served over 60,000 breakfasts and over 5,500 hot meals since dinner service was added 18 months ago.

Virtual Worship videos from Joining Hands UMC may be found in our Archives section.

Pastor Mary Ashcraft has been re-assigned by the United Methodist Church to Marathon Community United Methodist Church.


Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do. (Ephesians 6: 7-8a)