It was a bold leap of faith . . .
In the summer of 2008, the congregation of the now-defunct Community United Methodist Church refocused its efforts to reach out and aid the families in the community who were in financial and spiritual distress. This body of Christ ended its old charter and established in its place a nonprofit organization called Joining Hands Community Mission, a faith-based social services agency that held worship services on Sunday.
Success and transformation . . .
Fast-forward three years. Joining Hands Community Mission evolved into the Pasco County outreach center of Tampa-based Metropolitan Ministries, and the worshiping congregation was adopted as a mission project of the Gulf Central District of the United Methodist Church.
The congregation grows . . .
Joining Hands Mission Church is now an official United Methodist missional congregation. The “Mission Cafe” free breakfast before church is a hugely successful way for Joining Hands to reach out and nourish its community.
The next step . . .
In the summer of 2015, Joining Hands Mission United Methodist Church moved to a new space with more room for more ministries. With assistance from the Gulf Central District and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, generous donors, countless volunteers, and a dedicated staff, Joining Hands was able to bring Christian witness and servanthood to a new level by adding a transportation ministry, after-school tutoring for elementary children, and the only cold night shelter in West Pasco County.
Our newest bold move . . .
After quickly outgrowing our space on Highway 19, our new home is on the campus of Asbury Unted Methodist Church in New Port Richey. Pastor Mary Ashcraft will be the pastor of both churches. Joining Hands and Asbury, as two separate churches, will co-habitate and often collaborate on the same property at 4204 Thys Road. This mutually beneficial arrangement will provide new worship experiences as well as opportunities for greater service to the community.