Missions

The famous Hymn writer, and brother of John Wesley, Charles, once wrote that, “The central proclamation of the gospel, in Wesleyan  point of view, is God’s free grace received by faith and worked out in love”.  The Missions Team offers opportunities to share God’s free grace with others.  Some of these opportunities include:

  • Because We Care special offerings
  • Tuesday’s Table
  • Mission trips
  • Helping Hand Ministry
  • Commodity ministry
  • Camp Horizon
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Meals throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for national and international charities

Whether it’s through painting a house, donating shoes, or making pork burgers, Christ is counting on us to share His grace with others. 

FAMILIES EATING DONATED DEER (fedd)

Richard and Dawn See as they loaded up their truck with 500 pounds of venison and deliver it to different food pantries across Cowley County. Families Eating Donated Deer was founded about nine years ago. It was modeled after a statewide program, but the Sees wanted something that specifically served hungry families in Cowley County.


“With my wife and I both being educators, we see that need and that families are lacking on a daily basis. So, I decided we could do something right here and keep every bit of the venison right here in Cowley County,” said Richard See.


Deer hunters can bring donated deer to Feaster's Deer Processing, it is processed and stored in freezers, and Richard and Dawn donate time and mileage to get it to four different food pantries across the county.


See said processing costs about $2,000 a year. He said tax-deductible donations can be made through First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Make checks payable to First United Methodist Church, write FEDD in the memo line, and mail to 1000 Millington St., Winfield, KS, 67156.

Tuesday's Table

Through the ministry of “Tuesday’s Table”, we offer a free community meal each Tuesday night from 5:00-6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.  All who would find this weekly meal helpful are welcome.  There is no charge for the meal, nor are reservations required.  We are feeding 60-80 people each week. 

Camp Horizon

We support our local United Methodist Church Camp, located east of Arkansas City that provides a beautiful location for spiritual renewal and reflection. Horizon has recently transformed the former dining hall into Inspiration Lodge. Each year Camp Horizon is attracting more summer campers and adult retreat participants – and this restoration helps meet the need of additional lodging.

The next BIG project is the remodeling of the swimming pool - which is 60 years old and the addition of basketball courts and a renovated sports area.

Prison Ministry

We have an active Prison Ministry, which includes offering Disciple Bible Study at the Winfield Correctional Facility.  We also have mentors who work with inmates in an after-care program as they transition back into society.

Legal Ministry

First UMC offers a legal services ministry on the first Tuesday of each month. An attorney is present from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to meet with anyone and answer legal questions in a confidential and private setting in the church library.  These services are free of charge. Those attending may use the parking lot at 10th and Loomis across from Winfield’s post office and enter through the east door.