serving others

Whether sponsoring missionaries and missions throughout the world or sending short term missionaries for two week trips, First United Methodist Church reaches out to the world and to its local community in its missionary efforts. 

ongoing missions

the kory wawanaca children's home bolivia

Kory Wawanaca is located in the village of Tacachia which is nestled deep within the Andes Mountains, a few hours outside the capital city of La Paz. The Home opened its doors in 2008 and now provides a loving home for twenty-one amazing children between the ages of four and thirteen. The mission team from First Methodist joined members of Central UMC in Asheville to help with current construction projects and to build relationships with the children and staff.

crop hunger walk

Each October, First United Methodist Church walkers join thousands across the country to raise funds to feed the hungry. The CROP WALK is held in downtown Newton on a Sunday in October.

the corner table

The Corner Table is a Newton, NC soup kitchen that serves nutritious meals to any men, women and children in need. First United Methodist Church members volunteer, contribute financially, and supply meals every year to those in need. For more information, visit

eastern catawba cooperative christian ministries (ECCCM)

The Mission Statement of ECCCM is to bring together the resources of the Christian community to serve the people in need of crisis assistance, support and education, in response to God’s call. Church members volunteer and contribute financially to ECCCM. To learn more, visit

peanut butter and jelly ministry

The first Sunday of every month, plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly are collected for Conover School.

silver bell tree

At Christmas, members and friends of First United Methodist Church collect gifts for the elderly in Catawba County that are serviced by Social Services.

community christmas party

First United Methodist partners with a local elementary school to provide Christmas gifts for several children and their families who are in need at the holidays. They are treated to a special Community Christmas Party which includes dinner, the Christmas story, entertainment and of course, a visit from Santa!

project agape

Through Project AGAPE (a joint ministry venture of the Western and North Carolina Conferences) First Methodist Newton sends Christmas shoeboxes to children who are not served through the nationally recognized Samaritan’s Purse. For the past 15 years, Project AGAPE has been (and continues to be) the ONLY humanitarian relief group in the Kashatagh region of Armenia. Project AGAPE assists with humanitarian and benevolent activities such as an orphanage / children’s home, educational and training opportunities, distribution of food & clothing and The Cattle Project (Heifer Project does not serve this region). Project AGAPE also supports the local priest and the medical director for the area hospital. To discover more about Project AGAPE please visit