Missions and Service

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) – Each year since 1972, Westwood United Methodist Church has taken a group of Youth and Adults to work for one week with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) somewhere in the Appalachian Region of the United States. ASP provides vital housing services to low‐income families living in Central Appalachia as well as transformational life experiences to those we serve, volunteers offering their service, congregations involved with ASP, and entire communities. ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. ASP’s goal is to make home’s warmer, safer and dryer for families who are in need. For the youth and young adults of this congregation, ASP is an opportunity to give legs to their faith and place their hands and feet into the service of the lord. To learn more about ASP click here
Midwest Mission – Westwood volunteers annually at Midwest Mission outside
Springfield, IL. Their mission is to bring the hearts and hands of God's people together to transform resources into humanitarian relief. They send tangible resources to those in need to make an intangible difference in their lives through hope and empowerment. Disaster relief, health, education and micro business supplies are given freely through trusted partner non-profits. Our team goes for a week of service, usually the first week of October. There are a variety of ways to serve and there are choices each day of projects to work on such as putting together a variety of kits (school, personal, layette, feminine hygiene, and more), making school desks, polyurethaning desk parts, repairing bicycles, and so much more! Serving together is a joy and God uses that joy to draw us closer to Him, and we get to know fellow team members more, too. At Midwest Mission, we show God’s love in a practical way and
have fun doing so!
Disciple Bible Study – The Disciple Bible Study has been a curriculum of choice at Westwood for over 10 years. Currently there are four levels of Disciple being offered.
Small Group Study – Special topic and small group studies spring up all through the year at Westwood. If you have a desire to learn about a book of the Bible or about current issues facing the church there is a possibility of a group forming around you. New Member Classes – Want to learn more about the United Methodist Church or how Westwood fits in? Want to explore what it means to become a member? These classes, often sponsored by the pastor, will help you find the answers.
Alpha– This is a ten-week, basic introduction to the Christian faith held twice a year at Westwood. “Good food, good fun, real answers.” To find out more about Alpha contact Kevin Secord at info@westwood-umc.org.
Emmaus – Many members and friends of Westwood United Methodist Church have participated in and are active with the Walk to Emmaus. The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”