Calvary Serves

The Church, Society and Missions (CS&M) Committee at Calvary assists the Congregation to reach out in Christian love to others. CS&M takes the lead in collaborating to present the Congregation a monthly “priority” Mission. Many of these Missions are based on the immediate need of the surrounding community, or within the Church community itself. In some instances, our Mission efforts reach far beyond our local area, to assist children and families in developing countries. Please contact calvaryumclatham@gmail.com or 785-5142 for additional information on each of the Missions below. 

Capital City Rescue Mission

Calvary supports the Rescue Mission on Pearl Street in Albany in two ways. On the fourth Friday of every third month beginning in January, the Men’s Fellowship at Calvary prepares a full meal in our kitchen, brings it to the Rescue Mission, and serves the meal, giving the staff a much-needed evening off. In addition, on the third Monday of every month, volunteers from Calvary serve the meal prepared by the Rescue Mission staff. 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization reviving older neighborhoods with new housing for low income families. Calvary joins with other area Methodist Churches to sponsor homes. Volunteers assist in fundraising, and building on site. Habitat operates a “Restore” that takes and sells, at low cost, furniture or building supplies, the funds from which also go into building homes. Calvary assisted in a build just completed on Alexander St. in Albany. Another Methodist build is scheduled on Delaware Street in Albany this spring.  For more information go to www.habitat.org.

Volunteers in Mission (VIM)

Volunteers in Mission is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, missionary movement which uses building skills to assist communities where help is needed and invited. Teams are often assembled from members of many congregations, and are supported by a local host group where the help is being given. With the assistance of experienced team members, volunteers grow spiritually and learn new skills while helping others. Calvary teams have participated in week-long trips to Mississippi and Iowa and, more recently, many day trips to Middleburgh, NY to assist in the cleanup and rebuilding of areas affected by Hurricane Irene. 

Africa University

Calvary participates in the support of the Upper New York Conference Scholarship Endowment of AFRICA UNIVERSITY. This campaign seeks to fund 8 scholarships in perpetuity for this University, founded by the united Methodist Church in 1988, as a Pan-African University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. More info at www.africau.edu 

Knitting Mission

The Knitting Ministry at Calvary, through the love of God, reaches out to those in need of hope and healing with gifts of prayer shawls and lap robes. Our meetings promote spiritual growth and fellowship among those present in an atmosphere of caring and affirmation. All knitters and crocheters all welcome, including those who have been knitting for years and those who are new to the craft. 

Free English Tutoring For Adults

An important mission at Calvary is its free English tutoring program for adults who are learning to speak, or desire to improve their ability to write or speak, English. We work with people of all educational levels and backgrounds. Calvary trains volunteers from the church and surrounding community who meet in small group or individual settings to teach English to individuals from around the world and all walks of faith. Tutors help these people obtain citizenship, driver's licenses, apartments, and jobs, changing forever the lives of those we serve.  For more information see English Tutoring