Community Outreach

Backpack Ministry

Riverside Backpack Ministry is a ministry for underprivileged children throughout the Macon Community. Nonperishable food bags are packed by volunteers each week during the school year to be distributed to school children who would otherwise not have food on the weekend. Manpower is a great need of this ministry!  Help is needed mainly with packing the bags for distribution and actually delivering bags to the schools. Packing is done on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, and after our Wednesday Night Live supper on Wednesday Evenings. Deliveries are done on Thursday and/or Friday for children to take home in their backpacks. Presently we deliver food to 500+ children at 7 schools in Macon. From that number, you can see that there is a GREAT NEED for this ministry in our community. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this vital ministry is invited to call the Riverside UMC Church Office at 478-746-9688.

School Book Program

Every year the congregation donates new books to elementary schools in our Backpack Ministry. Our goal is to make sure that every student has their very own book. This program also allows the school to build up their school library and be able to promote good reading skills.


Monthly Outreach Programs


Daybreak is sponsored by Depaul USA, and they envision a society in which everyone has a place to call home and a stake in his/her community. Their mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it. Daybreak offers low-threshold access for clients, comprehensive services in one place, and interfaith community support

Macon Outreach

Since 1971, Macon Outreach has worked cooperatively with churches, area services, and volunteers to address the needs of those living in poverty in Central Georgia. During 2014, we served over 55,000 hot, nutritious meals from our Downtown Kitchen, over 7,000 people in Bibb County received emergency groceries from our Grocery Pantry, and over 1,000 families received gently used clothing from our Clothing Closet.

Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia

The Rescue Mission is designed with six sleeping rooms for males and seven rooms for female domestic violence victims and their children. It includes a full service commercial kitchen, cafeteria, and food pantry to address issues of hunger not just for its residents but also the surrounding area. The Mission expanded its programs to include the distribution of meals and hygiene kits, and today it serves approximately 90 people dinner in its Daily Bread meal program.

Wesley Glen Ministries

Wesley Glen Ministries serves adults with developmental disabilities by providing a home environment and continuum of programs to allow each individual to develop skills and greater confidence while living happy, full lives as contributing members of their Wesley Glen family and the surrounding community.

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth

The mission of The Methodist Home is to be a model agency that restores childhoods, strengthens families, and cultivates a people-building organization. Their vision is to be an organization where “a child receives more physical care, love, understanding, and encouragement than he is likely to experience without.”

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief: Operation Christmas Child

After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel. Every November, Christmas boxes are filled with essential items that will be shipped to children in underdeveloped countries just in time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.