DINNER CHURCH 2020“The New Normal”

Ms Pearl says here, at The Place United Methodist Church, a new church start,

we developed a “much needed ministry called Tabatha's Place,” to distribute nonperishable

items: food, face masks, and hand sanitizer to those in need. Our distribution location is West End Fresh Seafood Market, 2206 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC, owned an operated by Bernetta Powell, a United Methodist. As people pick up these items, we share the love of Christ, inform them about our Sunday virtual worship service and Bible Study on Tuesday evening. We also have a Prayer box on location for those with prayer requests.

Dinner Church has a different look and feel, We developed a free lunch program for students and senior citizens in the area. They can pick up nutritious meals on Wednesday and Saturday between 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. This program is sponsored by NC Black Leadership & Organizing Collective, Marlie Q's Caribbean Queen, Eat Well Exchange, Inc. and West End Fresh Seafood Market.

The Place Church will be in collaboration with Marlie Q’s to become one of their sponsors for the free lunch program for a short period of time. We also have a partnership with the Rosa Parks Farmers Market. Anyone can get a FREE 10lb bag of chicken with a $20 purchase of produce, compliments of the Historic West End Partners, Westside Meats, Community Dream Builders, West End Fresh Seafood, and Uwharrie Bank. EBT/SNAP,Credit/Debit & Cash accepted. Rain or shine, indoors , if raining.

We also had a free baby food program which included soft food for any person unable to eat solid food, was a great addition, to the Dinner Church model.. This program was sponsored by Carolina Farm Trust, Historic West End Partners, Council of Elders, and West End Fresh Seafood Market. We hope to continue this work. Dinner Church look much different than we first visioned this. The church has left the building and is now in the neighborhood.

If you would like to know more about the Metro District Dinner Church Network, please contact Rev Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Metro District Vitality Strategist at shand@wnccumc.org #MetroDistrictStrong

Submitted by Pearl Dawkins & Bernetta

Powell, laity of The Place UMC

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