Rainbow City First UMC builds relationships with community through Clothes Closet ministry


Rainbow City First United Methodist Church (Mountain Lakes District) is reaching out to the community by offering clothing to people in the area. On the last Saturday of each month, the Clothes Closet opens from 9 a.m.to 12 p.m.. People can come in and look through four rooms of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing. There is also a section of shoes, housewares, and toys. Every person can take up to 10 items of clothing or other items at no cost. Last month, the Clothes Closet served 94 people from the area.

Pastor Rev. Ricky Smith  says, "Every month the numbers are increasing."

The Clothes Closet is housed in the old parsonage located behind the church. Rainbow City First UMC church members donate clothing and work in the house to make sure the clothes available are for the right season of the year and that the house is in order for the Saturday that it is open.

Smith adds, "The church considers this a shared ministry because people served by the Clothes Closet also bring donations of clothing and other items to the house. This ministry is allowing the church to build relationships with people in the community and showing God's love for them in a very real way. Our church envisioned this ministry as a way to show our commitment to our church mission of Knowing Jesus …Loving Jesus...Serving Jesus."

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