Mission and Outreach

  • Nearly $40,000 given annually for local and global ministries
  • Vital United Methodist Women’s group that donates funds annually for mission work
  • Scholarship support to children and youth attending United Methodist summer camp
  • Volunteer and monetary support for Project Outreach – Urban ministry at Washington Park UMC, Providence
  • In-Church Food Pantry ministry serves 25-40 families a month
  • Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts program through Angel Tree and in conjunction with the State Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Medical Assistance Fund provides grants and loans to congregants and supports medical clinics offering free care to people in need!

Angel Tree and Coat Distribution

Once again Shepherd of the Valley stepped up to make the lives of those less fortunate a little better. This year’s Angel Tree was a huge success, making Christmas merry for the children of those in the RI prison system. Before Christmas we handed out more than 30 coats to the families who utilize the food pantry.

Food Assistance Available

If you know of someone who is experiencing food insecurity, we can help! The only requirement for access to our food pantry is need. Food pick-up is usually on Wednesdays, but other arrangements can be made if needed. Food allergies and issues are accommodated. Call the office for sign-up.

Shepherd’s Pantry

Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry. We currently need mac and cheese, soup, and vegetables. Gift cards to help out with milk, fruit, and meat (or gas) are also appreciated. Running low on boxes too! Computer paper boxes are the ideal size. Someone is at the church regularly to collect and distribute your offerings.

Magazines Needed

Please save your old magazines. AJ, one of our church children, relieves stress by tearing magazines and needs more given the increased tension of these times. Please drop your magazines off outside the Hope Room door (where the food pantry bins are located). We will be sure to get them to AJ.

Medical Assistance Fund

The Medical Assistance Fund was established some years ago to help congregation members with medical bills and related expenses. If you need this type of help, please contact Pastor Effie directly.

Save Your Pop-Tabs!

Keep saving your pop-tabs (soda or soup cans, etc.), putting them in the box in the kitchen, for the Ronald McDonald house in Providence.


We have a number of shut-ins who could use a phone call, card, note, or delivery. Contact Pastor Effie or the church office if you can help.

Help Wanted

Audio-Visual Help
We are looking for one or two more people to help on a rotating schedule the AV/Audio system. Training will be provided. If you are interested or want to see if this is something that may interest you, please contact Sandy Knapp.
Nursery Help
While we have a paid nursery staff member, an additional person is needed each Sunday. If interested, please contact Lisa Marciniak. There is a television in the nursery to view the worship service.
Ushers Needed
We need two ushers each Sunday as this is a vital part of our worship service. If you are a person who likes to welcome members and visitors and assist in other ways on a rotating schedule, please contact Sandy Knapp at sknapp719@icloud.com