Five Fold Mission Emphasis
In January 2012, the Mission Team at Linworth decided to adopt a new mission philosophy in order to make a deep difference in the lives of persons we serve. As a result, a five-fold mission emphasis was developed that will become the focus of the Mission Ministry at Linworth UMC. The Mission team recognizes and encourages individuals and small groups within the church to be in mission and honors the efforts and activities that these individuals and groups support in addition to these five:
- In Our Own Backyard
- House on the Hilltop
- Linking Linworth to Laos
- New Life UMC Partnership
The House on the Hilltop
For the last 3 years Linworth has been on a journey of faith in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. This journey began with a donation of a badly damaged house at 159 S. Eureka Avenue and continued with the renovation of that house by members of the Linworth family. In January 2014, the Linworth Hilltop House opened for ministry with one seminary intern residing in the house and a homework help program. The homework help program continues to take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Since January the Hilltop House team has been working to build partnerships in the neighborhood. Currently our partners include the Hilltop Shalom Zone, The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, West Broad Elementary School and Glenwood United Methodist Church.
Ministries at the Hilltop House include Back to School haircuts, Homework Help twice a week for students, and produce distribution through our partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Each month a produce distribution takes place at both the Hilltop House and West Broad Elementary. Combined, these produce distributions serve over 1300 people every month.
The Hilltop House is an extraordinary mission that has had as big of an impact on Linworth as we hope to have on our community and the city of Columbus.