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Current Ways to Serve

Food Drive

Bring your non-perishable food goods to Highland on Sunday, January 30, 2 - 5 PM for our next drive-up food drive to support the Interfaith Food Shuttle. Not sure what to contribute? Check out recommendations from the Food Shuttle. Monetary contributions are also welcome through the church office and designated "Food Drive."

Family Promise 2022

Family Promise will return to the traditional church rotation model beginning the week of March 6. Until further notice, Family Promise will host one group (3-4 families) in churches & the other group of families at the transitional shelter beside the FP center. The guests in the transitional housing will be provided meals from host churches as has been done during COVID. Highland UMC is scheduled for four weeks – the weeks of March 13 & July 24, families will be with us and the weeks of April 3 & November 13 we will provide food at the shelter.

Family Promise has taken several precautions to make the restart as safe as possible. They have offered guests financial incentives to get vaccinations, they have twice a day temperature checks & they have reserved several apartments in case anyone gets sick, they can be separated from other guests. They will also send smaller groups to the churches. When Family Promise guests are visiting, several alterations to our program will be reviewed & implemented such as wearing masks, meals being left to be served instead of eating together, more frequent cleaning surfaces, and volunteers would need to be vaccinated. As the COVID numbers are more controlled, we will get back to the more interactive version of Family Promise that church members & guests have enjoyed in the past.

Celebrating the Garden

Highland's Community Victory Garden has finished its 11th growing season and has donated over 10 tons of fresh produce to the Interfaith Food Shuttle. The NC Conference featured our gardeners and their stories on Everyday Grace TV, a ministry of the Conference. Enjoy their feature of our beloved ministry!

Disaster Response

Highland's Disaster Response Team is a uniquely-equipped group of first-responders who are able to do tree work in areas recovering from severe weather events. Partnering with Avent Ferry UMC and led by Cullen Whitley, this group has helped families all across eastern North Carolina and are often some of the first folks called when disaster strikes. This group was recently featured in a video by our North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

This group's work is on-going, recently including trips to Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian. Interested in supporting their work or joining their team? Contact team leader Cullen Whitley.

Serving our community and the world in the following ways...

Feed      House    Welcome      Advocate

...and serving our church family in Christian love.


Outreach Team

The Outreach Team helps to coordinate and equip all the people of Highland to serve as Christ's hands and feet in the world.   Contact Rev. Amanda Bunce for more information.

Congregational Care

The Care Ministries team works to ensure members of the Highland community are cared for in times of need.  You can become part of the regular visitation team or be added to a call list to help when you can.  Contact Candi Scott to volunteer, or to share a request for prayer or visitation