Showing God's love in practical ways

We are on a mission of becoming living proof of God's love, one person at a time. When we surrender our lives to that mission, we see each moment as an opportunity to bridge the gaps caused by unmet needs and brokenness all around us. We believe each of us has a gifts to offer as a demonstration of God's love to the world.

Festival of Stars

Now Through Sunday, December 6

Each year, Christ Church United Methodist members and community provide Christmas gifts for those who otherwise would have none. Since selecting stars from a Christmas tree is not practical this year, you may make Christmas wishes come true in two ways:
1.Donate toward the purchase of requested gift cards. We have received requests totaling $6,600 from our refugee families, residents of The United Methodist Home for Children and Youth, children served by Lighthouse Community Center, clients of The Healing Place and residents of Wesley Manor. You may contribute any amount via
  • Check mailed to the church with Festival of Stars in the memo line
  • Online via the member portal or Paypal. Make sure to select Festival of Stars.
  • Text to give by texting to 30131, the dollar amount and CCUMFestival  (i.e. $50 CCUMFESTIVAL) 

2. Shop for specific gifts requested by a Wesley Manor resident or one of our sponsored refugee children. Click here to be taken to Sign Up Genius.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and spirit of giving this holiday season!


The Healing Place                                                     

The Healing Place Amazon Wish List

Towels, socks, and blankets for the women of The Healing Place as they work through recovery. You can purchase items on this wish list or buy these items at your preferred retailer and ship them to:

Alaina Combs
The Healing Place
1503 So. 15th St.
Louisville, KY 40210


Staff and students have had to adjust to accommodate health precautions such as the campus closing to visitors, outing cancellations and school closures. They’ve had to change their therapeutic routines. And they need our help! Prolonged hours have made access to activities, snacks, and other resources especially important. Household supplies are also necessary to meet the additional demands of being center-bound. Consider providing:

  • Meal relief for staff: Gift cards to restaurants open for takeout or delivery.
    • Gift cards can be mailed to
      c/o Development
      1015 Dorsey Lane
      Louisville KY 40223
  • Activities for resident students (teen girls): water color paints, jump ropes, puzzle books, non-paper based games (ex, electronic Simon), etc.
  • Household essentials: laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.); the families Maryhurst works with in the community—especially those who are homebound—need additional help while shortages persist.
    • Activities and household essentials can be dropped off or shipped to 1015 Dorsey Lane, Louisville KY 40223

Physical gift cards allow staff to purchase any necessary items for the youth at any of the three KYUMH campuses. Physical gift cards can be purchased here, and sent to Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes, ATTN: Development Department, 115 Ashgrove Rd. Nicholasville, KY 40356.


Create Handmade Masks: Through, we are making handmade masks for first responders, residential homes (such as nursing homes and The Healing Place), and others. Hour of Need volunteers can deliver materials and pick up masks through a contact-free process. Christ Church member Dr. Kathryn Cashner and former Director of Outreach Shelah Woodruff created this video to provide more information about this pressing need.


Write an encouraging note for a child, senior, or staff person who supports them. Notes can be written for:

  • Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes staff and resident youth: . Notes can be sent to
    c/o [name]
    1115 Ashgrove Rd
    Nicholasville, KY  40356

  • Wesley Manor residents: Cards can be sent to
    Wesley Manor
    Attn: Sandy Rheaume, Activity Director
    Louisville, KY 40219

  • Norton Healthcare: There are a number of ways you can support Norton Healthcare.

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Pray for our local, regional and international ministry partners. In this COVID-19 season, while so many organizations struggle to meet payroll, they show great ingenuity and creativity in finding ways to serve and share God’s love with their communities. Pray that they remain healthy in the face of this pandemic, that the economic struggles do not exacerbate systemic inequalities, and that all will be able to continue to adapt and act with grace and compassion with the support and encouragement of partner organizations and congregations like Christ Church. If you’d like to send an encouraging note to their staff, it would also be appreciated!

View our partner organizations by clicking on the link below:

our partners


UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) — As many storms threaten different areas around the world, UMCOR and our partners prepare to respond, especially to Hurricanes Michael and Florence in the United States and Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) in the Philippines . Please join us in prayer for the areas affected and consider a gift to UMCOR Disaster Response. 100% of the funds you donate to UMCOR go directly to the needed areas. 

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DONATIONS — Ongoing donations and Targeted donations to meet specific needs happen throughout the year. For a list of accepted ongoing donation items and dropoff/pickup information, see below. Targeted donation information is shared in eNews, Sunday School fliers, social media, the bulletin and other communication outlets.

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