Missions and Outreach

The Missions and Outreach Ministry at Maple Springs United Methodist Church seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ in our local community and beyond. We offer service opportunities and support in the following areas on an ongoing basis, and we try to be attentive to new service needs as they arise.

Burn Unit Ministry

"Once a month, a small team..... of the patients and their families. Our team provides a meal, encouragement and appreciation for all that they do. This ministry helps restore the staff through simple kindness, love and prayers to restore the compassion and love these care givers constantly show their patients.  If you are interest in this ministry contact Lynn Bailey rlbailey58@att.net.

BBQ Fundraiser

The BBQ fundraiser and bake sale is an annual event to raise money and food items for the Maple Springs food pantry.  This event is held on a Saturday evening in the spring.  There is always a need for cooks, helpers, servers, bakers set up and clean up.  If you ar interested contact SueEllen Thomas sthomasrn@hotmail.com

Building Team

Occasionally we receive requests from the community or by church members  for assistance with minor home repairs or things such as building a wheelchair ramp.  If you are interested in this outreach program contact Steven Blackwell spblackwell90@gmail.com.

Craft Group Ministry

The Craft Group meets on Friday at 1:30 in the lobby of Craven Hall.  We have made prayer shawls, baby blankets, hats for the food pantry and many other projects as we are needed, as well as working on our own projects!  This group is not just for knitting or crochet.  Anyone interested in fun and fellowship while working on creative projects is invited to join us!”   For more information, please contact Nancy Karriker  nancyste@aol.com or Martha Lytle mc1264@yahoo.com.

Creation Care Ministry

The Creation Care Ministry at Maple Springs is about growing an attitude of caring for God’s  awesome Creation, and then translating that attitude of caring into intentional “acts of caring.” By participating in these “acts of caring,” both as an individual and as a church community, we are witnessing our love of God to others – showing in a very visible way that we value what God gave us enough to take care of it! 


Would you like to dial back your waste through our Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Rejoice program, grow a pollinator garden, make your yard wildlife friendly, clean up roadways and stream sides around our community, become more energy efficient, convert to renewable energy, eat in a more healthful and environmentally friendly way, grow an organic community garden to help feed the hungry, plant trees, use less paper to save trees, begin composting, save water, provide safe drinking water for those without, live more sustainably, buy more sustainably, learn more about living sustainably? If so, these, and many others, are the “acts of caring” we’re talking about!


If interested, watch for announcements of upcoming events and join in! Better yet, bring your ideas, as well as your passion, to Kim Richmond, srichmond13@triad.rr.com, 336-734-8644, and let’s get going!


Psalm 24:1-2…The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

Plants and Flowers Ministry

This ministry is sponsored by the Board of Trustees to help beautify the outside of our church by maintaining the plantings and flowers.  Activities include weeding, planting annuals and bulbs, minor trimming and other special projects.

This group gathers several times a season as needed and weather permitting!   For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ceil Hodgin (ceilhodgin@me.com  336-413-0492) or Chuck Kupsky (chuck.kupsky@wellsfargo.com  336-972-5123).

Maple Springs Food Pantry

Feeding the hungry is a priority at Maple Springs. Our food pantry was established on November 13, 2000 to offer short-term emergency food assistance to those in our local community who are in need. The ministry has continued to grow year after year. The Maple Springs Food Pantry is supported by Boy Scout Troop 926, local food drives, individual contributions from our Maple Springs family, volunteers, and others in our community.

Food Pantry Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday
9:00am to 11:00am & 1:00pm to 3:00pm
(unless church office is closed)

Qualifying families may visit once per month to pick up one week’s supply of food.

  • Volunteers: Volunteers (18 years or older) are needed each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve food pantry clients. There are also opportunities available to various age groups during Friday morning shopping, unloading, and restocking. Volunteer duties included stocking shelves, preparing food bags, inventory management, and preparing for each weeks opening and closing. Interested volunteers may sign up for a shift at VolunteerSpot.com.
  • Food Donations: Food donations are accepted in the collection space inside Craven Fellowship Hall or outside of the Sanctuary. The food pantry is also in need of grocery bags (both plastic and paper).

For more information, contact the Food Pantry Coordinator.

Habitat for Humanity

Maple Springs Church is a part of the Habitat for Humanity FITH Build program.  This is an initiative where multidenominational groups cone together to raise money and build homes in the Winston-Salem Community.  People of all skill levels are needed to assist in various stages of construction & fund-raising.  If you are interested contact Mike Campbell campbell810@bellsouth.com.

H.O.P.E (Help Our People Eat) Ministry

Maple Springs UMC has partnered with H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston Salem, a nonprofit group providing bag lunches to hungry children at strategic locations on Sundays, to pack 100 meals per week, the first three Sundays and any fifth Sunday of the month. Packing is done during the Sunday school hour, after which the packed lunches are delivered to the H.O.P.E. food truck for further distribution to the hungry children around the Winston Salem area.  For more information about the program and its mission, visit the H.O.P.E. website.

  • Volunteer with H.O.P.E. at Maple Springs UMC.  Volunteers are needed to help pack the lunches during the Sunday school hour, to pick up coolers Saturday to use for packing, and to drop off coolers on Sunday after they are packed. There are numerous opportunities for additional personal and financial involvement detailed on the HOPE website if an individual is interested in further involvement .For more information, or to get involved, contact Kim Richmond  srichmond13@triad.rr.com  

Martha Ministry

The Martha Ministry provides meals or a reception (upon request) to church members and their close family members in the event of a funeral. Meals typically follow a set menu, and volunteers are welcome! The four teams that currently serve this ministry enjoy providing this act of love for their Christian brothers or sisters.  For more information or to join a team, contact Dot Atkinson (336-922-5639) or  Elinor Starling (336-774-2396).

Mission Trips

These are trips that are offered to adults which can be anywhere from 3-7 days. We go to locations in need of help with building repairs and care ministry.  Adults that are willin to serve in various projects and locations.  If you are interested contact

Old Town School Ministry Outreach

For a number of years, Maple Springs UMC has had an ongoing support effort for Old Town Elementary School. Past activities have included appreciation luncheons for faculty and staff, distribution of Blessings Day parcels, providing books for summer reading, volunteer time in the school bookstore, providing school supplies at the start of the school year, providing basic health kits, tutoring and providing jackets for winter. Most of our past support originated with the United Methodist Women (UMW).

We have a continued interest in these types of activities, and we also have members interested in reading programs to enhance the students’ reading skills. Our support is vital for Old Town School which does not have a viable Parent-Teacher Association outlet to provide help and support.

Old Town School has a designated coordinator for volunteer opportunities who will be working with Maple Springs and other church and civic groups to see that any support offered will be effectively utilized, and that different agencies will not work at cross or overlapping purposes.

The Missions and Outreach Committee appreciates the outstanding support rendered by the UMW. We wish to build on that history, and we want the entire congregation of Maple Springs to share in the positive efforts being made for student success.

For more information, please contact Kay Tuttle

Forsyth County Jail and Prison Ministry

The Forsyth County Jail and Prison Ministry works to minister to the holistic needs of inmates in our local prison system. This group of volunteers are active in a variety of projects including:


  • Personal hygiene item collection from Maple Springs and distribution to the inmates
  • Community Volunteers Sponsorship of outings with inmates who earn passes
  • Weekly on site Bible study/mentoring meetings (begun by Jerry Murray in the 1960s)
  • Nine-month Disciple Bible Study leadership opportunities
  • Four-week financial literacy training
  • GED, math, reading and writing tutoring as scheduled
  • Semimonthly” Bridge Club” in which volunteers or professionals provide practical training in addiction, anger management, building relationships, setting goals and educational opportunities such as local community colleges
  • After release, the ministry offers one-on-one mentoring opportunities including volunteering at the Eureka House

You can help by becoming a volunteer, donating toiletries in boxes provided such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo, sunscreen, after shave lotion (not smell-good products or razor blades) or men's suits, shirts and ties for Work Release interviews, or by making a financial contributions c/o FPJM. Prayers are greatly appreciated. Contact Peter Venable at oelkers9@msn.com

Pumpkin Patch at Maple Springs

Recently, pumpkin patch operation was broadened to be a church-wide ministry. Youth are, of course, still an important part of the program, but proceeds are now used more broadly to help fund our church-wide missions and outreach ministries.

Perhaps the most important part of the pumpkin patch is welcoming members of the community to our church campus. We offer an open invitation to members of our community to worship, work, and serve God with us. The pumpkin patch is one way we can invite the community to make a first visit to our church in a comfortable environment for a fun time of shopping for pumpkins. 

For more information, please contact Mary Taylor Setliff.

2018 Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch at Maple Springs, one of Winston-Salem's favorite harvest-time traditions, is celebrating its 40th year!

Pumpkin Sales
Pumpkins will be sold October 1 through October 30.  The Patch is open Monday through Friday from 1pm to 7pm.  It also open on Saturday from 11am to 7pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 7pm.  Make plans to visit with your family and friends to find the right pumpkin(s) for your Halloween and harvest time celebrations! Many shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties will be available.

School/Class Visits
Maple Springs welcomes school and class visits to the pumpkin patch. To schedule a visit for your group, please contact Mary Taylor Setliff.

Movie in the Patch


Maple Springs Volunteers
Please click here  to sign up for pumpkin sale volunteer shifts. Thank you for your help!

Pumpkin Patch Palooza

Sunday, October

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Maple Springs United Methodist Church
2569 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
FREE admission and parking, donations of canned food accepted


Join us for an epic community-wide celebration of pumpkins! Pumpkin Patch Palooza will feature free food, live music, games, prizes, inflatables, a petting zoo, and more.

Activities include:

  • PUMPKIN SALE: Includes 10+ varieties of pumpkins and gourds. Prices range from $0.75 to $40, based on size. Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit missions of Maple Springs UMC.
  • LIVE MUSIC: Featuring Gypsy Laurel
  • FREE FOOD: A snack supper will be served to attendees.
  • FREE GIFT: All attendees will receive a free gift from Maple Springs UMC
  • INFLATABLES & GAMES: Enjoy an inflatable slide, bounce house and family-friendly games with prizes
  • PETTING ZOO: Pet the furry animals from Noah's Place Petting Zoo!
  • “CAN THE VAN”: Although admission to the event is free, attendees are invited to bring canned food to donate to the Maple Springs Food Pantry which serves the needy in our community. Our goal is to fill the food pantry van with cans!

For more information, contact Mary Taylor Setliff (marytaylor@maplesprings.org, 336-722-7563).

Reception Ministry

Volunteer receptionists are a vital part of the ministry at Maple Springs United Methodist Church. Volunteers are asked to help with simple tasks including:
  • Answering the telephone
  • Greeting visitors and directing them to the appropriate person, area, meeting etc.
  • Assisting the Office Manager with mailings, copying etc. as needed.
  • Opening the door for visitors, parents etc.
  • Giving out information for worship, calendar, meeting etc.

Substitute receptionists are always needed and training is available. Volunteers are needed from 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. For more information or to sign up, please contact Betsy Bechtel (336-722-7563).

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger has become an annual event at Maple Springs in which a crowd of volunteers gather in Craven Hall to pack nutrition dense compact meals. Meals are then distributed worldwide to feed hungry school children.  There is always a need for people to work together in an assembly-line fashion to pack meals.  If interested contact Kim Richmond srichmond13@triad.rr.com

UMCOR Relief Ministry

Maple Springs United Methodist Church supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), an organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in 80+ countries, including the United States. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

Volunteer: Volunteers provide assistance throughout the year, based on needs. Groups and individuals (all ages!) are needed to plan, assemble, and distribute items such as backpacks, hygiene kits, and flood buckets throughout the year.

Donate: Donation of various supplies are collected throughout the year. Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase additional supplies. Prayers for those affected by suffering around the globe are also welcome.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Julie Brito.


UMAR supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of programs in 12 cities across Western North Carolina. Support includes group homes, apartments, vocational services, art programs, and mobile work crews. Visit the UMAR website for more information. For more ideas on how you can get involved, contact Ruby Mossor (704-408-3223).

Donate an item or your time and talents to UMAR! Opportunities listed below.


  • Lysol wipes

  • Paper owels / toilet paper
  • Zip top storage bags
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Plastic storage tubs
  • Craft and art supplies
  • Snacks
  • Gift cards (stores or restaurants)


  • Plant a garden
  • Teach a class or new skill
  • Play games (video or board)
  • Host a party, dance, or cookout
  • Send a card
  • Be a friend
  • Share a meal
  • Sponsor a program

Welcoming Ministry

The Welcoming Ministry Team works to assure that guests of the church feel genuinely welcome.  They accomplish this in a variety of ways and welcome your involvement!  If you're interested in serving the church by joining the Welcoming Ministry Team, please review the volunteer opportunities below then contact Erin Moses (336-722-7563 ext 408) to sign up.

  • Welcome Table Host(ess) – Following the worship service (approx. 10 minutes), stand at the Welcome Table to distribute gifts, answer questions, chat with guests.
  • Outside Greeter – Prior to the worship service (approx. 15 minutes), smile and greet incoming guests.  Notice any newcomers, reach out and speak with them, and assure they are “handed off” to others inside who will assist with seating, etc.
  • Covert Operators – Prior to and during the service, be watchful for first-time guests, approach these guests and welcome them, introduce them to others in the congregation, etc.
  • Shopper and/or Assembler of Gift Bags – Intermittently shop for good deals for items included in the welcome gift bags and/or assemble the bags either in a group or individually.
  • Note Writer – Cover one month of writing notes to first-time guests who attend the various worship services, thanking the guests for attending and inviting them to return.
  • Telephone Caller – When requested by a pastor, contact guests to answer questions, thank for attending, and invite to return.