Our church works to serve the local community as well as those farther away. We help to feed our local community, we have completed trips to Maine and Kentucky to help families local to those communities, and we also support the Nicaragua Covenant of the New England United Methodist Church.
Feed the Need
For over 15 years, Ballard Vale United Church has provided cereal to Neighbors in Need (NIN). NIN is a Lawrence-based food pantry that provides food to people experiencing food insecurity in the Merrimack Valley. Church members bring a box or two each Sunday and place it at the front of the church. As part of our service the children bring the cereal to the Cereal Ark! We deliver approximately 1000 pounds of cereal each year.
Our Cereal Ark
Every Christmas we collect food to make Christmas dinners for families through Neighbors in Need. This one one of our biggest mission projects and the whole community gets involved! Our goal is to collect over 100 meals to help feed families and in 2018 and 2019 we exceeded our goal!
Delivering Christmas meals to Neighbors in Need
Scout Troop 76
We are proud to be the chartering organization for Scouts BSA Troop 76 for many decades. Their meetings and events take place generally on Friday evenings and weekends.
Check out their website for more information: Scouts BSA Troop 76 website
Andover Senior Center
We are blessed to be able to house the Andover Senior Center while they undergo construction of an exciting new center! You can see some of their events on the calendar on our website and full information on their website here:
Andover Elder Services
In July 2014 we organized a mission trip to the Henderson Settlement to Frakes, Kentucky. 8 adults and 8 youth got to better understand the extreme poverty that exists in the country and worked to improve the home of some of the poorest in that area of Appalachia.
In 2015 and 2016 mission teams traveled to Salem Township, Maine. The groups stayed at the United Methodist Economic Ministry and helped to maintain the sites property, support some on-site projects, and assist several members of the community to improve their homes.
Members of our congregation working on a church in Salem Township, ME
Ballard Vale United Church is an active supporter of the Nicaragua Covenant of the New England Methodist Church. In 2008 and 2010 we sent delegations to Nicaragua for a week to learn more about the people there and discern how we can be of help. Since that time the church has been actively involved in sending material aid, sponsoring teachers for schools, supporting a sewing education program by providing sewing machines, and paying for delegates from Nicaragua to attend Annual Conference and worship with us. Several years ago the church bought a gas cook stove for a feeding program in Nicaragua and each year we raise funds to provide the gas needed for the stove.
Some of our Nicaraguan friends