Mission Ministries

FOOD PANTRY

Crossroads Food Pantry began in the 1980's as an outreach  ministry to serve those in our community in need of food assistance.  Originally our food pantry served approximately 60-80 families per  month. Now we are serving approximately 290-300 families each month. Our  clients come in all ages from the very elderly, to families with small  children,and to families who have combined their resources into one  household in order to exist. With a team of dedicated volunteers through  the years we have become one of the most popular and sought after  pantries on the westside. We supply 3 meals per day for 4 days once  a month per member of the household.  We are blessed to be able, due to  the generosity of our congregation, to serve those who come to us in  need.   

The Crossroads Food Pantry is open every Tuesday at 4:30pm and every Wednesday  at 11:30am.  You do not need to be referred by JOIN and you do not need  to call to make an appointment.  

FREE INTERFAITH LEGAL CLINIC

 The Hilltop Shalom Zone Free Interfaith Legal Clinic is a program in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Staffed by volunteer lawyers from the Columbus community, free legal  advice is available to any person.*  The purpose of the clinic is to  help low-income persons who can’t afford a lawyer to move one step  closer to resolving their legal problem. When: Every second Thursday of the month. Where: Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague Avenue, at the corner of Briggs Road. Find map here

Details:   

  • Interpreters are available on-call for Spanish and Somali upon request.
  • Registration is followed by conference with a lawyer.  Participants  are matched with an attorney with appropriate specialization or  experience, so we do not operate on a “first-come-first-served” basis.   Rather, we will make sure participants have the best match to the  skills of their lawyer.

*Participation is restricted to those whose gross household income is  250% of the Federal Poverty level (this includes wages and salaries  before any deductions, child support received, Social Security  retirement or disability benefits, SSI benefits, and any other cash or  money income received by any member of the household.  Gross income does  not include food stamps, medical cards, or housing voucher or  subsidies.) 

WESTSIDE MINISTRIES FREE STORE

The Westside Free Store Ministries  (WSFM) is a faith based, charitable organization designed to share  resources, build relationships and create community on Columbus' west  side.  Through the volunteer effort and generosity of many people,  churches and organizations, the WSFM serves thousands of people in need  each year.  We provide gently used clothing and shoes, household goods,  books, toys, and personal care items.  Volunteers sort clothing, stock  shelves, check out merchandise and serve pastries (donated by Kroger and  Giant Eagle) and beverages in Sarah's Kitchen.  A meal is prepared and  served every Saturday by local churches.  Everything is donated.

"...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40

FREE COMMUNITY MEAL

On the 3rd Saturday of every month Crossroads UMC opens the kitchen to  the community for a Free Community Meal. Fresh cooked meals are  prepared, "just like Mom used to make," to share with our friends and  neighbors from the surrounding community. Lots of smiles, laughter and  well wishes are shared with our friends from the surrounding  neighborhood each month as we share the blessings we have received with  others.  

FREE FARMER'S MARKET

The purpose of the Farmer’s Market is to provide fresh fruit and  vegetables to those who could use a boost in their kitchen budget.  This  food is provided by the local farmers who in turn give it to the Mid-Ohio Food bank.  We just completed our third summer of this  ministry.  Our clients come in and register and then they can go out and  shop for the produce they can use. The Farmer's Market ministry  has grown each year, serving more people and distributing more produce  than the previous year, thanks to an awesome group of people at  Crossroads who continue to volunteer and work very hard to provide for  those in need in our community.  

GREATER HILLTOP AREA SHALOM ZONE

Crossroads UMC is a Partner in the  Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone -   an energetic movement for justice, peacemaking and renewal of Columbusʼ  Hilltop Community, and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.   

The Shalom Zone is a network of individuals and organizations  committed to curbing the pandemic violence and addressing the  educational, cultural, economic, health and spiritual needs of the Westside of Columbus. "The Zone" has discovered amazing opportunities  and creative partnerships for moving forward in our mission of  revitalizing our community. 

MUSTARD SEED HOMELESS OUTREACH MINISTRY

Mustard Seed is our newest ministry outreach program. In partnership  with members of Brice United Methodist Church, a team prepares sack  lunches on Saturdays that are then taken out to nearby homeless  communities and enclaves in the Greater Hilltop and Franklinton areas.  In addition to meals, clothing items, blankets, and other items are  provided, as well as prayers, and once a month Holy Communion is taken  to these new friends as well.  

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA FREE COUNSELING

Crossroads UMC also serves as a host site for The Mental Health America  of Franklin County Pro Bono Counseling Program, which links volunteer  mental health professionals in the community with those who need but  cannot afford mental health counseling. The program's volunteers are  licensed and insured mental health professionals who provide short term  counseling (12 sessions or less) at no cost to the recipient.  

SCOUTING

 Crossroads hosts a wide variety of scouts troops and packs. For outdoor  lovers, our boy scout troops are active in camping, hiking, fishing,  backpacking and sleeping and cooking in the outdoors, and spend a week  in the summer at Scout camp. For younger boys we also have Cub Scouts  and for girls we host two Girl Scout troops. We have members actively  involved both as scouts and as leaders, so come by on Monday nights for  Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts or Wednesday nights for Girl Scouts. 

ADDICTION MINISTRIES

Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meets here on a weekly basis. Large  groups and small groups are hosted at Crossroads as part of the  transformation ministries that have been a part of Methodist Church  ministries for years. For more information about dates and times, go to www.AACentralOhio.org. 

WELCOMING THE COMMUNITY

Crossroads United Methodist Church is more than just a local church -  it's a community center. In addition to the ministries listed above,  Crossroads also hosts the Hilltop Area Kiwanis, who meet here every  Thursday at lunchtime. 

The Hilltop Area Historical Society holds their  monthly meetings here at 7pm on the first Monday of each month.  

Crossroads is also a key voting location at election times.