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.
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.
*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.)
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.