The Methodist Church has stated its purpose: The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is our goal at The Plains UMC to encourage and mobilize our congregation to participate in local, national, and global mission and outreach opportunities.

We partner with several local groups such as Good Works homeless ministry by opening the church for the Friday Night Life free meal and Discovery Kids Club and free lunch program in the summer. Also, we serve as a disaster relief and blood mobile site for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.  Jackson Area Ministries, Church World Service and Samaritans Purse are other groups that we support. We also have an ongoing emergency food pantry that assists many families in need throughout the community. Special opportunities include events like Vacation Bible school, 5th quarters, and the ice cream social.


Fifth Quarter - Each week that the Athens Bulldogs Football Team plays a home game, we offer a safe and fun place for Middle School and High School Students to come, get some food, play some basketball or video games or just hang out. We open at the end of the game and end at midnight!

Food Pantry - the Helping Hand emergency food pantry is open the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-7:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday of each month from 11:30-12:30 pm.  This Ministry serves individuals and families in The Plains, Chauncey, Millfield, and New Marshfield.

Vacation Bible School - Every summer we offer Vavation Bible School for grades preschool through 6th grade.

Ice Cream Social - This all church annual fundraising event is held on the third Saturday in July. It is open to the public and offers homemade ice cream, chicken noodles, sandwiches, side dishes and desserts. This is a great way to connect with our neighbors and enjoy a time of fellowship.

Partner with Good Works

  • Friday Night Life Community Dinner - This is a free meal that takes place in our Family Life Center every Friday night beginning in October through March and is open to the community.
  • Discovery Kids Club and Free Lunch Program - This is a week day ministry of Good Works that is held at the Plains UMC beginning in June through first week of August. A free Children’s program is offered every morning from 9-11:00 am and ends with a free lunch at noon that is also open to adults.