Community Outreach

Our partners in the City of Cincinnati are the foundation of our Community Ministry. They provide opportunities for us to share God’s love in our local community. These partners are essential to the ongoing ministry of Hyde Park Community UMC.  We serve with children, teens, adults and seniors.

March 7, April 4, and May 2

9:00a – Lunchtime

We are piloting a new serve opportunity! As a way to bring families and generations together we are offering different opportunities to serve in meaningful ways throughout Cincinnati. There is something for each age and ability – no superpowers necessary – just a willing, humble, and flexible spirit and a heart for all! Also, there’s no need to sign up, just show up on one of the Super Serve Saturdays!

Each month will look a little different as we begin this ministry but the start and set up is the same. People will gather at 9:00a in the Little Theater (2nd Floor) at Hyde Park Community UMC where donuts, fruit, coffee, and juice will be available as we share the different opportunities to serve in Cincinnati. People will choose what project they want to be part of and teams will leave the church by 9:20a to carpool to various partner locations in the city. There is nothing special required to bring to for any of the projects, although a water bottle is suggested. Clothing and closed-toe shoes can be casual and comfortable.

Here are the project options for Super Serve Saturday on March 7 :

  1. Wesley Chapel Mission Center is committed to showing children and youth (K-12) love and hope through spiritual nourishment, educational programs and social development. A team (ages 8 and up) will be supporting this mission by helping to clean out and organization a storage unit. This team will carpool over and finish at 12:00p.
  2. Habitat for Humanity Restore seeks to put God’s love into action and the Restore sells donated new and used appliances, furniture, cabinets, building projects and household items to the general public. Donating and shopping helps Habitat serve more families in the Greater Cincinnati area! The store gives donors an outlet to recycle and re-purpose items that might otherwise go to local landfills. This team (ages 14 and up) will spend their time sorting/pricing incoming donations, assembling donations, cleaning the store, and assisting with customer service. This team will carpool over to the Restore in Bond Hill and finish at 12:00p.
  3. Project 5000 bags is a tangible way our faith community shares the love of God to our neighbors in Madisonville during the season of Lent. This team will stay at the church and prep the Project 5000 bags by cutting out the shopping list for each bag and stapling them on to hundreds of bags. This is a great option for families to serve together!

If you have any questions before Saturday, please contact Pastor Kate (

Our Community Partners


2020 Auburn Ave.
 is the address for the Juvenile Detention Center for youth ages 11-17.

On Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 7-8pm, youth currently at the Juvenile Detention Center can choose to attend the Bible Study. Because it is an optional activity they are eager to hear what we have to say and to engage in conversation. Prayer requests, Bible reading, and singing make the hour fly by. We provide Bibles for youth who want them. In many cases, contact with a caring adult can make a big difference. Our mission is to serve in the positive development of the children at 2020.

We rotate our involvement with boys one month and girls the next month. We support this ministry by buying Bibles for the teens and by providing Bible teachers each week.

Please pray for the boys and girls at the Juvenile Detention Center, that they may experience the love of Christ in their lives and find mentors and role models who love them for who they are as they journey to wholeness. 

If you are interested in joining the group of servants who lead Bible study with these youth, please contact Rev. Kate Smith.

The Center for Respite Care
 is one of our Community Ministry partners focused on health.

This ministry cares for homeless individuals with medical needs. We support this ministry financially and by having volunteers serve meals and befriend those served by the Center. A small group is also making fleece blankets for the guests.

During our Summer Impact program, we prepare and serve meals for up to 14 homeless men and women, eat lunch with them, and then spend some time playing games with them.

If you would like more information about how you can partner with the Center for Respite Care, please contact Rev. Kate Smith.

We participate in the Shalom Coalition, an interfaith group, of the Cincinnati Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Hyde Park Community Church was one of the founding partners of this coalition. From the first house construction in 1998, our church has supported this mission by providing funds to build the house and people helping with the construction. Yes, people just like you!

This year marks the 24thhouse for the Shalom Coalition. On-site work began March 24thfor our neighbor Chericka and her son and daughter.  She is a medical technician and works two jobs, one at U.C. Health. Please be in prayer for this family and the work that has already been done and how God might be calling you to partner with this build.

We support this ministry by providing funds to build the house and by having volunteers help build the house.

Saturdays are the primary day where construction takes place on the home.

Sign up to Serve

IHN of Greater Cincinnati is a family homeless shelter located in Walnut Hills.  HPCUMC provides meals and shelter for 3-5 families, 4 weeks every year.  Our guests stay with us at our Hyde Park campus during the week; arriving by bus at 5pm each night.  We serve and eat dinner, visit with the adults, play with the children and provide warm, safe beds for the night.  After a breakfast on the go, the families leave around 6:45am to head back to the IHN Day Center (located in Walnut Hills) where the parents work on their case plan, children are shuttled to school, etc.  For more information, contact Laura Warren ( or 513 240 2155).

We need many hands to care and serve our guests during this week.  Help set up, or prepare a meal; or just come eat dinner with us and play with the kids. We need about 6-8 volunteers each night including at least one to sleep overnight at the Church (in private room).

Our hosting weeks for 2019 are:

  • March 3rd – 10th
  • September 8th – 15th
  • December 29th – January 5th

Immediate Needs:
New or gently used twin-sized blankets and comforters.

Shopping List

The Justice Ministry seeks to inform the congregation and community about topics of justice; exploring underlying causes and sources of injustice and encouraging actions that seek fairness and equity for all.

We have an opportunity to join together in becoming more informed. From a more informed perspective we wish to turn knowledge and conviction into action. Join the Justice Ministry in this quest. Attend an upcoming program and/or let an organizer know of your interest. There is a role for you.

Get Involved

MEAC is a Madisonville neighborhood ministry that provides financial assistance for housing and utilities to individuals in our community. It also is a choice food pantry serving four zip codes.

We support this ministry by providing funds for housing, utilities, food and other needs throughout the year and by having volunteers serve meals (once a month) and assist with the clothing closet, food pantry, etc.

Additionally, there is a donation bin for MEAC located in the closet outside the main offices where items can be placed for pick up. MEAC does a regular pick up at our campus and the donated items are put to good use.

Pray for the people of Madisonville. Pray for the services provided at MEAC to assist individuals with food, clothing and education.

For more information about how you can get involved in helping partner with MEAC, contact Rev. Kate Smith.


At the beginning of a new school year, we see the symbolism of renewal all around us. It’s a time for new beginnings & a new opportunity for a child to become the best version of him or herself. Please consider becoming a tutor/mentor for a 2nd grade student at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy as HPC begins our 7th year in relationship with Rothenberg. For more information, contact Andrea Slone, 513-470-1844, or Karen Bruner, 513-787-3549,


Our partnership with Rothenberg Preparatory Academy is a tutoring/mentoring program between HPCUMC members and the students at Rothenberg. Our partnership began over seven years ago, with a group of adults eager to build into the lives of students to help them to achieve their goals and to give them a stable adult influence. Now, some of those same adults are still working with the student they were paired with, watching him/her grow and continuing to mentor them to reach their goals.

The mentors at Rothenberg commit to going to the school once a week for a scheduled hour and working with the student that they have been paired with on reading and math skills. Additionally, they serve as a supporting role in their student’s life.

HPCUMC in conjunction with HPCUMC Preschool also partner with Rothenberg in providing students with Blessing Boxes at Christmas. As a church and preschool, we have set a goal to provide a Christmas gift for each student in the 5th and 6th grade at Rothenberg.

If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Kate Smith.

State Avenue UMC is a partner church of ours located in Price Hill. We help support State Ave UMC financially as well as with food needs they have during the year.

Each Thanksgiving, over 500 boxes of food are prepared and delivered to families in Cincinnati the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Do you know a needy family who could use a Thanksgiving Basket delivered to them? Call the church office on November 2 after 9:00am.

Looking to participate in the assembling or delivery of Thanksgiving boxes? Packing boxes takes place the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving every year in the church parking lot starting at 10:30am. Show up and lend a hand! Deliveries will begin at noon – maps will be available to your destination. If you are interested in assisting, or for more information, please contact Rev. Kate Smith in the church office.

Wesley Chapel Mission Center
 is a mission center located in Over-the-Rhine (OTR) that works with students after school to enhance their education, give them a safe place to learn, give them new opportunities for learning and growing, and teaching them about Christ.

We partner with them both financially as well as with volunteers. Our volunteers work in their after school program, volunteer at their Saturday morning tutoring opportunities, and support their special events throughout the year.

Additionally, HPCUMC’s Summer Impact program partners with WCMC to run their camp each summer. Summer camp is a daily program for the kids in the OTR neighborhood that gives the kids a safe place to learn, play, and grow for a few hours each day.

If you are interested in getting involved with Wesley Chapel Mission Center, or to find out more information, please contact Rev. Kate Smith.