About

Wood County Area Ministries connects local churches of various denominations, along with affiliated service-oriented organizations to work together to serve those in need.  The ultimate goal of Wood County Area Ministries is to help these churches and organizations develop relationships both with the individuals they serve and with each other.

 Wood County Area Ministries…

*empowers those they serve by actively listening to them, demonstrating equity through love, and referring them to appropriate ministries or service  organizations; and empowers each church through mutual support.

*equips those they serve by providing resources and personal relationships and equips churches and service organizations through network communication, collaboration, and coordination.

*informs people about resources, opportunities for service, needs in the community, and just issues to stimulate dialogue and action.

*inspires for strength in unity and networking.

The network is composed of churches, church-based ministries, and affiliated organizations.  We meet together to serve people in need and build relationships both with each other and with the community we serve.

Network Churches

  • love others through Christ
  • build relationships and create connections with people in need
  • serve the community
  • set an example of love, forgiveness, acceptance, and community through cooperative Christian ministry
  • encouraged to contribute  to Emergency Relief Fund
  • attend regular meetings of the Council
  • invite, train, and retain volunteers to meet needs

Church-Based Ministries

  • serve the community through church-based ministries
  • set own guidelines for service
  • share reports of services provided to WAM for inclusion in Network News

 Church-Based Ministries (by category) include:

 Clothing

Deacon’s Shop                     419-352-5176

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am

The Common Good 419-806-4475

  • 9-9 Monday-Friday

Employment Mentoring

  • Under construction

Food

Discount Grocery Program

Mid-American Foods                           419-354-3989

Food Pantries

Food Pantries are independently administered at several locations in Bowling Green.  Each has its own service rules.  Call for additional information.

Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry 419-353-5174

  • MWF 1-3, TH 6-8, Sat 1-3
  • Service by referral only
  • Eligible every 3 months
  • Last Wed 1-3 pm , Last Thur 6-8 pm

DAILY BREAD PROGRAM @ The Common Good 419-806-4475

  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday

St. Aloysius Church              419-532-4195

  • Monday – Friday 10-12 & 1-3
  • No referral needed
  • Food for anyone who is hungry and meets federal poverty guidelines

St. Thomas More Univ. Parish           419-352-7555

  • Tues-Thurs 9am-noon, 1pm-4:30pm
  • No referral needed
  • Food for anyone who is hungry and meets federal poverty guidelines

Vineyard Church in BG      419-686-8117

  • On call

Government Food Program/Senior Food Box

First United Methodist Church          419-353-0682

  • First Friday of every month
  • Must meet income qualifications

Served Meals

Wednesday Night Live

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Martha’s Kitchen

  • 4:30 p.m. Fridays at First United Methodist.-BG

The Common Good – 113 Crim St.

  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m.: Free Community Dinner.
  • Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.: Thursday Dinner Dialogues. Free soup and bread during discussions of different topics in philosophy.
  • Fridays at 10:30 a.m.: Free Community Breakfast.

Furniture

Furniture Pantry                   419-353-9305

  • St. Mark’s Lutheran in BG
  • Accept donated furniture and delivers donations as needed on a first-come, first-served basis

Personal Care/Toiletries

First United Methodist Church          419-353-0682

  • Available based on donations and given as needed on a first-come, first-served basis

Prescriptions

Rent/Mortgage/Shelter/Housing

Salvation Army                     419-352-5918

  • Oversees two short-term shelter units

Transportation

Salvation Army                     419-352-5918

  • Provides money for gasoline once/year – limited to availability of donations.

Utilities

Salvation Army                    419-352-5918

  • Income based

 Affiliated Organizations

  • serve the community through WAM projects or other endeavors
  • attend regular meetings of the Council

 Affiliated Organizations include:

  • Bowling Green Ministerial Association
  • Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry
  • The Link of Behavioral Connections
  • Salvation Army Social Services Office