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Starfish Orphan Ministry
Is your Local UMC Church looking for opportunities to minister to children? Starfish Orphan Ministry can use your help ministering to children in need!

Western Kentucky United Methodist Family Services (WKUMFS)

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Western Kentucky United Methodist Family Services (WKUMFS) is a Foster Care Support Agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Upon discovering foster children with needs, WKUMFS equips foster parents with access to resources, expert services and life experiences beyond their means and excluded by Kentucky foster care services. Some examples are special tutoring and counseling, summer camp fees, summer recreational outings, laptops for college bound foster children and Christmas gifts.

WKUMFS partners with Omni Visions for anyone having foster care or adoption questions.

CLICK HERE for printable agency brochure.

Contact Us

PO Box 3204
Paducah, KY 42002
(270) 564-6888 For Foster Care Support Questions
(270) 443-9004 For Foster Care/Adoption Questions
email: wkumfs@memphis-umc.org

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Family Kitchen


Since February 2, 1997, the Family Kitchen has served a meal each weekend (formerly on Sundays, currently on Saturdays) to anyone in need of a meal. Ten (10) United Methodist Churches in the Purchase District, as well as several churches from various denominations and groups participate in the rotating schedule for this ministry by preparing and serving a meal a few times per year at the former St. Luke Aldersgate Methodist Church, now Holy House of Prayer.

Through the efforts of many churches and groups (including youth groups), individuals can get a hot meal every day of the week: on weekdays at the Community Kitchen, on Sundays at Broadway United Methodist Church, and on Saturdays at the Family Kitchen (from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).

More Information

If your church or group is interested in serving a meal at Family Kitchen, would like to join in the rotation of churches who currently serve four to five times per year, or would like more information, please contact a pastor in the McCracken County Cluster of United Methodists Churches at one of the links below.

Arcadia UMC
Broadway UMC
Concord UMC
Lebanon UMC
Lone Oak UMC
Massac UMC
New Liberty UMC
Palestine UMC
Reidland UMC
Trinity UMC

Other participating churches/groups include:

Holy House of Prayer
James Marine
Kendal Martin & family
Knights of Columbus
Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Reidland Baptist Church
Relevant Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Washington Street Baptist Church


The Family Kitchen is located at Holy House of Prayer (former St. Luke Aldersgate Methodist Church), 1001 South 4th Street, Paducah.

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Third Place Ministries

Third Place Ministries is a local outreach program sponsored by the Purchase District. This ministry exists from the support of the Purchase District and its member churches. The goal of Third Place Ministries is to ”enable the nurture, outreach and witness of our cooperative connection in order to strengthen and enrich the life of the communities of Marshall County.” Through a number of programs, Third Place Ministries has supported Marshall County residents through support and outreach since 1971, and still does to this day. Keep reading to learn more about some of the mission work of this ministry or check out their website at thirdplaceministries.com.

New To You Shop

The New To You Shop is a resale shop located in Marshall County at 17 Cope Road, Benton, Kentucky. The shop serves as an outreach ministry in western Kentucky by providing a large variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and shoes for a fraction of the cost of other local resale shops.

All of the items available for resale in the store are items that are donated by a very generous community. Donations are sorted by season, put on hangers and then sized in the store for the convenience of shoppers. The shop’s workers and volunteers strive to offer the best quality clothing and merchandise available. Donations are tax-deductible (donation receipts are available).

People from a variety of churches all around the county volunteer to work on a rotating basis at New to You. Without volunteers, the mission and ministry of New to You Shop’s cooperative ministry would not be possible.

Hours to Receive Donations
Wednesday thru Friday, 8am-3pm
Saturday, 8am until noon
NOTE: Please do not leave donations outside after hours due to potential damage from the weather.

Store Hours
Tuesday thru Friday, 8am-4pm
Saturday, 8am-2pm

For more information call (270) 527-5147.

Crisis Ministry

The objective of the 3rd Place Ministries Crisis Fund is to provide local residents with emergency assistance to help get them back on their feet. We offer assistance to victims of housefires, flooding, and other natural disasters, including Recovery Kits of clothing, toiletries, and linens. They offer assistance with utility bills (gas, electric, water), non-narcotic prescription medication, emergency automobile gas, and similar urgent needs. And through our New to You Shop we are able to provide vouchers for children’s school clothing or appropriate outfits for a job interview.

Despite a great need in the Marshall County area, funds are not unlimited. The Crisis Fund is supported solely by private donations, therefore requiring to be good stewards of what’s given and place fair and consistent limits on the amount of assistance provided. Third Place Ministries works in cooperation with Needline and the Marshall Co. Sheriff to maintain updated records and information on those seeking assistance. To prevent abuse of the system, information is shared with other agencies through Charity Tracker.

Adult Computer Classes

Held at the Marshall County Public Library, Third Place Ministries offers hands-on basic computer literacy classes to the public. For more information about upcoming classes times and schedules, check out the computer classes page on thirdplaceministries.com.

Day1 Follow Up

Day1 is a weekly radio program aired on WCBL 99.1 FM each Sunday morning at 9:30am followed by the Day1 Follow Up program at 10:00am. Day1 is hosted by Rev. Peter Wallace, Host of the Day1 program. Executive Producer Rev. Peter Wallace and features some of the country’s finest preachers. Day1 is the voice of the mainline Protestant churches, presenting outstanding preachers from a variety of denominations. The Day1 website features an extensive library of lectionary-based sermons in text and audio, and other helpful information for lay persons and pastors.

Currently on more than 200 stations, Day1 began broadcasting in 1945 as “The Protestant Hour” and has been on the air every week since then. Day1 is a ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media, a nonprofit mainline media ministry based in Atlanta, GA. The Alliance was created after the merger of The Protestant Hour, Inc. and the Episcopal Media Center, which was founded in 1945 and originally called The Episcopal Radio and TV Foundation.

Third Place Ministries sponsors this hour-long program on WCBL, and produces the last thirty minutes of the one hour time-slot. The Day1 Follow Up program with host commentator Lois Cunningham features a discussion panel of local pastors and laypersons. This local panel discusses the sermon and how the message applies to the listeners. You may listen to recent session by clicking here.

For more information, call (270) 527-5147.

Lakeshore Summer Camp and Retreat Center

Lakeshore is a United Methodist Chuch sponsored summer camp and retreat center, providing Christian hospitality, rest, and reflection for all ages and backgrounds. Complete with a recreation center, pool, Worship center, nature center, lodging, and much more, Lakeshore provides the facility needed for a wide variety of church-sponsored retreats. The Purchase District is directly involved with supporting this ministry tool through financing and fundraising.

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Disaster Relief

The Purchase District UMC, being part of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, takes an active part in humanitarian efforts when loss, damage and evacuations occur due to high winds, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and more. This is done through the Memphis Conference volunteer disaster relief ministry, which stands ready to assist when and where help is needed – inside its borders (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) and outside its borders when and where possible. Volunteering by our district comes in many forms, not limited to time, materials, equipment and monetary funding.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a ministry of the United Methodist Church, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR's work reach people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. It provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR's goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. United Methodists believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

Contact The Crisis Team

To report damage and needs OR to volunteer time, equipment, materials or money, call the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office at 731-664-8480.

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You Can Help!!

To volunteer time, equipment, materials or money, call the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office at 731-664-8480. Even if you cannot volunteer directly on the crisis team, We Still Need Your Help! Relief Supply Kits are always needed. Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects 6 types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for US distribution after storms. Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives

For more information on assembling Relief Supply Kits click this link

United Methodist Men

The General Commission on United Methodist Men (UMMen) involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and provides resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.


To Help Men Grow In Christ, So Others May Know Christ.

Four Areas of Focus

  • Leadership Development
  • Church Renewal
  • Ministry with the Poor
  • General Health

For More Information

Contact District President Kenn Wray at (270) 224-2867.

Landing Page

The Purchase District and its member churches support many mission and outreach programs. These programs encourage and assist both members of the local community as well as people throughout the world. As a district of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church, we strive to live into its purpose of finding, equipping, connecting and sending lay and clergy leaders to join Christ’s transforming, disciple-making work in and for the world.

United Women in Faith

United Women in Faith (UWF) (formerly United Methodist Women, UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church. UWF is organized for mission, and members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and building the lives of women, children and youth. United Women in Faith has been in mission for more than 140 years.

What is the PURPOSE?

The organized unit of United Women in Faith shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

What is the Vision?

United Women in Faith is turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

Living the Vision

  • To provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
  • They are organized for growth, with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
  • To equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.
  • To work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.
  • To provide educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.

District Newsletters

March 2022


please contact District UWF President, Jackie Beauchamp (contact info below), District UWF Secretary, Shirley Mollett, at 270-556-0713 or District Administrative Assistant, Penny Story at 270-527-8282 for the password.

2022 District Directory

Calendar of Events

2022 District Calendar | 2022 Conference Calendar

Forms, Flyers & Reports

Forms, reports and flyers will be updated as they are made available to the district office.

Education and Interpretation Reports:

Candle Burning Report | (PDF) (PDF fillable) - Local Units
Green Unit Report (Environmental Pledge) | (PDF) - Local Units
Mission Study Credit Report | (Word) (PDF fillable) - Local Units
Mission Today Criteria | (PDF) - Local Units
Mission Today Report | (PDF fillable) - Local Units

Secretary’s Report:
Officers List
| (PDF) - Local Units

Treasurer Reports:
Remittance Form | (PDF) (PDF fillable) - Local Units
Agencies Paid Directly Through Conference | (PDF) (PDF fillable) - Local Units
Special Mission Recognition Form | (PDF) (PDF fillable) - Local Units

Other Reports:
Membership Report | (PDF) (PDF fillable)- Local Units
Reading Program | (PDF) (PDF fillable) - Local Units

For More Information

Contact District President Jackie Beauchamp at (270) 206-6064.

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Generative Leadership Academy

In 2012, Bishop William McAlilly was appointed to the Memphis Conference and reminded us that God isn't finished with the United Methodist Church!

There are significant challenges ahead for the UMC. Our membership numbers have been in decline for more than 50 years. We have less people professing Jesus as Lord each year, and as a our population grows older, our local churches grow smaller. Fewer people are carrying the burden for building and ministry costs, and the visions for reaching those in our communities who are not in church is not the priority it once was. That all seems like bad news!

But there is good news! The Memphis Conference is doing the hard work of redefining our purpose and call, and each district is at work developing a mission strategy to help develop leadership that will radically transform local congregations to reclaim our vision and our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Part of that strategy is the development of the Generative Leadership Academy (GLA). The purpose of GLA is to train generative lay and clergy leaders who will partner in reviatlizing our local church to make disciples of Jesus Christ so that communities are transformed.

How It Works

GLA is a year-long commitment with quarterly meetings. Each quarter, participants spend 24 hours at the event site learning about four different elements of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. These are:

  • Meeting God - the foundation for disciples
  • Piety - the practice of being with God
  • Mercy - God's love in action
  • Spiritual Gifts - living into God's call

Beginning with registration at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, we will explore these elements in a variety of ways:

  • Worship
  • Presentations
  • Small Groups
  • Fellowship

GLA graduates will have a better understanding of Wesleyan discipleship. There will be a stronger connection between churches in the Purchase District, and participants will identify their spiritual gifts and explore God's call.

GLA is designed to develop leaders who will work to help the local church become vital and fruitful in reaching the world for Jesus Christ. As each church lives into being a missional outpost for the Gospel, generative leaders will be the key to making this change possible. Change is a challenge to everyone, being confident in sharing our call as followers of Jesus Christ will help the local church make the change possible.

Common Questions

Who should come to the Generative Leadership Academy?
Pastors and laity who want to help lead their local church into the future with a mission and a vision. A desire to grow and serve are the only requirements.

Where will the Academy meet?
In 2017, the Generative Leadership Academy (GLA) is being offered in two locations:

What are the 2017 dates?
Dates for GLA in West Tennessee are January 20-21, May 19-20, August 4-5, and October 20-21

Who are the leaders?
Each of the four Academy weekends includes three teaching sessions with leadership from the General Board of the UMC, the Memphis Conference, and clergy and laity from our local churches.

How will this benefit the local church?
After each session, leaders will have tools to take back to the local church to share. Each leader will have a small group to help discuss ways to implement what they are learning for their congregation.

For More Information

Contact Elyse Bell | 731-660-1376 | ebell@memphis-umc.org