Our mission is to welcome all people to experience God through Jesus Christ;

to empower them as disciples with a faith that works in real life

and send them into the world to serve in Jesus’ name.


To carry out this mission, the church has many groups and organizations that meet regularly including the United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Bible Study groups, choir, and Sunday School.  We also have a number of ministries that the church sponsors in order to help those in our neighboring communities and those around the world.  The following are a few of those:



Mission Shares   

     Through our mission shares, Highland Avenue United Methodist Church is actively involved in mission support, both locally and world-wide.



     Each year, Highland Avenue United Methodist Church helps send church youth to Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop. Camp Mechuwana is operated by the New England Annual Conference, and conducts a variety of camp programs throughout the summer. The church provides limited scholarships for our youth expressing an interest in attending camp.


Giving Tree Ministry

     Each December, the members of Highland Avenue United Methodist Church provide clothing, food, and gifts for needy area families. The names of the recipients are kept confidential, and donations are voluntary.


Community Food Center

     Highland Avenue United Methodist Church supports the Gardiner Area Community Food Center  (Chrysalis Place).  A joint project of area churches, the food center provides basic dietary staples for low-income families and individuals, and victims of sudden personal loss.


Community Suppers

      Highland Avenue is part of a group of churches that provide free public suppers each Sunday night at First Baptist Church in Gardiner at 5pm.  Our church is responsible for the first Sunday of the month.  Each month a differnt group from our church plans, prepares and serves the supper.  Please join us!


Community Meeting Space

     As part of its community outreach program, Highland Avenue United Methodist Church provides meeting space for a number of civic and self-help organizations.  For a list of current meetings, contact the pastor.


 Good Neighbor Activities

 To help our neighbors in our immediate area, we have begun a series of Good Neighbor activities including a give-away of children’s clothes and toys, an Easter Party for neighboring children, and a Garden Give-away. 


Pastoral Visitation

     It is the intent of the church to provide a meaningful spiritual experience and outreach program to its friends and members regardless of their ability to attend church on a regular basis.   Individuals who would like a pastoral visit are encouraged to call the church.