Camp Chapel has a number of Ministries that serve our community. If you are interested in learning more about the ministries below or would like to start a new one please contact us.
Baskets of Love
After a long history of helping the homeless at the Eastern Regional Center, Camp Chapel began shifting our focus from things which help residents of shelters while they are staying in a shelter to helping them get out of the shelters and into their own homes. While both initiatives are important, our emphasis is now on the latter. Baskets of Love is one of the ministries of Camp Chapel that helps those moving out of shelters. Through this ministry, Camp Chapel provides cleaning supplies and toiletries to former shelter residents who are moving into their own homes.
These items are needed:
Cleaning supplies, tooth brushes, toothpaste, bar soap, laundry detergent, paper towels, shampoo, hand soap, toilet paper, facial tissues, and large kitchen trash bags.
Feeding the Homeless
Camp Chapel has been serving tens of thousands of meals to the homeless for more than 16 years. Originally we organized as many as four teams to cook the meals ahead of time and take them to Franklin Square Hospital, where the homeless ate and slept in a common room, because there was no kitchen available there. We served more than 400 meals every month.
Today, Camp Chapel serves the Eastern Family Resource Center which houses over 250 residents. The center has a kitchen where we prepare the food onsite, as well as classrooms, a childcare facility, counselors, and transitional housing.
Camp Chapel’s desire is to follow Christ’s directions in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, verse 50: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” and the advice in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs, chapter 14, verse 31: “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
Camp Chapel also creates “grab and go” bags for the homeless that members can give out to any needy person they encounter. The bags contain snacks, fruit, water, and toiletries.
Due to COVID-19 this program has been suspended until further notice.
Food Pantry: Help Eliminate Hunger
Camp Chapel started collaborating with Perry Hall United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry in February 2019. The pantry accepts contributions not only from members of both churches, but also from people in the community, the Maryland Food Bank, and donation bins in local supermarkets. This mission is not part of Perry Hall UMC’s nor Camp Chapel UMC’s budget; it relies solely on those generous gifts and donations. More than 100 families in Baltimore County receive needed food every month. Many of these families live in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area and range from children to seniors. The pantry also partners with the Maryland Food Bank twice a year for large food distributions. These events happen in spring and fall, and typically help feed about 200 families.
You can support this ministry in a couple of ways. One is to contribute non-perishable items. Please contact the church office at 410-256-5561 for drop off instructions. The other is to volunteer your time during the large food distributions.
Food items always in need:
Canned meat (corned beef, SPAM, chicken, tuna)
Canned beef stew
Pork and beans
Other canned beans (black, kidney, refried etc.)
Boxed mashed potatoes
Boxed potato mixes
Canned soup (tomato, chicken noodle etc.)
Ramen dried soup
Macaroni and cheese
When moving from homelessness into a new home, families can often end up living in a nearly empty house. This community outreach ministry provides gently-used, donated furniture to recently relocated homeless families and individuals in the Baltimore and Baltimore County areas. We also purchase new beds, bed frames and bed clothes.
Items we accept for donation include:
Dressers, dining room tables and chairs, sofas, coffee tables, end tables, chairs/recliners, nightstands, lamps, rugs, small appliances in working order (toaster, microwave, vacuum cleaner, fan, etc.), housewares (dishes, cookware, eating and cooking utensils, cups, glasses, etc.), and clean linens and bedding (towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, and comforters).
Our Pillow Project volunteers have supplied heart-shaped pillows since December, 2000, to patients recovering from heart surgeries at Union Memorial Hospital and lung and thoracic surgeries at Franklin Square Hospital. We extended our project to making rectangular-shaped TLC pillows to help patients at Franklin Square Hospital who were healing from abdominal and cesarean section surgeries.
To date, we have touched over 20,000 patients with our pillows! This simple act of kindness has brought joy to people recovering from invasive surgeries while helping to ease their pain and we believe our pillows spread God’s love in a caring, practical way.
Streets of Hope
Every 14th of the month between November and April, Camp Chapel provides dinner for the men who find shelter in the cold months with Streets of Hope, housed at Boulevard Christian Church. At the end of the season in April, we were able to provide tents and sleeping bags for 10 men who would be camping in the woods for the summer.
Volunteers In Mission (VIM)
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel for volunteer service.
Through UMVIM, Christians (lay and clergy) can offer their skills and talents for service in their home country and around the world on short-term assignments at their own expense. Camp Chapel has supported teams who helped restore homes damaged by natural disasters in New York, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Camp Chapel also participates in the Baltimore County Christian Work Camp bcchristianworkcamp.org which supports needy families in the area.