Personal Care Packages

Personal Care Packages

Over the winter we collected blankets and pillows for the refugees being homed at Logan Airport before being moved into shelters. During the month of April, our children and youth will be making care bags for as many of these people as possible! They are transported daily by Massport to local churches and shelters to shower, but they need to bring with them toiletries which are not readily available. We are looking for donations of:
TRAVEL-SIZE:
– Soap
– Shampoo
– Toothpaste & toothbrushes
– Lotion
– Deodorant
ALSO APPRECIATED:
– Fidget toys for the kids
– Diapers
– Tampons and pads
– Baby food

Bring your contributions to church after Easter, and leave them in the bin outside the parlor, labeled Toiletries for Refugees. If you have any questions, contact us via the contact page on our website.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Dress for Success‘ mission is to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.” This April we will collect gently used, nearly-new professional attire for their clients. Look for clothing racks outside of Gifford Hall, where you can hang your donations. (There will also be bins for shoes, handbags, etc.)  If you have any questions about the collection or what Dress for Success does, contact us in the church office or via our contact page.

Last Hope K-9 Returns

Last Hope K-9 Returns

Last Hope K-9 is a non-profit all-breed dog rescue based in Massachusetts. They save abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters in Central Arkansas and beyond. The dogs are fostered by families here in Massachusetts until they can be adopted through individual inquiries or events like the ones Crawford has hosted over the years. Learn more about the adoption process at lasthopek9.org. If you’re interested in adopting, get your application in right away, and meet the dogs awaiting their furever homes at Crawford on Saturday, April 6, between noon and 2:00pm.
Holy Week at Crawford

Holy Week at Crawford

Sunday, March 24: Join us as we kick off Holy Week with our 4th annual Palm Sunday Parade, led by the Occasional Brass and Strings. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the church, where everyone will be invited to pick up some palms and join us on a joyful stroll through the neighborhood. The parade will end back at the church in time for our worship service at 10:00 a.m. where we will celebrate Palm Sunday and welcome new members to our congregation.

Thursday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m.: We will gather for a more somber service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae. During this service, we remember Christ’s betrayal, trial, and crucifixion through a series of scripture readings and hymns, while slowly extinguishing the light in our sanctuary. All are welcome.

Then on Sunday, March 31: We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the miracle of Easter!

  • 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Sandy’s Island, in Winchester’s Mill Pond. The closest parking is behind the Winchester Public Library at 80 Washington Street.
  • 8:00 a.m. (approx.) Join us for our traditional light breakfast between services at Crawford
  • 10:00 a.m. Service at Crawford with music provided by our Chancel Choir and the Occasional Brass Quintet
  • 11:15 a.m. (approx.) Our annual egg hunt on the church lawn for kids of all ages
Flower Power

Flower Power

For the entire month of March, 2024, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church has been selected by store leadership to benefit from the Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, created to fight hunger across the communities served by Stop & Shop. During the month of March, the purchase of a $10.99 bouquet in the sleeve marked “Bloomin’ 4 Good” from the Winchester Stop & Shop will brighten a home or make someone’s day while also directing a $1 donation to Crawford’s mission to eradicate food insecurity. Crawford battles hunger by stocking a large micro pantry on our property at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, and by supporting like-minded organizations including Dwelling Place in Woburn, The Council for Social Concern, Winchester Got Lunch, and more.

WCSC’s Backpack Program

WCSC’s Backpack Program

In addition to the usual needs for their food pantry, the Woburn Council for Social Concern needs help for their backpack program. Each Friday, they send backpacks filled with food home with 55 food insecure students in the Woburn Public Schools. They would appreciate donations of:

    • Chef Boyardee microwavable meals
    • juice boxes
    • fruit cups
    • hot chocolate
    • small milks or powdered milk
    • individual snacks and cereals
    • tuna fish
    • macaroni and cheese

When you bring your donations to Crawford, please leave them in the large plastic storage tote on our front steps, or indoors in the big yellow box just outside of the sanctuary.