Mission & Outreach

We believe that faith is lived out in action. God calls us to use our time, talents, and  resources to reach out to those around us and help those in need in our local community, our nation, and our world. As a congregation we participate in many projects on a small and large scale that grow out of our love for our neighbors and for God. Whether it be our annual Sunday School mission project, community and family support through our Good Samaritan fund, donations of time and resources to the Del Valle Head Start School, or one of our global mission trips, we seek to do all we can to live into God’s dream for the world.

Rainbow Covenant Projects

The United Methodist Denomination’s Rainbow Covenant plan asks us to support mission projects within our local area and radiate outward to projects in our district, conference, nation, world, and include the partial support of a missionary. This giving is over and above our apportioned giving to the United Methodist Church. 100% of all money donated goes directly to these projects.

Local: the Joseph Buckles Scholarship, currently given to Sarah Casey, who is from our congregation and is attending

            Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

District: Child Serv

Conference: Marcy Newberry Association

Nation: Red Bird Mission in Appalachia, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Mother and Child Immunization Project,

              Heifer Live Gifts, The missionary we help is Sandra Raasch, serving in Honduras. 

               The White Band: Sister Church, Trinity UMC in Joliet
               Yellow Band: International Children’s Fund.

Community Hunger Relief through Food Pantries

Our congregation currently supports two local food pantries.

The Ridgewood United Community Pantry is a joint ministry of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Joliet, the Joliet Cluster of United Methodist Churches, along with community support. Open every week on Wednesdays from 1-3pm, it serves needy people in the 60532 and 60533 zip codes. PUMC takes a team of volunteer on the 4th Wednesday of each month to set up and serve clients. We also collect monetary, food, and supply donations throughout the year. If you would like to donate, please drop off items in the collection bins located in the first floor stairwell at PUMC. Checks can be sent to the church office. Please make them out to “Ridegewood United Community Pantry.”


The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry  was founded in 1990 to provide assistance after the Plainfield area was devastated by a tornado. Today, they continue to provide food and other basic household items (diapers, toilet paper, school supplies, etc.) to local families and individuals who cannot otherwise afford them. To donate to this pantry, you may drop off items in the collection bins located in the first floor stairwell at PUMC.

THE BIG SERVE: Change the World

Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend in May

Join us as we partner with the Village of Plainfield, Hope UMC, Community Christian Church, Islamic Foundation and many other community organizations for a weekend of serving beyond the walls of our church. With over 30 projects to choose, from landscaping to painting to visiting residents in the nursing home, we have something for every age and ability. You will not want to miss this special event as we put our faith into action. To register for a project, please visit thebigserve.info.

Big Serve: Change the World

Typical Schedule (subject to change each year):

  • Projects Saturday and Sunday throughout Plainfield (see website for details)

  • Worship Sunday morning at 8:30 & 11am (No Sunday School)

  • Volunteer Celebration Cookout Sunday afternoon


Justice through Witness, Equality and Love (JWEL)

JWEL (Justice through Witness, Equality and Love) is a social justice-centered group that focuses on putting our faith in action by mobilizing the congregation to reach out to all our neighbors with love and radical hospitality. Projects include participation in the CROP Hunger Walk, involvement with Northern Illinois JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) and RMN (Reconciling Ministries Network), hosting prayer stations, small group studies, and more! We also have a Facebook group in addition to our e-mail list for communication and planning. We’d love for you to join us!

Join us in making a real difference.