What We Do
Room in the Inn
Every Wednesday night into Thursday morning during the months of October through March our local church body partners with Room in the Inn Nelson County as a host location for homeless individuals, who we believe are image-bearers of God.
We provide food, shelter, showers, laundry, and fellowship. It is our mission and purpose to share the love of Christ to others as Christ has shown His love for us.
NEED SHELTER? Call: 502-343-7000
Want to volunteer? Call Cara Blackmon at 502-249-1130
Laundry pick-up, set-up beds, dinner, breakfast, sack lunch, and/or innkeeper
Operation Christmas Child
For the past 6 years, Bardstown UMC has participated in Operation Christmas Child, a children’s evangelism project of Samaritan’s Purse. This shoebox ministry has grown from 64 shoebox gifts packed in 2017 to 750 shoebox gifts (physical boxes and BASBO) in 2022! OCC has become a year round ministry effort by emphasizing an “Item of the Month” and our many savvy shoppers buy quality shoebox gifts throughout the year. October becomes “packing party” time when we pack quality shoebox gifts before National Collection Week, the third week of November. We love making an eternal difference in the lives of children around the world with this fun, easy yet effective tool in sharing the gospel.
Since 1993, over 200 million boys and girls in more than 170 countries and territories have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ and Great Joy to these precious children around the world.
Blessing of the Bikes
We host Blessings of the Bikes unusually around middle of May we are in our 7th Annual ride of this event is open to all whether you ride or not we encourage you to come as you are (leathers and all) we start with worship service and blessings of the bikes then we follow it up with a BBQ meal and drinks then we head out on a fellowship ride of 50-75 miles of beautiful Nelson and surrounding counties We Hold this event at our 2nd Campus which is located at 5100 Louisville Rd, Bardstown, Kentucky.
Red Bird Mission was founded in 1921 in the southeastern corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism ministries to residents of the area. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. Support for these ministries come from churches and individuals across the nation. Your donations to Red Bird Mission and Clinic will help us continue these vital ministries in this distressed region of Appalachia.
KY Methodist Children’s Home
For over 150 years, Kentucky Methodist Children’s Homes have served children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. They currently offer residential treatment, independent living, community-based services, and adoption services.
When a month has 5 Sundays, our church uses this extra day for a special offering to support the KY Methodist Children’s Home but you can donate anytime.
Easter Egg Hunt
In April of 2023 we had our Annual Easter Egg Hunt out at our 2nd campus located at 5100 Louisville Rd. Ninty-eight families enjoyed Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Drinks and Bouncy Houses. The Easter Bunny and a Gorilla rode in on motorcycles and kids were able to get their picture with them. We shared the Gospel story, then 195 kids hunted for 7000 eggs. We separated the egg hunting fields into 3 age groups so they received age appropriate candy and toys. After the egg hunt we raffled off 10 Bikes, 10 Bibles and 3 Giant Easter Eggs full of candy! 2023 was our biggest year yet and we hope to continue to offer this fun event to our community in the years to come.
Thanksgiving baskets are a food ministry to local families, identified by Bardstown Schools, to provide a box full of all the fixin’s for a great Thanksgiving meal. Boxes include a Turkey, dressing, cake, fresh fruits and vegetables and a message of hope from our church.
Christmas Blessings of Nelson County
We do Christmas Blessings of Nelson County where we go through the family resource of the elementary schools we work with a few other churches in the county to help as many children as we can we make sure each child gets 1 jackets 1 pair of shoes 2 outfits and 2 presents we have a celebration party where the children and their parents can and hang out we do games a pizza party and have a visit from Santa but we most differently share the reason for the season The birth of Jesus Christ last year we was able to give to 91 children and 68 families.