At Aldersgate we believe we are called as believers to share the love of Christ whenever and wherever we are, from our homes and day-to-day jobs, to the ends of the earth. Jesus calls us to transform the world by following his lead: assist the poor, care for the sick and heal through reconciliation.
There are mission opportunities at Aldersgate for everyone to get involved. The following is just a sample, starting with Children and Family:
During VBS, we select a mission project and discuss it all week long and encourage the VBS families to participate in bringing in donations. This past year we collected donations for UMCOR Health Kits.
We also worked on collecting money and supplies to put together Syrian Refugee Kits. We discussed who refugees are, why they needed our help and what these kits did for the families they reached. This was a month long discussion and mission effort.
Aldersgate Also supports overseas missions including:
Katherine T. Parker, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, began serving in 2013 as part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal, focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene. She previously did similar work with the Community Health and Agricultural Development program of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia.
The United Mission to Nepal (UMN), an ecumenical ministry, has a vision of a “fullness of life for all in a transformed Nepali society.” United Methodists have been involved with UMN since it was was founded in 1954. More information on its work is available on the UMN website.
In Cambodia, Katherine was been involved in organizational development of the Social Concerns Committee of the emerging Methodist Church in Cambodia. As a national team of pastors and laity, the committee works to help local congregations articulate and practice a theology of reaching out in Christian love to neighbors to realize God’s promise of abundant life for all. Katherine helped develop food security and “livelihood” cooperative projects—cow, pig, chicken, and duck raising, rice co-ops (‘banks’), vegetable farming, and various small-business projects through savings and credit groups. The work in Cambodia also assists congregations in assuring that their communities have continued access to biologically safe drinking water.
Native to California, Katherine comes from a family with deep roots in United Methodism on the West Coast. Two grandfathers, a great-grandfather, an aunt, and several cousins have served as United Methodist clergy.
Katherine attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Her Master of Science degree, also in biology, is from California State University in Sacramento. Her thesis was on bacterial contamination of drinking water in rural Ghana.
Active in the church since childhood, from a young age Katherine wanted to be involved in mission work. In August 2000, after completing college, Katherine began service as a Mission Intern with Global Ministries’ Young Adult Program.
Her overseas assignment, as part of that program, was with the Asian Rural Institute in Nishinasuno, Japan. After 16 months Katherine returned to the United States to serve with the Practical Farmers of Iowa in Ames. She completed her Mission Intern service in May 2003.
Katherine’s home church is Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, California. She has been involved in the life of the church in many ways: serving with the California-Nevada Annual Conference’s delegation to General Conference, the conference’s Board of Church and Society, the Golden Gate District Council on Ministries, and as a local church volunteer organizing mission trips.