The purpose of Health and Welfare Ministries shall be to assist United Methodists to become involved in Health and Welfare ministries and programs, especially in the areas of child care, aging, health care, and persons with handicapping conditions; and to assist organizations, institutions, and programs related to the West Virginia Annual Conference and other units of The United Methodist Church in their involvement in direct service to persons in need through both residential and non-residential ministries.

Golden Cross Offering

This special offering helps support the health and welfare agencies in the Annual Conference. Golden Cross Sunday is observed in the spring, but can also be recognized on all fifth Sundays, and any Sunday in Advent.

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington United Methodist Family Services provides community-based services including adoption, foster care, and youth services to people Burlington United Methodist Family Services around West Virginia. Agency services are provided from Beckley, Burlington, Charleston, Elkins, Fairmont, Grafton, Keyser, Morgantown, and Oakland, MD. The Burlington Campus has three residential treatment homes for youth, and includes a group home for girls and a school on-site.

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Virginia Higgins Grant

Virginia Higgins grant funds are designed to encourage United Methodist involvement in Health and Welfare Ministries, especially in the areas of child care, aging, health care, and people with handicapping conditions.

Grants are also awarded to organizations, institutions, and programs related to the West Virginia Conference and other units of the general United Methodist Church through residential or non-residential ministries, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, health care and homelessness.

For more information download the grant guidelines. Applications are due annually by April 15.

Download the application here!