Community and Overseas Missions

United Methodist Church, Branford engages local and global communities regularly with projects that enhance the lives of people in need and that proclaim God’s love being made present and active in humble service.
2014 Guatemala Mission
UMC Branford members continue in service to the world as well as our local community, with outreach to an isolated community in the high mountains of Guatemala. more…

2013 El Salvador Mission

Enjoy photos from our most recent overseas mission work providing construction and education support in El Salvador. more...



Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse of which Franklin Graham is President and Founder.  While millions of children are suffering throughout our world we can offer them the wonder of Christmas—many for the first time. A simple gift-filled shoe box and the love of Christ sent through Operation Christmas Child gives hope to millions of these suffering children. 

OperationChristmasChild logo


Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts undertake an epic journey around the world. Click above to see the journey.

This is a church-wide activity at Branford UMC.   Gifts are purchased for children all over the world  and the gifts are packed into shoeboxes . There is a list of gift ideas in the right column.







OCC-Pack shoebox

Gift Ideas:

TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

Do Not Include:  Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans

Ongoing Ministries

Food Collection - 2013


Collection of non-perishable food of your choice
is welcome each week to stock our Food Pantry.