Disaster Ministry Trips

Several times a year we send crew of volunteer workers and cooks to work with Brethren Disaster Ministries in a community that has been damaged by a natural disaster. These crews stay in a community for a week helping to repair and rebuild homes of people affected by the disaster. People in our church supply food and donations of money to feed the crew for the week.

Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

SOUP KITCHEN Each Saturday over a hundred people from the Westminster area come to lunch in the Fellowship Hall of The Westminster Church of the Brethren. Loaves and Fishes is an outreach ministry of our congregation with the goal to feed and assist those in need in our community. It has been providing meals each Saturday for over thirty years. Normally, the church doors open to the guests at 10:30 AM and a hot lunch is served from noon to 1:00 PM.  During the pandemic, bagged meals have been given to patrons outside the church elevator door from 11:30 till 12:30.

Each Saturday different Westminster congregations take turns providing meals and hosts from our congregation are always present to set up the dining area and assist during the meal and clean up.  Other churches provide a hot meal on these days: 

  • Monday - Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E Main St, Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 876-2124 For directions, please click HERE
  • Tuesday - Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St, Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 848-7020 For directions, please click HERE
  • Wednesday - Ascension Episcopal Church 23 N Court St, Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 848-3251 For directions, please click HERE
  • Thursday - St. Paul's United Church of Christ 17 Bond St, Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 848-5975 For directions, please click HERE
  • Friday - Westminster United Methodist Church 165 E Main St, Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 876-2124 For directions, please click HERE
  • Saturday - Westminster Church of the Brethren 1 Park Place Westminster, MD 21157 For directions, please click HERE

FOOD PANTRY The Food Pantry is an outgrowth of the Loaves and Fishes ministry. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month guests may select six food items from the church's food pantry. The pantry is stocked with donations from the Westminster Church of the Brethren and other agencies. Items in the pantry include several selections of fruits, vegetables and beans along with different kinds of pastas and rice, and canned chicken and tuna. Fresh items are sometimes available. Other items include a small selection of personal care products. Rolland Kiracofe chairs this ministry with Pat Ecker as his assistant.