Serve Locally

  • Bargains and Blessings Resale Store

    “Bargains for You… Blessings for Others”

    Lake Deaton UMC has pledged to partner in this ministry, sponsored by New Covenant UMC. Bargains & Blessings is the Helping Hands resale store located in the heart of Wildwood. Offering quality, affordable furniture, major appliances, clothing, household goods, children’s items, and much more. Proceeds benefit the families aided by our Helping Hands Ministry!

    To volunteer, call 352-330-3333. 

    For more information on donating and store hours, visit them on Facebook here: circlefacebook

  • Helping Hands Ministry

    Lake Deaton UMC has pledged to partner in this ministry, sponsored by New Covenant UMC. Helping Hands Outreach Ministry shares God’s love and provides long-term systemic change in the communities near The Villages, Florida. This includes improved housing, household furnishings, and support for families in need, having completed homes for more than 27 families in need.

    Today, Helping Hands has more than 300 volunteers following God’s call to serve families in need. God has truly blessed our ministry and our community.

    To volunteer, contact Ed Lovera here: circleemail

  • Wildwood Food Pantry

    This ministry provides bags of food, diapers, and some paper products to needy residents of North Sumter County. Distribution is the first and third Fridays of each month. Food donations may be placed in the chest located in our Lake Deaton Narthex. As a part of the Wildwood Food Pantry ministry, people donate diapers and baby food that will be distributed to families with infants. 

    Drop off donations in the chest located in the Lake Deaton UMC Narthex.

    For more information and to volunteer, contact Jay Newport: circleemail

  • Christmas Joy... an invitation to alternative Christmas Giving

    Christmas Joy: An Alternative Christmas Gift Opportunity and a special way to honor your family and friends by contributing in their name!

    You can choose from a variety of ministries like: Wildwood Food Pantry, Helping Hands, House of Hope, Fresh Water for CongoREC (Residents Encounter Christ, a ministry at Sumter Jail), ZOE Empowers (supporting our group of orphans in India), Fresh ExpressionsDisaster Recovery, Oasis Prison Ministry and many others…

    Click Here to Give Today!

    For more information, please contact our Outreach Team: circleemail

  • House of Hope

    House of Hope serves men over 18 who are seeking to break free of addiction. Most arrive at campus with a tragic history of substance abuse and other life-controlling issues. At House of Hope, the journey to sobriety includes focusing on their spiritual and physical needs. Lake Deaton offers support through prayers, volunteering, and financial giving.  

    If interested, please contact our Outreach Team: circleemail

  • Wildwood Middle High School Mentor Program

    Our goal is to create a partnership between local churches and students at WMHS by providing an ongoing mentor program for identified students. There are four foundational areas of focus: physical needs, spiritual, academic/career, and behavioral. New mentees begin each September of the new school year. 

    Mentees are rising 8th grade students, who will benefit from extra guidance to support them through high school with a goal of graduation and entry into their choice of military, college, or career. Students will continue in the Mentor program as they promote from grade to grade. Lake Deaton UMC has pledged to partner in this ministry, currently sponsored by New Covenant UMC. 


    To become a mentor, contact Anne Foote Hill: circleemail

  • Christmas Wish Tree

    This year, our Lake Deaton Church family will be supporting the Self-Sufficiency Program at the Wildwood Resource Center. Through a series of classes and individual coaching, women with children who are unemployed and even homeless are given the tools to help them break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient. This is truly a “hand up” and not a “hand out”.  Our own Helping Hands ministry uses this program for all applicants for their reconstructed houses.


    Because of the pandemic and safety concerns, we are unable to participate in the purchasing of gifts for children in the Wildwood area. The Resource Center asked us to consider supporting the Self-Sufficiency Program instead. After seeing the difference it is making in the lives of people like Shasa and Thomasina, we knew this is what God was calling us to do.  Make a contribution and we’ll provide a card you can use to give someone for Christmas! Hang one of the beautiful ornaments on your tree made by Catherine and Denny Dugay, coordinators of Christmas Wish Tree. CLICK on the Christmas Wish Tree Image  to watch a video about this amazing ministry and how you can participate or CLICK here to be taken to our YouTube Channel to watch the video.      

    If interested, please contact our Outreach Team: circleemail

  • Backpacks for Kids

    An annual program where school supplies and backpacks are donated by our church and then gifted to those in need at the Wildwood Kids Central. This organization cares for the emotional, psychological, and financial needs of children in the Wildwood area.

    If interested, please contact our Outreach Team: circleemail

Fresh Expressions

A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture,

established primarily for the benefit of those who are not part of any church.

Lake Deaton is committed to sharing God’s love with everyone in our community and has joined Fresh Expressions. This is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations, to more effectively engage our society where people are not connected to any faith community. We believe God's missionary Spirit is at work in the world and that we are all invited to join in this adventure together. Come and get involved!

For more information, contact our Fresh Expressions Team circleemail 

  • Pancake Connect Breakfast

    On the first Saturday of each month, families in the Wildwood area gather at the Martin Luther King Center for a yummy meal of pancakes and multiple sides. Crafts and music and games engage the participants and bring joy and fellowship as Jesus Stories are also shared.

    For more information, contact our Fresh Expressions Team: circleemail 

  • Messy Church

    Messy Church is family oriented, seeking to reach people of all ages, many of whom have never set foot in a church. Using music, crafts, interaction and story, a faith community is formed. Everyone is welcomed for free food, fun, and fellowship.

    Due to COVID, Messy Church is currently suspended. 

    For more information, contact our Fresh Expressions Team: circleemail 

  • Yoga

    Everyone is invited to participate in this Fresh Expression outreach, which seeks to bring wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.

    Through caring for one another in the sharing of prayer concerns, God builds relationships and community.

    For more information, contact our Fresh Expressions Team: circleemail 

  • Dinner Church

    Through this Fresh Expressions Program, people with no church affiliation are invited. This provides an opportunity to share a meal and a Jesus story with others, including church members. The goal is in ultimately building relations and forming a faith community.

    For more information, contact our Fresh Expressions Team: circleemail 

  • Bibles & Brews

    An outreach to men, this Fresh Expression helps build relationship and community through discussion, Bible study, and fellowship. Members are welcomed, with encouragement to also bring someone who is not currently involved in a faith community. 

    Contact: Jim Divine circleemail