Bethlehem on Broad Street, an interfaith celebration of many churches, takes place in downtown Columbus each year on two days: the Sunday before Christmas from 1-6 p.m. at the Broad Street United Methodist Church where clothing and food will be distributed, and on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, at First Congregational Church where Christmas dinner will be served and gifts distributed.

Bethlehem on Broad Street Food Box Ministry

As we begin to prepare ourselves for the Advent and Christmas season, we think about ways to assist others. The Bethlehem on Broad Street Ministry will provide 1,250 food boxes to families in Franklin County. Church of the Messiah has committed to provide 200 boxes of food. The boxes will be distributed to the families on Saturday, December 15th down at Broad Street UMC and Messiah’s shift is from 12:30 to 1:50PM that day. In order to meet this schedule, we will assemble our boxes beginning at 9 AM on Saturday, December 8th and deliver them to Broad Street UMC that same day.

The list of items that will be included in each box is shown below. Please note that there is to be NO GLASS among the items. Cans or plastic bottles should be purchased. Also, please purchase only items included on the list below! You can participate by providing a “complete” box of items (though we provide the actual boxes, you may bring a “complete” box), a partial box, or even donate cash. Food items should be delivered to the Church Lounge no later than Friday, December 7th. You may donate cash by using the special offering envelopes found in the pew racks. For any questions, or to volunteer to help on either the 8th or 15th, please email Paul Schmidt at or call 614-745-7553.

Items for Food Box:                                  

1 - 6-pack package of ramen noodles (no bowls, please)

3 - cans of vegetables                          

1 - box of instant mashed potatoes

2 - cans or plastic bottles of spaghetti sauce                     

1 - 2-pound box of spaghetti

2 - cans of fruit                                               

1 - box of saltine crackers

1 - plastic jar of peanut butter           

1 - package of cookies

1 - plastic jar of jelly                          

1 - roll of paper towels

1 - box of cereal                                              

1 - 4-pack of toilet paper