Mercy Ministries

Food Pantry 

Our Food Pantry serves around 200 families on the first Friday of each month.We are in need of your support. We have been abundantly blessed by numerous private donations since the beginning of the ministry 11 years ago. We are always seeking volunteers to help with various tasks throughout the month. If you are available to volunteer, or have any questions, please contact John Tomlins. Even if you can’t regularly volunteer, drop by the 1st Friday of each month from 8 to 10am and experience the wonderful blessing of this BE Church outreach to the Peoria community in the name of Jesus!


Bradley Epworth’s Food Pantry was organized & continues to exist today as part of our constant effort to do the things that Jesus did. We offer food assistance to those in need on the first Friday of each month and recently distributed food to over 200 families. As the need grows so does God’s provision. Even though we sometimes are overwhelmed by the crowd, we are always able to put together a basket of food for anyone who comes. Our funds are derived solely from the generosity of Church members and others in the community and we’ve been able to stretch our budget by shopping at the Peoria Area Food Bank, distributing government commodities which come to us at no charge, and by contributions from the Midwest Food Band, which is also free of charge. Although we can always use help, we have an awesome group of faithful volunteers, who work tirelessly each month.


In addition to the food distribution, we have an outreach event for the children of those who come through the Food Pantry:

The Food Pantry Christmas Party is where we teach the story of the birth of Jesus, while entertaining the kids with songs, gifts, and even Santa Claus. Last year we packed the Church and had gifts, which were provided through the generosity of our Church body, for over 200 children. We constantly thank God for the blessings we receive and those we witness in the people who return to us with prayers answered and their faith strengthened by the touch of Jesus they receive through the Food Pantry. Praise God!  If are interested in donating monthly as a sponsorship, a donation of $15.00 per month would  bless at least 3 families with a bag of food. 
Ministry Leader, John Tomlins (309) 264.5938
We visit those in their home who are  unable to come to church, those recovering in the hospital, and those in nursing homes offering the salvation of Jesus and a friendly visit from the BE Church body.

Ministry Leaders Frank & Linda Valente (309) 573.5062

Love Packages

We have a box across from the church office for donations to an organization called Love Packages. This organization redistributes used Christian material to organizations all over the world. Materials you can put in their box are Christian: Bibles (new or used), tracts, reference books and commentaries, books & paperbacks, Magazines, Sunday School supplies, daily devotions, tapes, cassettes, VCRs, CDS, DVDs, music movies, Bible games, Nativity sets, Biblical puzzles and anything that is Christian that helps present the gospel to children and adults. This is a great chance to share our used Christian materials with those in need around the world.