Homeless Jesus

Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.
– Matthew 8:20

In June 2021, Homeless Jesus was installed on the Church property on Central Avenue. The statue depicts Jesus asleep on a bench, identifiable only by the wounds in his feet. Homeless Jesus is an all-bronze sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz. Many of Schmalz’ “visual translations” of Matthew 25 are installed around the world. Powerfully provocative, the sculpture reminds us not only that Jesus was poor and itinerant, but also that throughout his ministry, he showed special concern for anyone who was vulnerable. Homeless Jesus invites you to sit at the feet of Jesus and to compassionately participate in today’s world.

North Wildwood Methodist Church established the Homeless Jesus Fund to provide greater support to the local agencies in our area who are directly serving those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. “The Homeless Jesus sculpture sends a powerful message to all who see it,” said Frank Stone, Director of Lazarus House Emergency Food Pantry.  “We are tremendously grateful to North Wildwood Methodist Church for bringing this beautiful work of art to the Wildwoods, and in particular to be one of the organizations who benefitting from the Homeless Jesus Fund.”

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We hope you visit us in North Wildwood. Will you participate and sit with Homeless Jesus?

 Homeless Jesus in the Media