A few weeks ago Deep Creek UMC was honored to host a Helping Hands Mission Event for children. The two-day camp was such a blessing. 49 children and 20 adults from across the district and conference had a wonderful time serving God through serving others.
The campers were welcomed with worship and a commissioning service and then put straight to work helping others. The campers made and delivered over 180 appreciation bags to Chesapeake Fire, Rescue and Police. Not only did they receive the gift bags but each officer, fire fighter and rescue personnel was prayed over and for by the campers.
The first day concluded with dinner, worship and Communion on the beach. After returning to church the mission team worked hard finishing up the gift bags and enjoyed a movie together.
The next morning began by delivering more appreciation bags to our public servants and then all the campers moved on to sort toys for the upcoming Christmas project at Union Mission in Norfolk. The campers spent two hours and sorted a warehouse full of toys to help needy children experience Christmas this year. We contributed a total of 120 volunteer hours at Union Mission.
After we completed our service at Union Mission we returned to the church to package 600 pounds of rice, 300 hundred pounds of beans, and 500 pounds of potatoes for the food pantry that Deep Creek UMC operates. So many families will be blessed by the work of these hands.
We are so thankful to all the churches who sent missionaries to our community this year. We look forward to serving as a mission outpost again next summer for the Helping Hands Event. If you would like more info on how to get your children involved next year, contact Robin Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A portion of land surrounding Beech Grove United Methodist Church, in the Driver community of Suffolk, is doing a new thing. The congregation has started a new outreach project - a Community Garden - to provide for those in need and to engage the community.
The goal of the project is to transform this portion of land into a successful Community Garden Project, with the purpose of feeding people, building fellowship among church members and the community, and caring for God's creation.
Church and community members are encouraged to help plant, pick and sort the vegetables, which are then available free to anyone who wants local, healthy, and fresh food at no cost. Sharing God's bounty from the Community Garden has become a new way for Beech Grove UMC to share God's love with church and community members.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, commuters on the Norfolk Light Rail were greeted with an unexpected gift as they departed at the Newtown Station. Members from Aldersgate UMC in Norfolk handed out chocolate candy bars to passengers, along with a smile and a greeting. Church members plan to greet their communities in other ways throughout the year.
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