Disaster Ministries Trips
We sent a team to work with Brethren Disaster Ministries in October of 2018 Will next year be the year you go with us?
Past trips include...
March, 2021 to Lumberton, North Carolina
October, 2019 to Lumberton, North Carolina
June, 2017 to Columbia, South Carolina
May, 2015 to Spottswood, New Jersey
June, 2013 to Schoharie, New York
November, 2020 to Coastal, North Carolina
October, 2018 to Lumberton, North Carolina
August, 2016 to Detroit, Michigan
June, 2014 to Spottswood, New Jersey
August, 2012 to Pulaski, Virginia
Our story of local service...
Upholding service as central to a life of trying to follow Jesus, we continually seek opportunities to help those in need. In our local community, we support and guide Hilltop Preschool, as well as providing a meeting and meal place for Capital Area Agency on Aging Senior Connections Friendship Café #20. We also collect for the Lakeside Area Ministries Board food pantry, called LAMB’S Basket, serve a first Tuesday meal each month at Liberation Veteran Services, and volunteer on the third Tuesday at the Feed More Community Kitchen. We participate in the Church World Service annual area CROP Hunger Walk, the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, and financially support and refer people in need to Hearth of Henrico. Our congregation has also worked with the local Habitat for Humanity, providing money and occasional volunteer labor.
In the larger world...
In the larger world community, we connect with others through financial support and volunteer efforts to the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board; to On Earth Peace in the promotion of peace; to Bridgewater College and Bethany Theological Seminary in the education of students and leaders; to the Virlina District in supporting the ministries of 92 Church of the Brethren congregations in parts of Virginia and North Carolina, and to Virlina District’s Camp Bethel in the Christian nurture of young and old amid an outdoor setting.
Young people from our church have been and are involved as both campers and counselors at the camp, which is in Fincastle, Virginia. Our congregation also encourages and coordinates participation in Disaster Ministries, a program that provides work and childcare to those who have suffered from natural catastrophes.
For some years, members of West Richmond have traveled on medical mission teams to the impoverished country of Haiti. Out of these teams, a Midwives for Haiti Project came about to provide trained attendants for women and babies during childbirth.