Several years ago we started a Food Distribution Ministry every Thursday. After getting the program initially established, we look to God to help us grow in this ministry. We pray daily for having enough food to provide and we pray also to have many volunteers to help distribute food. We pray for those in need to meet and get food. God heard our prayers, helped guide us in our expansion of this program and in 2014 the program actually grew.
During the past year, the program almost quadrupled to 12,264 people.
Can you believe it? Our little church in Springfield, Virginia fed more than 12,000 people a year? Indisputably is a blessing from God to help so many people.
In January 2015, we have supplied nearly 3,000 people and we had an average of 20 volunteers to help distribute this food. These volunteers are people from each of our congregations as well as children, adults and families of those who are receiving food. Our volunteers are a great blessing to this Ministry and we have a lot of fun together.
We prepare and distribute food bags to over 75 families.
We collect items for Christmas Stockings and presents for all ages and host a Christmas party.
School Supplies & Baby Item Collections
We collect school supplies & distribute them to the community children. Baby items are also collected for community families.
Throughout the year, clinics are held to give immigrants a place to get information regarding laws and ask questions.
Sowers & Cell Groups
On Tuesday & Thursday evenings, assistance is available for anyone needing to prepare resumes or to learn how to look for jobs on the internet.
Throughout the year, workshops are held to provide legal assistance and resources.
English/Spanish Tutoring Classes
On Monday evenings, from 7-8:30 pm, anyone can learn to speak English or Spanish.
For many years SCC has included in its community mission participating with INOVA Blood Services for blood drives. Recently, SCC has alternated with Saint John’s United Methodist Church in hosting semi-annual INOVA visits to the two churches. In an effort to expand this program for the community, SCC and Saint John’s have reached out to Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, at 5800 Backlick Road, to expand this component of our community mission. We hope the cooperation of the three churches will increase our ability to provide “the gift of life” to all our neighbors.
The annual calendar for the blood drives will be posted as part of our out-reach website and advertised locally.
Christinan Women's Fellowship (Deborah Circle)
On the third Thursday of each month (except July and August) Deborah Circle women meet together in the Parlor for lunch at 11:30. We each bring a lunch with a drink, with the hostess providing dessert. The hostess also prepares and presents a brief devotion. We have a short business meeting as we are usually planning ahead our meetings and altruistic endeavors. Currently we are providing assistance to a church member who is in assisted living. In the past, we have helped children living in poor areas of our country who needed financial assistance. Usually our December meeting is in someone’s home and our June meeting is at a local restaurant.
Coat Drive, Hats, Gloves & Scarves
During October and November, we collect clean coats, hats, gloves and scarves for all ages, so everyone can be warm during the winter months.