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Jesus told us, his modern disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to our community and beyond. Also see our Getting Involved page.

Mission Outreach

Nelson UMC is thrilled to be part of spreading God’s Kingdom in our community and around the world.
In our local community we serve the Nelson County Food Pantry by assisting with food packing and distribution every month and by highlighting a specific monthly food that our congregation brings to church to donate to the pantry.
Another local program that we are privileged to be a part of is the Nelson Kid Care program which provides weekend food any child in need at all four of our county schools. Watch our calendar to see when it will be our church’s turn to pack food bags for hundreds of students!
Once a quarter our church provides a homemade meal and fellowship to men in recovery at Gateway.. This program is the only residential substance abuse recovery program in Central Virginia for formerly homeless men.
Every year our church makes and fills 30 to 50 school kit bags for distribution by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to children who don’t have books or school supplies.
We support our local high school programs by Feeding the Team! We have fed numerous JV and Varsity Nelson County High School sports teams before games as part of our outreach to local teenagers. In addition, every year we have had the pleasure of serving over 80 cast and crew members of the annual High School Musical!
Christmas is always such a special time of year! Our congregation is especially generous with our Angel Tree families by providing gifts and food to local families who might not otherwise have the resources to put gifts under the tree or food on the table. We reach even further and pack box after box of goodies for Operation Christmas Child so children around the globe who are victims of poverty, war, natural disasters, disease and famine will receive a wonderful box of goodies and will learn of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are a mission church at heart. These are just a FEW of our mission outreach projects, programs and opportunities. If you are mission oriented, we have a place for you!

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, Our stewardship is to use these tools as best as possible.
We have a robust program for media technology on Sunday mornings! Our entire service has projected images and songs on a big screen. If technology is your interest, we have a place for you to join our team and assist with our wonderful creative and talented media and technology team! Little to no experience necessary!
We also maintain an active Facebook feed. For additional church communication, we send out informational emails on a regular basis.


God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music ministry. Some are vocalists while others are involved in the choir. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God. If you have a love and passion for music then we invite you to share your gifts and talents!
You can also join the choir. The choir meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at church. Please contact the choir director, Beth Goodwin if you have any questions. 434-277-5526.