Our church is involved with many different missions both local and far away. Missions has always been at the heart of our church as it is a way to help, connect, serve and share God’s love with others.
Serving Gateway
We have taken on the mission of providing a hot, homemade meal once a month for the residents of The Gateway in Lynchburg, VA.
 
The Gateway’s mission is “to provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless men in recovery from drug and alcohol addition, holding them accountable as they learn to make better choices and rebuild their lives.”
 
See our Church calendar for dates we will be serving Gateway. Learn more about Gateway by visiting The Gateway Program.
Nelson Kid Care
Nelson Kid Care provides weekend food for Nelson County public school students in need. In 2015 – 2016 they provided over 4,000 snack bags to over 200 students each week. This is entirely run by volunteers from numerous churches and organizations within our community.
 
Kid Care packages bags of food every Thursday at 5:30 PM at the Blue Dog Warehouse in Lovingston, VA.  Our church rotates with others to package this food and to help sponsor the children (funded through donations and grants.) Click here to donate or check out our Church calendar to stop by and help fill bags!
Red Cross Blood Drives
Several times a year our church hosts a blood drive for the Red Cross. This gift of blood plays a critical role in such a valuable resource being readily available in our community.
 
When we host a blood drive we provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for those giving donations and we provide nourishing snacks to replenish your energy after you have given. Stop by and Give the Gift of Life!
 
To find out when our next blood drive will held, visit our Church calendar or you can do find blood drive dates on the American Red Cross website.
 
Nelson County Food Pantry
The Nelson Country Pantry is dedicated to assisting our county residents who find themselves in need of food assistance. On a monthly basis the Pantry provides supplemental food to more than 275 households which is approximately 6% of the population of Nelson County.
 
How does Nelson UMC help?
Our church assists the pantry with packing and food distribution the last Saturday of every month (this schedule may change due to holidays). Visit the pantry’s website for more information for times to help or if you know of someone who might benefit from this program.
Christmas Angel Tree Program
Every Christmas we work with county social workers and school counselors to help identify individuals, families and children in our community who do not have the resources to engege in gift giving/receiving or to purchase traditional food for a holiday meal. Our Angel Tree ministry makes Christmas come alive for our neighbors in need.
 
Tags featuring the gender, age, clothing/shoe size and wishes of a child or adult are hung on our Angel Tree. Our congregation is invited to “adopt” a tag then purchase, wrap and return the gift requests.
 
These gifts are personally delivered by our church just before Christmas. Along with the gifts, we also provide food items that will provide all of the nourishing  trimmings for their Christmas dinner.
 
To help or recommend someone who might benefit from this program, email us or call 434-263-5652.
Food Pantry Monthly Food Donations
In addition to assisting with packaging and distribution of food at the pantry every month, our entire congregation assists with food donations. Each month we have a featured food item that is rich in protein which we donate to the pantry. Bring your donation to church each Sunday – we will take all collected food to the pantry every month.
 
Monthly Featured Food Items Collected:
January – Canned Tuma
February – Canned Beef Stew
March – Dried, non-sugary cereal
April – Canned Salmon
May – Dried, non-sugary cereal
June – Canned Ham
July – Canned Chicken
August – Canned Fruit
September – Dried, non-sugary cereal
October – Stuffing (for Thanksgiving!)
November – Dried, non-sugary cereal
December – Powdered milk