Mission opportunities at Providence:
Food Bank: The second Sunday of every month is Food Bank Sunday at Providence. People coming to worship bring non-perishable food items to be stored in our own Food Bank, and then distributed throughout the New Kent Community.
Mission Trips: Opportunities abound for adults and youth to receive new eyes and new hearts by engaging in mission to people in need. In the past, Providence has sent mission teams to the Gulf Coast, to Florida, to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and to Petersburg. In 2013 Mission Trips are being planned to the Bahamas, to Crisfield, MD, and to Appalachia. If you’d like to join in a life-changing experience, just ask for information.
Recycling: All around Providence you’ll find blue recycling containers. Our United Methodist Women and Youth are leading our conversion to becoming a Green Church. Our Boy Scout Troop 562 maintains the newspaper and aluminum recycling bins in the parking lot
Pathways: In 2012 Providence began a mission partnership with Pathways, a United Methodist mission to the inner city of Petersburg, Virginia. We support Pathways financially and by sending mission teams to help rebuild houses in this chronically distressed area. You can learn more about this tremendous ministry at http://www.pathways-va.org
Shalom Farms: Shalom Farms is a fresh food ministry to “food deserts” in inner city Richmond, where the only convenient sources of food for residents are fast food stores. Providence members Jimmy and Regina Talley have donated a portion of their farm for Providence members to grow fresh produce, beginning this year with potatoes. Our church members will be planting, hoeing, praying over, and harvesting fresh vegetables to feed the hungry. You can learn more about this “groundbreaking” ministry at http://www.shalomfarms.org
Communion Fund: At the head of the center aisle on Communion Sundays, we place offering plates to raise money for needy people in the New Kent community. In coordination with New Kent Department of Social Services, every year Providence helps pay electric and fuel oil bills, medical bills, buys gas for cars, puts homeless people up for the night in a motel, and covers small home repairs. In 2012 our Communion Fund disbursed over $ 9,000 to help needy people.
Fall Festival: Every year and on the second Saturday of October virtually the entire Providence congregation gathers to welcome our neighbors to the world’s most amazing combination flea market/Brunswick Stew making/hot dog dealing/musical performance/face painting/pet rescuing/plant selling/children’s games playing/art show. For weeks ahead of time we collect and prepare and plan, and every year hundreds of our neighbors gather to snatch up bargains, chow down, and enjoy the fun. Last year we evenly divided the proceeds between helping pay our building mortgage and Hurricane Sandy relief.