Bayside's Ministries
 

 
Community Service Ministry

Purpose:

Our mission is to assist those both inside and outside our church who are unable to provide the essentials of housing, food and clothing for themselves.  As we do so, we endeavor through example and personal interactions to provide optimism for those who are also “poor in spirit.”

Activities and Programs:

Our mission is carried out through many different ongoing and annual programs, including:

  • A volunteer-operated, 5-day-a-week food pantry on church premises.
  • Participation in “Meals on Wheels” program which delivers hot meals to shut-ins.
  • Participate in Habitat for Humanity local projects.
  • Participation in Faith Works Coalition (FWC).  FWC IS a Virginia Beach ministry that recruits volunteers and solicits funds to provide home repairs for low income and  elderly folks to insure their homes are safe and comfortable.
  • Quarterly preparation of serving of hot, nutritious meals for the hungry at Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. 
  • Hosting of Red Cross Blood Drive on-site 4 times a year.
  • Participation in Winter Shelter, hosting 50-65 homeless for a one week period in December, providing hot dinners, a warm and safe place to sleep, hot breakfasts, bag lunches, warm clothing and toiletry articles, foot care, prayer and fellowship.
  • Christmas gifts for those less fortunate, supplied by individual donors who fulfill approximately 250 specific “Angel Tag” wishes.
  • Delivery of approximately 60 Christmas poinsettias, with a personal visit and caroling, to Bayside Health Care residents. 
  • Provision, as needed, of supplies, socks, toiletry items, and/or sandwiches to the homeless at St. Columba Ministry. 
  • Collection, organization, and delivery of Easter baskets to less fortunate children at St. Columba. 
  • Coat collection for adults and children in need. (Oct.-Jan.)
  • Collection and delivery of school supplies for children in need in our local schools. (August) 
  • Thanksgiving baskets for approximately 100 families, each containing a full turkey dinner and canned food donations collected by our church-chartered Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop.
  • Collection of infant layette items on Christmas Eve for the Keim Crisis Pregnancy Center.
  • Collection, preparation and distribution of weekly Panera Bread donations to those in need. 
  • Participation in twice-monthly Bible studies at the Sentara Community Care Center for older adults.
Community Agencies Supported: 

Our mission is further carried out through financial support of these agencies:

    Beach Health Clinic
    The Dwelling Place
    Faith Works Coalition
    Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
    Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
    Samaritan House
    Seton Youth Shelters
    St. Columba Ministry
    Volunteers of America (Lighthouse Ministry)
    Zuni Training Center
Red Cross Disaster Shelter:

Bayside Presbyterian is a designated Red Cross Disaster Shelter. In the event of natural or man-made emergencies, the Red Cross would activate Bayside Presbyterian as a disaster center to coordinate services. Key personnel from our congregation would augment Red Cross staff in providing meals, information services, health services, and other emergency support for families and individuals. The Community Service Ministry has established a Disaster Shelter Plan and will take the lead in the event Red Cross calls on Bayside.

How Can I Get Involved? 

Contact any member of our ministry to become involved in our programs or even to just volunteer for an individual program that is meaningful to you.  We welcome working hands, warm hearts, and any new ideas that you may have!
 


Ministry Moderator: Connie Schreiber

Meeting Time:
Community Service meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 at the church in room 512.  This is a common meeting time for all ministries and begins with a time of prayer and conversation together in the Fellowship Hall after which we go into our individual ministry meetings. 


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