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:
Community Agencies Supported:
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
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
Provision, as needed, of supplies,
socks, toiletry items, and/or sandwiches to the homeless at St. Columba
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.
Our mission is further carried
out through financial support of these agencies:
Beach Health Clinic
Red Cross Disaster Shelter:
The Dwelling Place
Faith Works Coalition
Good News Jail and Prison
Seton Youth Shelters
St. Columba Ministry
Volunteers of America (Lighthouse
Zuni Training Center
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!