Throughout the year, Salisbury Presbyterian Church holds events and collections to focus on mission and outreach in our local community. Dates for these events change from year to year, but the hard work and mission focus remain constant. Here are some of the ways we support local missions:
SPC hosts a wide variety of ongoing and special event drives providing needed items to Chesterfield & Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry (CCHASM), Broken Loaves Food Pantry, Friends of the Homeless, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, CARITAS, HomeAgain, YMCA Bright Beginnings, Angel Tree, and Christmas Mother. Check both the Outreach Closet in the Narthex and the SPC eNews for the next opportunity for donations.
One Great Salisbury Weekend
On a Spring weekend, groups of volunteers from our congregation step out into the community to work and volunteer at various organizations. Jobs vary from assembling furniture for CARITAS, preparing a meal for a shelter, painting or other small jobs for our Mission Partners, preparing baskets of cleaning supplies for new residents at CARITAS or Habitat, shifts at the ReStore, a day on a Habitat build, and Giving Garden preparation. This has become a wonderful opportunity for our entire church family to join together to help our friends in need.
The Turkey Waddle is our annual 5K Run/Walk that begins at SPC and travels through our church neighborhood. Every year, on Thanksgiving Day, we invite our congregation and the community to come out – before eating and football watching festivities begin – to get a little exercise and do something to help our hungry neighbors in the Greater Richmond Area. Registration is available on the homepage of this website starting mid-late October. All the proceeds from the event including your registration fee and donated canned goods, go to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and Central Baptist Church’s Broken Loaves Food Pantry
The Joe Ward UPSem Scholarship Golf Tournament
Members from our congregation and Union Presbyterian Seminary gather together on a Friday afternoon to play 18 holes of golf. There is a fee to play, with all the proceeds going to a scholarship for a deserving UPSem student. This tournament began as a result of the efforts of a beloved past church member, Joe Ward. We look forward to this Springtime event every year!
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing
On a Sunday afternoon each Fall SPC hosts a packing party! Using 100 volunteers of all ages, we fill 10,000 meal packs that are shipped out to help fight hunger around the world. The event date is announced online and in the SPC Weekly News as the time draws near. Sign up is available online close to the event date.
Habitat Work Days
Whether you’re handy with a hammer or enjoy treasure hunting, there’s always something going on with SPC and Habitat for Humanity! SPC works several times a year on either a local build or in the Mall Drive ReStore. Build opportunities can include anything from using power tools to paint brushes and brooms. ReStore opportunities can include unpacking, sorting, arranging and cleaning. Sign up singly or in a group to help a family move into a new home. Check your SPC Weekly eNews for dates and times available.
Mission Work in Haiti
Salisbury Presbyterian Church has an ongoing relationship with Haiti Reforestation Partnership and their work through CODEP in Haiti. We provide monetary support and send mission teams to Haiti near Léogâne, South of Port Au Prince.
Cindy Corell, Haiti Mission Co-Worker – SPC also supports the ways God is working through Cindy Corell, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Haiti. Cindy arrived at her post in Haiti as a facilitator for the Joining Hands Network in May of 2013 and she is hard at work to build relationships with Haitians who are working in sustainable agricultural development in order to strengthen their community and provide a way towards food sovereignty. Cindy, unlike any other PC(USA) mission co-worker, is supported fully by congregations within the Presbytery of the James. This is a new kind of relationship that our Presbytery has entered into and we are excited to see where God will continue to lead the Haitian people. If you are interested in reading about what Cindy is up to, check in on her blog: thelongwayhomeblog.org.
Lunch for Friends of the Homeless
A monthly hot meal is coordinated and prepared by SPC volunteers, and served at Broomfield CME Church on the second Thursday of each month. We also host various drives throughout the year to benefit FOH. Check your SPC Weekly eNews for dates and times available or contact Susan Williams to be placed on her email list for the monthly lunches.
The Giving Garden
Numerous SPC volunteers grow, harvest, and transport fresh vegetables to local food pantries at Central Baptist Church and St. Matthias Episcopal Church. Our season begins in late winter preparing the beds, and ends with the beginning of Fall. If you’d like to help in the garden, please contact Rob Gordon.