WUMC is passionate about showing love through mission activities for all ages.
Current Mission Opportunities
Reinhart Guest House Opportunities
Reinhart Guest House is very grateful to WUMC for our continued support of the Guest House mission. Some of their top wish list needs are K-cups (regular and decaf coffee, tea, and hot chocolate), hand soap, bar soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and individual snack and breakfast items and other non-perishable food items. Small denomination gift cards allow staff to address immediate needs that may not be in-kind donations.
You may place any donations in the Mission Bin as you enter the rear double doors. There are also groups of volunteers that help with cleaning and organizing around the house, making cards and care bags for families, and many more opportunities.
Let Mission Co-Chairs, Sheri McGavic and Jennifer Perry know if you have any questions.
Westhampton Readers Club
A special part of WDS is being a mission of Westhampton United Methodist Church. WDS is always looking for opportunities to welcome WUMC members into the classrooms!
One or two readers per month (Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 21) can sign up with Pastor Christy to be the storytime reader(s) for 2 and 3 year old students at WDS. The Readers Club will be held in a 1st Floor classroom and groups will arrive every 15 minutes. Volunteers should arrive at 9:45am, and may select from an assortment of books provided by WDS.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. When disaster strikes, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities.
You may send a check to the Virginia Conference (PO Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058) earmarked Advance #901670 to assist people in Texas and other states.
Specific questions about this Advance project may be directed to Lara S. Martin at email@example.com.
Baby Blankets and Prayer Shawls
St. Mary's Hospital's NICU and MIU departments are always in need of baby blankets (knit, crochet, fleece, sewn). And the church is in desperate need of more prayer shawls.
No special pattern. In fact, you may have a pattern already or we can get one for you. All that is required is your love of crafting a much-needed item for our community. Any youth who make a fleece baby blanket will receive two hours of community service credit.
Betsy Manson has graciously offered to teach knitting to anyone who wishes to participate.
Contact Sheri McGavic for more information.
In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, you may contribute to humanitarian assistance through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). 100% of these funds will assist those in Ukraine as well as those Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.
Donations to help the people of Ukraine can be made to the UMCOR’s International Disaster Response and Recovery through Advance #982450.
United Methodist Global Ministries’ Advance #14053A supports pastors in Ukraine and Moldova.
WUMC's Mission Project Photo Album
For the 2023 Westhampton MLK Day of Service, WUMC and WDSs partnered for a coat drive and collected more than 150 coats! WDS Classes also participated in the local service projects above to offer care and kindness to our community!
In April 2022, WUMC members and youth volunteered at the Weborne Food Pantry serving guests.
We delivered over 400+ pairs of shoes to Soles 4 Souls as part of a MLK Day of Service project in January 2022
WDS and WUMC delivered to the Reinhart House donations of water and non-perishable food items such as bottled water, individual size cereals, individual size chips and cookies, hot tea (herbal), coffee pods (caffeinated and decaffeinated), and hot chocolate in January 2022
At our 2022 Westhampton MLK Day of Service, WDS Classes also participated in the local service projects above to offer care and kindness to our community!
As a 2022 MLK Day of Service project, WUMC members created 12 personal care kits for the homeless this community-wide project hosted by HandsOn Greater Richmond. Kits will be distributed by Homeward (http://www.homewardva.org) at their twice yearly Point In Time (PIT) count where they gather data on those experiencing homelessness on a given night.
41 prayer shawls donated by both Westhampton and Good Shepherd UMCs in Richmond were donated in July 2021 to St. Mary's Hospital to be distributed to patients at in need of God's love and healing.
During Lent 2021, WUMC held 2 food drives to support the Belmont and Welborne Food Pantries
WUMC's Coat Drive in January 2021
Hygiene Care Kits were made and donated to Welborne Food Pantry to hand out to those in need in December and January 2021.
WUMC and WDS held a joint food drive for Welborne Food Pantry was held in October 2020
For Giving Tuesday 2020, WUMC raised over $1500 to support the disaster relief efforts of UMCOR.
Individuals in our congregation made and donated cloth face coverings in April 2020.
Youth from WUMC participated in a week-long mission trip with the Appalachia Service Project in July 2019.
WUMC Youth participated in the Tacky Light Fun Run to raise money for the Appalachia Service Project
The youth group helped serve meals at a local soup kitchen in 2019.
At the WUMC Ladies' Luncheons, they often sign and send cards to the homebound members of congregation.
WUMC Members working at Shalom Farms in 2014