WUMC is passionate about showing love through mission activities for all ages.
This month we'll be collecting food!
During the month of February, Westhampton Day School and WUMC will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Welborne Food Pantry located at 920 Maybeury Drive, Richmond, VA 23229.
Please place your donations in the collection bins in the breezeway.
Current Mission Opportunities
Carolina Rebuilding Ministry Mission Trip
Join Westover Hills UMC and friends on a trip to Windsor, NC to work with Carolina Rebuilding Ministry providing repairs and light construction (ramps, light electrical or plumbing, painting, wall board work) to low-income homeowners.
Accommodations are provided in the CRM center which includes a commercial kitchen, bunk sleeping, showers and meeting space. All skill levels are welcome, including team members that could shop for food and prepare meals for the team. Church and community members from around the conference are welcome to join us.
The team will be leaving on the afternoon of Sunday, February 4 and returning Friday, February 9, 2024. CRM asks that we donate $150 per team member for materials, as well as take care of our own needs (food, primarily). A pro-wrestling fundraiser will be held at Westover Hills UMC, 1705 Westover Hills Blvd, Richmond, on January 27, 2024 to defray the cost of the trip. Training provided for anyone who wants to be in the ring!
For more information, check the CRM website https://www.crmhome.org/ To sign up or to ask questions, email Rev. Donna Holder, email@example.com. We will have a couple of organizational meetings by zoom, so sign up now if you are interested!
Welborne Community Food Pantry
920 Maybeury Dr, Richmond, VA 23229
Donation Drop Off: 9:30-11am Sunday, Monday & Wednesday. Look for the drop-off bin in the outdoor breezeway by the parking lot.
HIGH DEMAND NEEDS include canned beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice, mashed potatoes, cereal, granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, shelf stable milk, canned tuna, paper bags with handles
Welborne Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed on Mondays mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am for stocking and bagging and on Monday evenings from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm for distribution.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WDS Chapel Greeters
We are looking for 3-5 volunteers to greet WDS families who are coming to WDS Chapel (in the Sanctuary) to see their children receive awards. You may also hand out flyers about upcoming events. Greeters are needed on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 8:30-8:45am until 9:30. Contact the church office to sign up.
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.
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.
WUMC's Mission Project Photo Album
For the 2024 Westhampton MLK Day of Service, WUMC and WDS partnered for a jeans drive to benefit The Caring Closet at UMFS. WDS Classes also participated in local service projects to offer care and kindness to our community!
WUMC members participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Center Volunteer Day in December 2023.
WDS and WUMC partnered to host our first-ever Salvation Army Angel Tree in November 2023. We supported the adoption of 50 angels, representing 50 children and families in our community who will benefit from the Christmas gifts we provided this holiday season!
WUMC celebrated abundance on November 19, 2023 with financial commitments and a canned food drive for Welborne Food Pantry.
Adults and children raked leaves for 5 families in our neighborhood in November 2023.
In October 2023, WUMC members provided dinner for guests of the Reinhart House.
In September 2023, WUMC and WDS collected a packed car-load of diapers and wipes for Little Hands Virginia.
In August 2023, the Theology Thursday group assembled care kits for WDS teachers to celebrate the start of fall classes.
WUMC's lay delegates to the Virginia Annual Conference (June 2023 in Roanoke VA) helped assemble hygiene kits for UMCOR.
WUMC members joined with other churches of the Three Notch'd District to assemble and load cleaning buckets to take to the Virginia Annual Conference (June 2023 in Roanoke, VA).
In May 2024, WUMC collected food, towels and blankets for animals at the Richmond Area Care and Control (RACC).
For the 2023 Westhampton MLK Day of Service, WUMC and WDS partnered for a coat drive and collected more than 150 coats! WDS Classes also participated in local service projects 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