We coordinate all mission opportunities for the congregation, develops the caring and loving service ministries of the church, and constantly explores ways to assist the congregation in giving back to God through their walk and witness.
We have many ways to serve and show Christ’s love through our doors.
Mobile Food Pantry
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” — Jesus
Once a month we have the joy of helping with the Peninsula Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry. It is currently being hosted at St. Olaf's Catholic Church at 104 Norge Lane. Side by side with volunteers across various churches and denominations in our area, we serve around 90 families a month fresh vegetables and fruit, chicken and pork, fish and beef, bread, cereal, and pantry staples. Doors open around 9:15 a.m. We begin shopping at 10:30 a.m. and go until 11:45 a.m.
For Families Shopping at the Mobile Food Bank If you are interested in receiving food at the Mobile Food Bank, please contact Michele Rauchwarg at 757-253-0664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to bring anything with you. When you arrive, we will walk you through the signup and paperwork to fill out, and then a server will shop with you and help you unload it at your car. We recommend you arrive around 10 a.m. Please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m.
For Those Serving at the Mobile Food Bank If you are interested in serving with the Mobile Food Bank contact Denise Koch at email@example.com. We need various shifts, including a 9am shift to unload the truck and welcome people, a 10am shift to check people in and shop with them, and a noon shift to help cleanup and re setup the sanctuary. We have a lot of fun, and there is a role for everyone to join in, of all ages and abilities.
Captain John Smith Inn Ministry
Every other month, we join with From His Hands Ministry to cook and serve hot meals and leave behind groceries for 50 families living at Captain John Smith Inn. Because there are no kitchens in these rooms, for many of these families this is their one hot meal for the week. We gather together the food the week before. Then a team comes to the church Friday morning and cooks it before we then deliver the food Friday afternoon to Captain John Smith Inn. We have a variety of ways you can help and serve this great ministry.
The second Wednesday of each month we visit with seniors living in the Burnt Ordinary Apartments on Richmond Road in Toano. There, we prepare lunch, listen to stories, play Bingo, celebrate holidays, and build relationships with our friends at Burnt Ordinary.
If you are interested in serving with the Burnt Ordinary Ministry, please contact Barbara Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Overnight Shelter
Every year from October through March, communities of faith throughout the greater Williamsburg area join together to host our neighbors who do not have safe housing.Organized by the Community of Faith Mission, every week a different house of worship in our community hosts those who are in need of housing. To learn more about the program, including this year’s schedule go here: https://cofm.info/
We at Stone House Presbyterian Church partner each year with Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. During the week that WPC hosts, we come and greet, cook dinner, check-in, serve, stay overnight, and send our neighbors out with a hot breakfast and bagged lunch.
There are always a number of roles and shifts we need. If you are interested in welcoming and caring for our neighbors in need of housing this winter season, please contact Scott Summerfield at email@example.com.
Backpack and School Supply Drive
Every August before school starts, we join together with Hickory Neck Episcopal Church to provide backpacks and school supplies for children and youth living in the apartments of Burnt Ordinary. For each student we provide a backpack, their full list of school supplies from their school, and gym clothes/uniforms.
Every year, we partner with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program to provide gifts for 50 children in our community. On Sunday mornings in November and early December, you will see an Angel Tree up in our sanctuary, full of tags with children’s info on it. You are invited to take one to shop for clothes and gifts for that child.
If you want to know more about this program, please contact Barbara Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Leading up to Easter, we are reminded that we serve a God of salvation and love, justice and mercy. So on Palm Sunday and Easter morning, we take a special offering that supports local and worldwide ministries of Hunger, Development, and Disaster Relief. The offering is called One Great Hour of Sharing.
In the weeks leading up to it, we hand out fish banks for children (and adults), teach children’s messages about hunger and the need for justice around the world, share the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, proclaim stories of peace and justice, and encourage all to join in with this great ministry of PC(USA).
One local ministry partner we have had the privilege to build a close relationship with these past few years is Proclaiming Grace Outreach (PGO). PGO is a Christian ministry serving the community of New Kent County with a huge weekly Thrift Shop, a twice-a-month food bank, a home repair and ramp ministry, and a car repair ministry.
We currently host the office for Melanie King, Executive Director of Proclaiming Grace Outreach, in our church building, and have a number of members who serve with PGO on a regular basis.
Along with many ways of serving our neighbors throughout our wider community, we also have many ways to serve and show Christ’s love and good news to those who come through our doors each week. If you believe you have gifts for any of these areas, please reach out. We would love to have you join us: