Missions and Outreach
Our Missions and Outreach Belief
AUMC has provided mission outreach from the start of our 50-year long history. Our Missions Committee meets once a month to continue organizing ways for AUMC to participate in missions within the congregation, in and around Charlottesville, Virginia, the U.S., and the world. United Methodists have believed, from the beginning, that each of us is called to participate in the outreaching ministry of Jesus Christ. John Wesley described this work in simple, practical terms saying, “Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.”
Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling. By volunteering to serve, every person in the Church has the opportunity to serve and to live their calling more faithfully.
Action in Reading
The Action in Reading (AIR) program is dedicated to helping children cultivate a love of reading! We meet each Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 pm in the Community Building of a local apartment community for snacks, reading, puzzles and games. We are unique in that the program is held in the student’s own neighborhood! Come join us on Wednesdays – no commitment necessary. Just come with a smile and an open heart. If you have questions or are interested in finding out more about AIR please contact Ann Galione (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynn Bremer (email@example.com).
Weekend Backpack Program
The Weekend Backpack Program fills close to 200 backpacks with nutritious food for children who otherwise would have no food for the weekend. Each week during the school year, Aldersgate volunteers gather at nearby Greer Elementary School on Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Contact Deb Reynolds at 434.295.8217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centurions in Hope
Centurions in Hope usually meets on the 3rd Thursday evening every other month. Centurions in Hope reaches out to military service members, veterans, and their families. Contact Don MacNicoll at 434.409,8246 or email@example.com.
Gleaning to help stop hunger one apple at a time!Join other volunteers to glean apples at nearby orchards to pass on to our hungry neighbors. Please contact Jim Hassmer, Charlottesville Area Gleaning Coordinator, The Society of St. Andrew, at 434-466-4375 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see www.endhunger.org.
Habitat for Humanity
AUMC is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 130 hard-working low income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership. Their mission: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville works to create simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with low-income families, volunteers and the communities of greater Charlottesville. Visit www.cvillehabitat.org.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. Stephen Leaders oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise our Stephen Ministers, identify people in need of care, and match them with a Stephen Minister. We have one Stephen Leader at AUMC: Billie Campbell.