We believe that every follower of Jesus Christ is invited to enjoy God and is sent to bear witness to the risen Christ as we participate with God in making His Kingdom tangible to all. We commit to this way of life as everyday people living in everyday places looking to demonstrate gracious hospitality and mercy in everyday ways. This means that as a Church we are not focused on programming as much as promoting a discipled-way of life. As we actively participate in God's mission and His work all around us, we join Him in bringing renewal and restoration to our community and world--we become “joined in God's pursuit of restoring lives.”
Our focus is to encourage mission through our Missional Communities. However, here are a few ways we organize for mission on broader levels.
Buy-Two, Give One Away Culture: For every toiletry/hygiene item we buy, purchase two and give one to the homes housing our dear friends living with mental illness and intellectual disabilities (who are a part of our church family), led by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. We also give a bin of items to the Housing Services brand of 3e Restoration Inc. Also, for every school supply we buy, we purchase two and give one to students in need as we partner with the Community Action Agency’s Head Start Program.
Envoy Nursing Home: Every 3rd Sunday a month members of WCC lead and participate in a worship gathering for the residents of Envoy Nursing Home. We also seek to serve these precious residents in a variety of other ways such as visitations, delivering cards or other tangible expressions of love, hope and compassion.
Winter Sheltering Program (in partnership with Community of Faith Mission): Each Winter WCC partners with many other congregations in the faith community to make the church building available to men, women and children living through homelessness during the winter months. We serve as hosts for one week during the month of December. This effort is led and coordinated by Community of Faith Mission (C.O.F.M.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Host National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day: Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our neighbors who lost their lives due its effects. We host the candlelight vigil and memorial outside on our front lawn. Together we will join community groups, faith communities, service providers, and individuals in more than 175 cities across the United States who are holding their own gatherings on December 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. Our goal is to do nothing less than honor the lives of the mothers or fathers, sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, who died on our streets, in the woods, on the train tracks or in shelters from illness or conditions directly related to their homelessness. The inaugural memorial for greater Williamsburg will happen December 21, 2017.
Relay For Life: Each year WCC is led by our “Sassy Sisters of a Cure” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Women and men are invited to participate by helping to raise money or coordinate fundraising events.
Recovery Ministries: The journey toward faithfulness is filled with brokenness ushered into our lives by the reign of sin and death. As we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, we begin experiencing the shalom (wholeness) of God as His children and citizens of His kingdom. Our hearts, minds, souls, bodies and relationships to be formed by God’s Spirit working within, among and between us. We are always maturing and growing as God’s Spirit works to recover what has been broken by the reign of sin and death as we submit to the transformative power of our Father’s love through our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be sure to look at our Recovery Ministries page to learn more about Celebrate Recovery© and how we walk with men, women and children living through homelessness in our
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