Missions

The mission of the Missions Ministry at Woods Church is to share the word of Christ and put His love into action by engaging the congregation to serve and advocate for those who are marginalized and in need. There are numerous ways to get involved and we encourage to participate.

Goals of the Missions Ministry at Woods:

  • To discern where God calls us, sends us, and guides us to share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and action
  • To focus on partnerships and programs that are transformative and ignite the passion of the congregation
  • To educate and mobilize the congregation to serve in God’s mission

We feel called by God to evangelism, compassionate service, and social justice in the following areas:

  1.  Education
  2.  People in Need
  3.  Homelessness and Affordable Housing
  4.  Hunger

We commit to engaging in faithful and effective mission in these areas by adhering to the following KEY VALUES in our mission/advocacy projects, programs, and activities:

  1. Foster a caring and servant culture.
  2. Nurture relationship building, which promotes mutual respect and dignity for all.
  3. Provide engaging, hands on service opportunities.
  4. Strive for transformation of our congregation and those served by our mission partners.
  5. Focus on and align with ministry areas where Woods is called to serve.
  6. Encourage advocacy and address the root causes of poverty and social injustice.
  7. Allow for broad participation of the congregation.
  8. Include opportunities to learn about the needs of others and to reflect on Christ’s call to serve.
  9. Support ongoing relationships and efforts of mission partners.
  10. Provide opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  

Local Mission Opportunities


Local Opportunities

Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT)
Become a voice for healthy living conditions, education, mental health, or gun violence. https://www.actiaf.org

Arundel House of Hope (AHOH)
Provide transportation, meals, and shelter hospitality when we host Winter Relief guests at Woods. AHOH provides emergency, transitional, and permanent affordable housing for the poor and homeless in Anne Arundel County. www.arundelhoh.org

Backpack Buddies
Support a child at Annapolis Middle School who may go hungry on weekends when not in school. Provide funds and volunteer to fill backpacks with nutritious food on Fridays and/or have lunch with your sponsored child.

Back to School Supplies
Help a child be prepared and ready to learn on the first day of school. Sponsor a child in August and provide school supplies and a backpack for needy students at in the area. Opportunities exist to volunteer at schools throughout the year. 

Earth Care
Be a part of our ongoing efforts to be good stewards of Gods earth. 

Gifts for Our Neighbors—Pinewood Village
Bring Christmas joy to an elderly or disabled low-income resident of Pinewood Village in Glen Burnie. Sign up during Advent to provide a gift basket filled with needed items such as shampoo, towels, and soap. 

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Help build decent, affordable homes for families in need. Volunteer dates for Woods will be scheduled and announced throughout the year. Youth must be 16-17 with adult or 18 and older.

Harundale Presbyterian Free Lunch Program
Serve a hot lunch throughout the year to our neighbors who are hungry, homeless, disabled, or elderly with low incomes. Volunteer for 1-2 hours the first Thursday, third Monday, or fourth Saturday of each month at our neighbor church in Glen Burnie. 

Lighthouse Shelter
Volunteer to help support this homelessness prevention support center and shelter in Annapolis as it provides food, housing, and services to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency. There are many ongoing service opportunities. Contact or call 443.569.4211.

SOUPER Bowl of Caring
D
onate food and funds to tackle hunger in our local community. Youth will collect these items on Super Bowl Sunday and tackle hunger issues in our community and around the world.

Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN)
Bring in non-perishable food and toiletries to the food barrel located in Fellowship Hall. Serve as a client assistance interviewer or help stock pantry shelves. Also, during Advent provide a Christmas gift(s) and/or a Christmas dinner basket for children and their families. This Severna Park agency provides food and emergency funds for local families in crisis.

Youth Summer Missions
Experience life-changing summer mission opportunities. For high school and middle school ages, contact Elizabeth Baril, and elementary school ages contact Holly Albrecht.  

Urban Opportunities

The Baltimore Station
Volunteer to serve meals, arrange group activities and trips, perform service projects. This is a therapeutic residential and outpatient treatment program supporting veterans who are overcoming obstacles to regain self-sufficiency.

Benevolent Baskets (BB)
Serve as a mentor, design and teach a craft, and assist in assembling baskets. BB transitions women in Baltimore from homelessness to independent living by operating a gift basket business. www.benevolentbaskets.com

Drink at the Well
Serve as a mentor or teacher with this multi-denominational Christian organization located in Curtis Bay that provides for women in need by connecting them to resources, mentorship, counseling, and training sessions. Contact or call 410.589.6670.

The Center
Participate in an urban immersion experience in Baltimore. The Center brings together visiting youth and adult church groups from across the US and local congregations for education, service, partnership, and advocacy work on compassion and justice issues through an urban immersion experience in Baltimore. Contact,www.thecenterbaltimore.org. or call 443.670.6995.

 

Mission Trips

Missions trips are a great opportunity to share in Christ’s love for all. Stay tuned for information on upcoming trips. 

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