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.

Would you like to join a group that is looking for ways to help Afghan refugees? Email .

Local Mission Opportunities

Local Opportunities

Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT)
Become a voice for healthy living conditions, education, mental health, or gun violence.

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.

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
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 France Carty.  

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.

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, 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. 

Dismantling Racism


The Session at Woods Church formally took a stand on July 24, 2020, to address and overcome racism in all forms, including systemic, institutional, and interpersonal, by adopting a Call to Action for Dismantling Racism. In making this commitment, Session committed on behalf of Woods Church to work with our faith and community partners to leverage our strengths, voices, and actions to co-create a better world for everyone.  In accord with this commitment, on October 21, 2020, Session subsequently approved Woods Church’s becoming a Matthew 25 Church as part of the Presbyterian Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), focusing on continuing our work on dismantling structural racism as well as eradicating systemic poverty.  

In response to this Call to Action, the Ministries at Woods Church are making efforts to address and overcome racial inequities that persist today.   And furthermore, a number of concerned members of our Congregation, from different Ministries, have formed a Racial Justice team at Woods Church to help discern what Woods Church could do to help advance the cause of racial justice and equity.   We have chosen the name, “Christians Allied for Racial Equity”, with the acronym, “CARE”.   Our Mission Statement is:  “To serve Christ by uniting for a more racially equitable and just society through education, prayer, and action.” 

CARE members are currently focused on examining a variety of resources to help us better understand the history and persistence of systemic racism in society today, with the intent of sharing these resources with other members of the congregation.   In the future, we hope to sponsor forums, including small group book studies and discussion groups, to encourage a more complete understanding of systemic racism and to exchange ideas on what actions could be taken to further racial justice and equity. 

If you are interested in learning more about CARE, contributing your ideas, or joining the CARE team, you can contact Lindsey Hemelstrand, Director of Missions.
Article by Doug Irminger, Elder Missions Ministry  

Woods Statement on Dismantling Racism

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