REACHING OUR COMMUNITY
Helping Hands is a Christ-centered, youth focused, multi-denominational community service mission for rising 7th graders – 12th graders. Each summer a week long mission camp in Gloucester County, VA is held to help others with home repairs. Youth campers are placed on teams with adult mentors and learn how to do the work necessary to complete their projects. They work hard during the day and play hard at night with lively worship services and fun activities. Please be in prayer for all those involved in this camp and those to whom they minister. Providence will be the host church again this year. Anyone interested in helping can contact Bridgett Burgess or visit the Helping Hands website at hh-missioncamp.org.
The Snack Pack Ministry
Snack Pack is a community outreach to provide snacks to school children in need. Providence packs approximately 110 backpacks with snacks to be given out to school children several times a year.
Operation Friendship is a Providence outreach within the Gloucester Community that provides Christmas boxes of food for those who may need extra help at this time of year. Within the baskets, are the contents of a full Christmas meal including Turkey and all the sides along with perishable foods such as milk, eggs, & butter. Last year, Providence provided 22 Gloucester families with boxes of food.
The Guest Program is an outreach to the homeless of our community. Each winter we open our doors and provide food and shelter for those without a home.
If you would like to find out how you can serve in any one of the ministries please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
While we often think of missions as something that one does in a foreign country, the shocking truth is that America needs the gospel! Did you know that:
- America is the third largest unreached nation in the world?
- 80-85% of churches in America are in decline or have plateaued?
- More churches close their doors each year than open?
- 85-90% of Americans do not attend a place of worship regularly?
- More people than ever before report not having any religious affiliation?
In response to this critical crisis Providence is committed to:
- Praying regularly for God to send revival to our nation.
- Partnering together with the North American Mission Board through the annual Annie Armstrong offering to fund church planting in North America.
- Planting gospel-centered churches in the major cities of America.
- Working with declining churches to bring new life and vitality.
God established His church to be a vehicle of hope, refuge, and truth for those in darkness and distress around the world. It's our responsibility to take what we have been blessed with and use our creativity, energy, and resources to bring the only true Solution to a hurting and searching humanity.
Through our global missions ministry, we partner with missionaries, local churches, and Christian organizations to take the gospel global and engage this generation in God's purposes around the world. Whether it's by going on a short-term missions trip, financial support, or simply praying for our overseas partners, you can make a difference!
Global Missions Strategy:
1. Plant the Church where it does not exist.
The local church is the hope of the world. Strong, healthy local churches are the most effective means of making disciples. Therefore, much of our mission's effort and support will be geared toward the planting and nourishing of churches around the world.
2. Strengthen the Church where it does exist.
By providing resources, encouragement, and sending teams to assist like-minded churches in helping make Jesus famous throughout the earth.
3. Train Leaders.
One of the greatest current needs in world missions is trained indigenous pastors. There are five million untrained pastors in the Third World. Without trained pastors, churches cannot be healthy. Therefore, we will seek to partner with missionaries and ministries that are training pastors including our own pastor who conducts pastors' training conferences around the world.
4. Minister Compassion.
We as a church family minister one time support in such situations as natural disasters, war, calamities or special needs. Ministering in these times allows us to be instruments of His compassion at critical moments in regions of the world that need His touch, and it helps to open the doors to evangelism. The ministries that serve as our conduit in such critical moments include Convoy of Hope, Healthcare Ministries and others.