God’s salvation takes into account the least, the last, and the lost.
Missions and Outreach is the heartbeat of Ivy Creek United Methodist Church. Our goal is to have every member involved in some way in our Mission and Outreach efforts. Following is information about our current ministries.
ANGEL TREE: The Angel Tree ministry provides underprivileged children and seniors with holiday gifts and proof that someone cares. We select recipients from different segments of our community and members are urged to select names and purchase gifts. — Contact: Karen Horridge or Laurie Martin.
CAROLING: A tradition of singing and visiting is carried out on the 2nd Sunday of December following the 11AM worship service. Volunteer singers gather for a light lunch and then leave the church to visit our sick and shut-in members and friends.
CHRISTIAN ARTS ACADEMY: Ivy Creek’s version of vacation Bible School is a one week summer camp held the last full week in July. The focus is on seeing God in the arts. The camp is open to all children in the community, ages 7-14 and is offered free of charge. Each evening begins with group singing and devotions, followed by two or three art classes of the child’s choosing. Classes are led by experienced practitioners of the arts as well as classroom assistants. — Contact: Emily Rosson.
EMERGENCY FOOD BANK: Even in the midst of prosperous Charlottesville and Albemarle County, there are those who struggle daily to feed themselves and their families. The Emergency Food Bank provides timely hunger relief to this segment of our community. Ivy Creek assists the Emergency Food Bank by providing canned goods and monetary donations. — Food donations are collected each Sunday during worship
IMPACT: A grassroots movement with a mission to bring a greater degree of justice and fairness to the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. Currently, IMPACT has 26 member congregations (Ivy Creek is one of the congregations) that join together to work on the root causes of community problems. They represent over 15,000 people across greater Charlottesville. IMPACT addresses and achieves solutions to community problems by listening to the voices in our congregations, strengthening relationships within and between congregations, conducting research, and taking direct action. Through coming together, we build our power to effect systemic change in our community and our ability to successfully live out God’s call to do justice. Members of Ivy Creek UMC attend the fall and spring meeting and bring others with them to participate in bringing justice and fairness. This is the way we show our strength in numbers.
KITS FOR CONFERENCE: The United Methodist Church has a relief organization known as United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). This group supplies Health, Sewing, Baby, School Supply and Disaster Bucks to people around the world who have suffered a disaster. Each year Ivy Creek prepares Health Kits for this effort. — Coordinated by Sarah’s Circle – watch for notice in Weekly News.
PACEM: A grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. More than sixty congregations in the Charlottesville area open their doors – setting up cots, serving warm evening meals, and providing companionship. PACEM is also a Latin word meaning peace. We are delighted to be one of the congregations participating in PACEM. — Team Leader is Lois Sandy.
SCHOOL MINISTRY: Ivy Creek has adopted Burley Middle School to offer support to those children and families in need. At the beginning of each school year and quarterly, we provide backpacks (August only), and school supplies for the children on the free and reduced lunch list. Secondly, we supply an emergency fund for shoes and coats for the most needy children.
STOP HUNGER NOW: Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. One of the ways Stop Hunger Now’s mission is accomplished is through a meal packaging program which provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world. On the Saturday before Easter, members of Ivy Creek join with First United Methodist Church in downtown Charlottesville to participate in this event.
SOUP KITCHEN: Churches in downtown Charlottesville provide a hot lunch meal every day to those in need. Ivy Creek participates in this ministry by providing lunch on the 3rd Monday of each month at First United Methodist Church. — Contact Sandy Huckstep to sign up to help – fredhuckstep
UNITED METHODIST MEN IN SERVICE: The men of Ivy Creek join together from time to time to volunteer for projects that get and keep people warm, safe, and dry by doing free home repairs. They provide the labor, buy and donate materials to complete the project. This gives them the opportunity to put their faith into action by serving their neighbors.
WESLEY FOUNDATION: The Wesley Foundation is the United Methodist student fellowship at the University of Virginia. One of the features is a Thursday meal. Ivy Creek is one of the churches that provides meals for this ministry.
WINTER WARMTH CLOTHING COLLECTION: We collect men’s and women’s winter clothing to distribute at the Soup Kitchen throughout the winter months. — Watch Weekly News for announcement.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Sarah’s circle meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month for devotions, Bible Study and to consider ways they may be in service to the local community. One of their projects is Hope House, which is a transitional housing program. The Sarah’s Circle provides gifts for residents at Christmas and cleaning supplies and other assistance throughout the year.
Other activities under Women’s Ministry include an annual retreat in September and Monday morning Bible Study throughout the year.