Ways to Serve amidst a Pandemic

CPC’s Mission Ministry wants to help connect your passions and abilities with the needs in our world. The ongoing Covid-related restrictions are limiting many in-person ministries, but not all of them. In addition, we have new virtual opportunities to serve.

Our mission priorities focus on four specific areas: Families & Children, Poverty & Hunger; Church Planting & Evangelism; and Disaster Relief. Visit the “Serve” tab in our CPC website for descriptions of all our ministry partners. With the ever-changing pandemic regulations, check back frequently. New needs emerge each day.

Here are some ideas to consider as you pray and ponder about ways to serve. We’ve assembled the lists in several categories to assist your search. We partner with missionaries, mission organizations, and community agencies to live out our calling to be Christ’s witnesses. Our love for God becomes visible and vocal as we walk alongside neighbors near and far.

Do you have an hour to give?
Pray and/or write an encouraging note to one of our missionaries
Shop for grab-and-go food items for the Lamb Center. We take lunch monthly on the 3rd Tuesday. The updated sign-up list is in CPC’s monthly eLetter.
Shop for headphones for local teens in need. Put donations in the outdoor bin by CPC’s front doors or buy online and ship to CPC (15450 Lee Highway, Centreville VA 20120)
Prepare laundry detergent bottles for WFCM. Refill empty water bottles with detergent for WFCM’s laundromat outreach.
Shop for items for the Food Drive (Spring)
Shop/deliver paper products for Lamb Center (Fall)
Buy a gift for Our Neighbor’s Child (December)

Do you have several hours available?
Volunteer as a food pantry bagger at WFCM
Assemble Christmas Gift bags for local homeless & vulnerable neighbors (Nov/Dec)
Host a collection of travel-size shampoo/conditioner etc for the homeless in our community
Make “Gifts of the Heart” kits for victims of Hurricane Florence flooding (any time!)
Serve at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or on a rehab project
Help re-plant, weed, and tend our vegetable garden for a Fall harvest
Shelve and organize canned food donations for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (November)

Are you able to give hours weekly?
Tutor 2nd-Graders at London Towne Elementary School (2021-22 school year)
Lead an English Conversation Circle for LTES Parents (Summer 2021?))
Serve in food pantry at Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Become a client advocate with Care Net pregnancy center (Manassas)

Do you have a week-ish to give?
Serve on the intergenerational mission team to West Virginia (April 2022) Registration opens November
Serve on the Guatemala mission team to work with the Erickson family (June 26-July 2, 2022)
Serve on the Zambia mission team to work with Every Orphan’s Hope (Summer 2022)

Do you have finances to share?
Sponsor a child through Every Orphan’s Hope and establish a life-changing relationship
Support a missionary family (Ericksons in Guatemala, Chhetris in Nepal)
Donate funds to college scholarships for Mountain View Alternative High School graduates

Able to do a Project?
Make a plarn mat (we donate the mats to the Lamb Center)
Make pillowcase dresses (we take these to our international mission partners)
Coordinate Baby Bottle fundraiser for Care Net pregnancy center (any time!)
Coordinate CPC’s Freedom Sunday in support of International Justice Mission (January 2021)

This is a sampling of the needs of our ministry partners. Our Director of Missions Sharon Hoover is eager to help you connect! Contact her (sharon@cpceco.org) to match your gifts and talents with the local, national, and global needs.