At Haymarket Church, we believe that faith shouldn’t be a spectator sport. Loving God isn’t just something that we believe in our heads or feel in our hearts – it is also something that we put into action each day of our lives. Because we believe that Christians should be serving God and others each day, we strive to create and support service opportunities in our church, in our community, and in our world.
Serve at Church
Each Sunday morning is full of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others at Haymarket Church. Each Sunday morning, we need volunteers for setting up our space, working with sound equipment and technology, putting up signs, teaching children, serving communion, greeting people as they arrive at worship, helping in our nursery, and more.
There are also various opportunities to serve and “help make church happen” beyond Sunday mornings, including helping with special events like Vacation Bible School, Parents’ Night Out, our Block Party, Haymarket Day, and more. If you’re interested in helping with any of these opportunities, fill out this form and someone will be in contact with you to help you get involved and make a difference.
Serve Our Community
We believe that the lives of our neighbors should be better because we are Christians. Our church exists for the sake of the Haymarket community, and Haymarket should be a better place because we are here.
To help us meet this goal of making the community a better place, we sponsor and participate in various special events. On Haymarket Day, we serve as a hospitality station, offering water, changing stations, a nursing station, kids’ activities, and more, so that a great community event can become even better through our presence and participation. Through our Parents’ Night Out events, we enable parents from our community to take a break from the hard work of parenting by leaving their children with us for a few hours. Through our Spring Service Day, we get to go out and partner with local community service organizations who are already doing great work in our community and make a difference in the lives of others while strengthening existing work in our area (working with at risk seniors, foster children, animals, trail repair, and more). These are just a few of the many hands-on service opportunities we sponsor as we work to put God’s love into action in our community.
In addition to hands-on opportunities for service in our community, we also partner with a variety of groups who are already doing great work in our community. We are particularly proud of our partnership with Crossroad Connection, a local non-profit that provides food over the weekend for food-insecure children in the Gainesville-Haymarket area. Through the support of our mission fund, we are able to help Crossroad Connection feed children at Gravely Elementary School (the same school where we worship on Sundays) each weekend. Because God has shared amazing love with us, we believe that we are called to put God’s love into action by sharing it with others.
Serve Our World
God’s love is shared with the whole world, and we believe in putting God’s love into action close to home and around the world. Our mission fund supports a variety of good work around the globe and close to home. In addition, because we are a United Methodist Church, a portion of the offering we receive each week goes to support the global work of the United Methodist Church – funding bishops around the world, education in Africa, training of local aid workers, creating new churches, training new pastors, providing scholarships to at-risk students, and all sorts of other important work in churches and communities.
Hands-on opportunities for service around the world include special events like our Stop Hunger Now Meal packaging event, during which we spend a few hours packaging thousands of meals to be distributed to hungry people around the globe. These meals are typically associated with disaster relief and education programs, thereby helping to maximize their impact.
In addition, we frequently send various teams on longer-term (usually about a week) service projects. These teams include adult teams traveling to other countries to build homes, adult teams traveling in the United States to do disaster relief, teams of teenagers traveling to Appalachia to repair homes and build relationships, and more. These opportunities are chances for us to grow in faith and share God’s love by putting faith into action. If you would like to find out more about any of these service opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serve Interest Form
Please fill out the form below to indicate your interest in serving with Haymarket Church.