Serve with Haymarket Church
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.
We believe in supporting the good work that is already happening in our community. If an organization is already doing life-changing work, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel – instead, we get to support them and help them multiply the good work they are already doing. We have worked hard to build relationships with local organizations that are changing lives, improving our community, and putting love into action.
Our community partners include local nonprofits, local schools, the Regional Food Bank, a local ministry for college students, organizations serving at-risk populations, and more. When we work together, we are able multiply our impact and transform lives.
For more information about our various non-profit partners who are making a difference in our community, check out our community partners page.
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 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, partner with the Town of Haymarket to help support the event and strengthen our community.
Through our partnership with the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation for their annual Christmas caroling event, we spread holiday cheer to a family in need. Working with Haymarket Elementary School, we get to support teachers, students and families – buying gifts for kids at the holidays, providing snacks in the teacher’s lounge, helping families in need, sponsoring a back-to-school lunch at the start of the school year for teachers and staff, and more. On 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, yard work, 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.
One of the primary ways we make a difference in our community is through our community partnerships. For more information about our various non-profit partners who are making a difference in our community, check out our community partners page. 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 at Haymarket Church
Each Sunday morning is full of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others at Haymarket Church. At this time our Sunday morning needs are small, as we are worshipping virtually. You can serve as an online greeter – welcoming folks on Facebook or YouTube or you can serve by reading Scripture via video.
When we return to worshiping in person, we will once again need volunteers for setting up our space, working with sound equipment and technology, putting up signs, teaching children, serving communion, reading Scripture, 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, our Spring Service Day, Haymarket Day, events in support of one of our community partners, 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 the 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, we are partners in supporting 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 and distribute food, 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.
Serving in a Pandemic
A lot of hands-on service opportunities haven’t been available in the midst of this pandemic. But we have still found ways to serve together. We’ve worked to beautify a local school. We’ve provided care kits for parents whose kids are in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital. We’ve made financial donations to local non-profits. We’ve helped provide medical relief in foreign countries that were hit particularly hard by the pandemic. We have organized food drives to support the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, which has seen demand for its service skyrocket in the face of current economic struggles. We have provided targeted relief to people facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. We have done these things and more, because serving others matters – it’s part of how we live and grow in our faith – especially in the midst of times like these.
COVID-19 Response Fund
Right now, there’s a lot of need around us. We know that there are folks who are struggling. In addition to the health impacts of the current pandemic, some folks are facing real financial struggles as a result of social distancing. If someone from Haymarket Church or our surrounding community has a need, we want to be able to help. So, we have launched a COVID-19 Response Fund. Money from this fund will be used to help folks who are facing financial hardships due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d like to donate to our COVID-19 Response Fund, click here and enter your donation in the “COVID-19 Response Fund” line item. If you are in need assistance due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, send an email to email@example.com.