Caring for the Needy

For almost its entire history, one thing that has distinguished St. Paul UMC from other churches is its very robust Outreach Ministry, providing care for the needy.

St. Paul Outreach Ministry boldly and proactively reaches out in accordance with Matthew 25:40 to provide assistance and opportunities to people in need and to build bridges through relationships. The Ministry also works to increase understanding of social issues and to communicate the linkage of these issues with faithful discipleship.

Despite having to work with COVID-19 restrictions, St. Paul still offers a wide variety of outreach opportunities ranging from serving dinner to the homeless to participating with the Community Council on Ministries as advocates for the homeless, working poor, and those in need. Other activities, such as a week-long mission trip, are suspended during the pandemic period

Feeding the Homeless

St. Paul has a tradition of providing aid and hospitality to the homeless and poor. 52 weeks a year,  St. Paul provides a hot meal and relationship on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:00pm for clients of the Prince William County Winter Shelter/Drop-In Center and others who have no place to call home through our Lord’s Table. During the pandemic period, this meal is being served at the Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive. St. Paul actively participates in meal support at the Hilda Barg Homeless Shelter, and along with the Community Council on Ministries, supports the Drop-In Center on a year round basis. 

We are currently serving clients in the east parking lot.  Please bring identification and proof of address, and wear a protective mask.

Food Pantry 

St. Paul offers The Lord’s Pantry, a food pantry which is open on the 1st Saturday each month 8am – 10:30am and on the 3rd Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm in the church building. This program provides pre-selected groceries to families that live in the 22191, 22192 and 22193 zip codes, USDA food is also available based on household income.

Clothing Closet

St. Paul offers the Lord’s Closet, a clothes closet.  This is currently available on the first Saturday of the month, weather permitting, following food pick up at the Pantry.  This is located outside on the west side of the church.  Please wear a protective mask.

Citizenship Classes

Classes are currently not meeting.  We hope to resume classes in the spring of 2021.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Please call the church office or use this website’s “Contact Us” to request financial emergency assistance.

Juvenile Detention Center Visits

Visits are not being made during the pandemic period.

Donations & Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently NOT accepting food or clothing donations as the church building is closed except for Sunday morning worship service.

Clothing Donations

The Lord’s Clothes Closet is collecting WINTER COATES, HEAVY HOODIES & GLOVES of all sizes.

Clothing, shoes, and accessories (belts, socks, scarfs, etc.) in all sizes and ages are accepted.

Drop off in the grocery cart in the hallway between the church sanctuary and office whenever the church is open.

For large donations, please make arrangements to drop off by contacting the church office.

Tax donation receipts are available upon request.

Food Donations

Non-perishable food items may be dropped off in the grocery cart in the hallway between the church sanctuary and office whenever the church is open.

Request a God’s Grocery List for our list of most wanted items.

Monetary Donations

You may now designate online giving to our food and clothes ministries by clicking the banner below. Or write a check and mail it or drop it in the offering plate on Sunday. Be sure to designate the check to any of these missions in the memo line. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Please call the church office at 703-494-2445 or use this website’s “Contact Us” to volunteer.

We are always looking for volunteers to sort and distribute food and clothes and to help with the Thursday night meal preparation and worship. In addition, specific opportunities may be posted here from time to time.