Helping the Community

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. St. Paul’s Lord’s Table provides a hot meal and fellowship every Thursday — 52 weeks a year — at 7 p.m. for those who have no place to call home. During the pandemic period, this meal is being served at various sites in Prince William County. 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. 

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

Clothing Closet

St. Paul offers the Lord’s Closet, a clothes closet.  Free clothes and diapers are distributed on the 1st Saturday (8:00-10:30am) and the 3rd Thursday (3-5:30pm) of each month. This is located outside on the west side of the church.  Please wear a protective mask.

Citizenship Classes

Beginner and Advanced Citizenship classes registration: Friday, September 10, 2021, 6 to 8PM.
Classes start September 13 till November 19, 2021. Classes meet Monday – Wednesday – Friday from 7PM – 9PM.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Please call the church office (703) 494-2445 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 do accept food and clothing donations. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 2:30PM

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.