Our core values of hospitality and generosity, as well as our discipleship following Christ’s servant model, inspire us to engage in various community outreach projects.
Feeding Hungry Folks from Petersburg
We provide a lunch meal on Thursdays twice a quarter at the Hope Center in downtown Petersburg. Donations of food and people willing to serve lunch are always welcome!
We regularly support a Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors by donating toiletry items and baby supplies (no clothes, please). Items generally needed are:
- Baby items (including diapers and pull-ups)
- Car seats
- Hair care products (including curling irons and blow dryers)
- Clothes irons and ironing boards
- Alarm clocks
- Towels, wash clothes
- Twin sheets (pillow cases, etc)
- Laundry supplies (detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners)
- Disinfectant and hand soaps
- Window cleaners and air fresheners
- Trash bags (8, 13, and 39 gallons)
- Freezer and refrigerator storage bags
- Paper supplies (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues, paper plates, cups, bowls, and cutlery)
- First-aid and over-the-counter medicines
- Feminine hygiene items
- Phone cards and Food Lion and Wal-mart shopping cards.
Please drop off items at the church during normal office hours, or in the designated boxes under the coat racks outside the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
On the last Sunday of each month, we collect a “5-cents-a-meal” Hunger offering. Individuals are encouraged to set aside 5 cents for each meal they eat, then bring that money for the Hunger offering on the last Sunday of the month. This Presbyterian Offering is collected to help feed hungry people through our local food bank. A portion of the offering is also given to support sustainable food projects in Haiti and Guatemala.
Hope Center Food Bank
We collect canned goods and non-perishable food items to give to the food bank at the Hope Center in downtown Petersburg. There is a box outside the sanctuary under the coat racks, or donations can be brought to the church office during normal office hours.
Christmas Visit to Central State Hospital
Each December, a group of carolers and special guest (Santa Claus) visit patients at the Hiram W. Davis Medical Center at Central State Hospital. This is a special time for those that go and spend time with the patients, many of whom are rarely, if ever, visited.
Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities
During June 2015, we supported this cause with a “Baby Bottle Blessing”. A new, clean, baby bottle was filled with change, cash, or checks and donated to the center. Other opportunities happen throughout the year.
These are just some of the ways our Covenant family helps the people in our communities. If you know of an immediate need or have a longer project in mind, please do not hesitate to contact us with your suggestion.