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Missions and Ministries

"Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree... You only need a heart full of grace...a soul generated by love." Martin Luther King, Jr.

United Methodists have believed, from the beginning, that each of us is called to participate in the outreaching ministry of Jesus Christ. John Wesley described this work in simple, practical terms: "Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can." If you wish to help with missions and/or Missions or Ministries please fill out the volunteer form or contact the church office. Click on a mission or ministry below and jump to a description.

Bus Ministry
Disciples Kitchen
Nursing Home Worship Services
Lay Visitation
Food Pantry
ICM Chaplains
Armed Services
Mourning to Morning
Faithful Men
faithful me2n
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Contribution of time, talent and resources of congregation to community organizations Use of our church's facilities for community/civic organizations Providing support volunteers in mission service projects

Food Pantry
An ongoing mission is the Main Street UMC Food Pantry serving families in need. The Pantry operates from Monday through Thursday, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.. Due to decreased federal funding the Food Bank’s ability to provide free FDA food has decreased. and the client number and needs have increased. It becomes more and more necessary to purchase additional food each month. Main Street continues to support this ministry with generous donations of money, supplemental food, untold hours of volunteer time and immeasurable amounts of energy expended in loading, unloading and packing pounds and pounds of food.

ICM Chaplains
Presently, there are eight members of Main Street who are trained ICM Chaplains, serving in various local work places including McKee Foods, F.R. Drake Manufacturing, the Waynesboro YMCA, Valley Program for Aging, Waynesboro Manor, the Waynesboro Fire Department and the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Some of the Chaplains also serve on the local ICM Chapter's Board of Directors, as does Senior Pastor Neil Hough. The ICM Chaplains are trained to provide “a caring presence, a listening ear and effective referrals” for those whom they serve. Each week, some 2000 men and women are visited by the local ICM Chapter Chaplains in the workplace. For many, this will be the only contact they have with a caring presence: “I don't have a Pastor but I do have a Chaplain.” If you wish to explore the Chaplaincy or gain additional information, please contact Harold Baldwin or Richard Ammons. The ICM website is

Lay Visitation
Another Main Street ministry is called Lay Visitation, designed to provide a caring presence for church members who, typically, are unable to regularly worship in church. Visitation by church members provides that link to the church. If you have the gift of visitation and wish to become involved in the ministry or if you would enjoy a regular visit from another member of Main Street the church office.

Nursing Home Worship Services
Members of Main Street provide informal worship services for residents of Augusta Nursing and Rehabilation on the 1st Sunday of each month and at Waynesboro Manor on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:45am. Opportunities include: playing the piano, song leader, scripture reader, mini sermon presenter, Holy Communion, assisting the celebrant in serving the bread and juice, or soloist or group to sing for the residents. If you would like to participate, please contact Richard Ammons or the church office.

Mourning to Morning
Many members of the group who have lost loved ones continue helping one another heal through God. If there is grieving from loss of a loved one the group is always available. Presently two groups meet on Wednesdays at the church.

The Prayer Shawls Ministry
Shawls are knitted or crocheted and provided for those who are in need of comfort and prayer. The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. Made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer, the shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart

Disciple's Kitchen
Disciple's Kitchen is a local soup kitchen open to individuals and families in need of a hot meal. Meals are served Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall of 2nd Presbyterian Church on Commerce Ave. Breakfast is served each Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Basic United Methodist Church on the corner of 5th & Delphine. All meals are served free-of-charge to anyone in need.

Outreach to our Servicemen.
Main Street United Methodist Church sends gifts to all active duty servicemen and women who have a connection to our Church family. Some of our men and women are deployed to war zones as well as stationed around the world and in this country. Packages are sent each Christmas and a smaller gift for Easter. This past Christmas and Easter seventeen packages were mailed. Thanks to those members of Main Street for their generosity in giving a little bit of home during the holidays and to these men and women who give so much to keep our world a safer place. God bless them and God bless America.

Bus Ministry
Main Street UMC provides a bus ministry to those who cannot drive themselves to church. Bus service is provided in the City of Waynesboro on Sunday morning for those attending Sunday School at 9:30 AM and worship at 11:00 AM. If you are interested in riding the bus call the church office week days at 942-1179. Transportation is also provided for Wednesday night dinners when they are being held. If you would like to be a part of the driving team call the church office.

Homebound Audio Ministry
Main Street UMC offers a weekly delivery of the Sunday 11am church service to our homebound members. Approximately twenty five volunteers take turns ( twice a year) delivering the audio CD's to our shut-ins. A short visit is always appreciated by each recipient. New volunteers are always welcome to join this ministry. Please contact Ellen Edwards for further information.

Bereavement Committee
When a church family suffers a death, there are people in our church ready to minister to that family and help it through its difficult time. When death occurs, the chairman of the Bereavement Committee visits the family taking with her a pack of paper products (paper plates, napkins, silverware, etc.) and offers help from the congregation. The family may request a meal (for the family) or a reception following the memorial service.

Contribution of time, talent and resources of congregation to:
Providing work teams for Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Augusta
Sharing with others through a "White Christmas" community families project
Delivery of meals to homebound elderly citizens through Meals on Wheels
Blue Ridge Food Bank
Waynesboro Area Christians United
Christians United Relief Effort
Weekday Religious Education
Valley Pastoral Counseling Center
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Regional Free Clinic
WNLR radio station

Use of our church's facilities for community/civic organizations
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
WARM Shelter
Waynesboro Women's Club
Waynesboro Choral Society
Faithful Men

Providing support volunteers in mission service projects and mission trips to disaster areas through UMCOR

Main Street United Methodist Church • • 601 West Main Street• • Waynesboro, VA Phone: 540-942-1179
Email: mymsumc@ntelos.net


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