SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Our Lord has called us to serve those around us as Christ has served us. Messiah is involved in a number of seasonal and year-round ministries to our local community.
If you would like more information about any of these ministries, please contact the church office.
Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (C.A.S.T)
For a number of years, Church of the Messiah has provided a week of shelter and meals for the homeless during the winter sheltering season from November through March. CAST week is an all-church effort, as host churches provide and serve meals, play cards and board games with guests, entertain children, stay overnight to ensure a restful night for our guests, and perform daily cleanup. No special skills or experience are necessary to get involved with this compassionate ministry.
The Outreach/Inreach Committee serves to minister to those in financial need in our local and extended community. Messiah supports a number of Christian-based organizations, and also seeks to minister to those within the congregation who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan's Purse Ministries, brings joy and hope to children in desperate situation worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. Church of the Messiah collects items such as small toys, school supplies and hygiene items each fall, then, with the help of our children, packs the boxes to be shipped all over the world.
Joyful Noise Club
Our club for young people with disabilities currently meets online via Zoom every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Club members hear a special message or teaching and then enjoy a time of discussion and sharing. A game or activity is often included, where participants are asked to bring a special item or topic to share with everyone online. Everyone is welcome to join the fun! For more information, contact the church office.
Sanctuary of Hope
Church of the Messiah has a close relationship with Sanctuary of Hope, a pentecostal church community in Portsmouth. Messiah is involved in several of Sanctuary of Hope's outreach efforts to the poor in their local community.