“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Our Outreach Ministry embraces these words of Jesus. We not only provide financial support to programs but we offer lots of “hands-on” participation. We remind parishioners we are agents of God’s kingdom in our community and in the world. Our outreach committee meets monthly to pray and coordinate ways to serve in our local community.
For more information, contact committee chair Debbie Quam.
Ministries & partners
We are avidly engaged in mission and ministry among and with people in need. Here are just some of our outreach projects:
ESC Chapel Pantry
Our on-site pantry wishes to be a welcoming refuge to people seeking food assistance. Volunteers help unload trucks, sort and stock food, interact with pantry guests, and drive our golf carts.
ESC Prison Ministry
We visit prisoners to provide a listening presence and a caring friend, as part of the Prison Visitation Society. PVS is nonsectarian, although God always seems to be present. Our prisoners come from all religions and often are “between” faith times in their lives.
ESC Care of Creation
We seek to increase our collective awareness of God’s creation around the 32-acre grounds of Eastern Shore Chapel and gently lead us toward practices that reduce our impact on the environment.
During cold weather, ESC joins with other community churches and organizations to host Winter Shelter. For one week, we provide meals and a warm place to sleep for 65 homeless men and women in this cold time of the year. To learn more about the program, contact Scott Darnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEACH is a community partnership between citizens and faith, business, nonprofit and city organizations who are working together in Bringing an End to All City Homelessness. Individually, each entity has made an impact on the homeless community, but BEACH believes we can achieve much more if we work together.
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
This interfaith nonprofit works to empower homeless families, individuals, and veterans to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive, and independent members of our community.
Seton House Youth Shelter
Seton Youth Shelters provides 24-hour emergency shelter for youth ages 9-17 years old. This program serves runaway/homeless youth and youth in crisis within their family, school and/or community. Seton Youth Shelters operates two shelters in Virginia Beach, one for boys and the other for girls. To get involved with our monthly "Foodie Friday" ministry for Seton House, please contact Alison Johnson: email@example.com
People in Need provides food, clothing, shelter, and free medical care for people that are either homeless or extremely poor. The ultimate focus is to help the homeless of Hampton Roads transform their lives by meeting them where they are and sharing a God that loves them and wants a relationship with them.