Outreach

  • Food Pantry
  • Mission Partnerships
  • Providence Rescue Mission
  • Denominational Mission Support
  • Bread For The World
  • RI Family Shelter
Women's Advent Service and Yankee Swap
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 PM
Join us for an evening of worship and fellowship as we enter the Avent season. Please bring a wrapped gift in the amount of $10-$15, and your favorite snack to share. See Deb Morisseau for details. Sign up at coffee hour!


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT FRIENDS WAY! 
The Outreach Committee continues to support this humanitarian service to help our community. Friends Way is the only children's bereavement center in Rhode Island which provides services to youngsters in RI, CT, and nearby MA who have recently lost loved ones. Our help is needed to serve pizza and salad every Tuesday evening. If you are interested in helping with this service, please contact Deb Lewis at 461-0951. 

Bible Study
2 Wednesdays per month, 7 PM
(see Calendar)
Large Conference Room
Drinks & Snacks Provided!
If you’re not busy every other Wednesday nights, join us! We’re learning and growing together at our Bible study! We meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the large conference room. Drinks and snacks and fun await. We hope to see you there.

From Rev. Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro:
Looking for donations to order Portuguese Bibles for a church in Mozambique
that his current church is helping support-see the News & Views for more info!

Lunch Bunch
Wednesdays at 12 noon

Food Pantry
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 21, 6:30 PM
Food Pantry needs:
Peanut butter 
Pasta 
Canned Fruits
Tuna
Beans
Applesauce
Cereal
Soup

Helping Our Neighbors
Friends Way, diagonally across West Shore Road from Woodbury, is the only children’s bereavement center in Rhode Island. They work one-on-one or in groups with children and teenagers who have lost a family member, to help them grieve and heal. The Outreach Committee visited them recently to see how we might help them fulfill their mission. We found them a very professional group, operating based on the model of the Dougy Center in Portland, OR. (Google it for more details.) All services are free with support coming from private sources and grants from local partners such as Gateway Health Services, Hasbro, Lifespan and Butler Hospital. They do no actual counseling but refer to Butler’s psychiatrists. There is a board, one director of services, and about 65 volunteers presently. All volunteers receive 20 hours of training and commit to giving 4 hours every other week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Would YOU or anyone else you know be interested in this opportunity?
Other opportunities include serving and cleaning up after their pizza night every other week (no training required), publicizing their fundraisers and events, sending them brochures for their bulletin board about any free family-related events such as Music in the Village, the Pumpkin Spooktacular in October, and urging any families you know who are struggling with such grief to give them a call. The Outreach Committee will be applying for a Presbytery grant for them. If you have questions, please see Jane or Rudy.


See Links page for RIPTA schedule


                   The outreach ministry of Woodbury encompasses many facets of hospitality and mission.  In hospitality we open our doors and hearts to all people in the name of Christ.  In mission we bear witness to God’s love to neighbors both near and far. This ministry is exciting and alive!   

 

Community outreach programs include a wonderful Music in the Village concert in July, a beautiful Living Nativity with live animals and human portrayals held in Advent, a fun-filled Memorial Talent Show which benefits outreach causes,  monthly community free pancake breakfasts, and a busy food pantry which is open to the community once a month. 

 

The church maintains a relationship with the Conimicut Village Association which works to improve community spirit and beautification.

 

Hunger is an important mission focus.  A food drive is held in October for the food pantry and donations continue throughout the year.. A Two Cents A Meal program raises funds for the  pantry. The church is partnered with Bread for the World which advocates for change in hunger programs through legislation. 

 

Organizations supported by Woodbury include Church World Service Gift of Heart Kits and CROP Walks, Heifer Project International,  the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center,  and  RI Family Shelter. Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are provided for local families.


The congregation supports Nancy Collins, a PC(USA) mission worker, serving in Cairo, Egypt.

Two denominational offerings are supported by the congregation:  The Peacemaking Program of the PC(USA) and One Great Hour of Sharing.  The church also supports the denomination through its mission pledge. 

 

Many wonderful people contribute to the outreach ministry at Woodbury.  Through service, benevolence, and hospitality we seek to do God’s will in our community and in the world.