At the Kingstowne Communion, we believe that faith shouldn’t be a spectator sport. Loving God and gathering into communion with Jesus Christ isn’t just something that we believe in our heads or feel in our hearts – it is also something that we put into action each day of our lives as we seek to daily collaborate for the common good. Because we believe that Christians should be serving God and others each day, we strive to create and support service opportunities in our church, in our community, and in our world.
Serve at Church.
Each Sunday morning is full of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others and the life of our church at the Kingstowne Communion. Each Sunday morning, we need volunteers for setting up our space, working with sound equipment and technology, putting up signs, teaching children, serving communion, greeting people as they arrive at worship, helping in our nursery, and more.
There are also various opportunities to serve and “help make church happen” beyond Sunday mornings, including helping with special events like Easter at Nalls, Christmas at the Barn at Nalls, Nalls Block Party, any of the various pop-up worship services in the park and at the pub, the Kingstowne Egg Hunt, A Candlelight Christmas, Beer & Hymns, and much more! If you’re interested in helping with any of these opportunities, email Pastor Michelle and she will make sure you get plugged in with the overseeing volunteer coordinators.
Serve in Our Community.
We believe that the lives of our neighbors should be better because we are Christians. Our church exists for the sake of the Kingstowne community, the Alexandria community, the DC metro community, and the community of Virginia. Our community should be a better place because our church exists.
To help us meet this goal of making the community a better place, we partner with many non-profits in the area who are already doing good work in our community to provide goods and services within the community. Sometimes we pack items of need at the end of worship and sometimes we go out, as in Sunday Suppers, to serve a meal and engage with others. Either way, we love collaborating for the common good in our immediate community. Some of the non-profits with which we serve and which we support include but are not limited to:
- The Fund for Alexandria’s Child
- Rising Hope Mission Church
- Ventures in Community Hypothermia Shelter
- Just Neighbors
- Sunday Suppers
Our most consistent local work is done in collaborating with Sunday Suppers. On the first Sunday evening of every month, we make, take, and eat a meal with the homeless community living in and around Franklin Square in DC. For more information about Sunday Suppers, visit our Sunday Suppers page.
Because God has shared amazing love with us, we believe that we are called to put God’s love into action by sharing it with others.
Serve Our World.
God’s love is shared with the whole world, and we believe in putting God’s love into action and collaborating for the common good close to home and around the world. Our mission fund supports a variety of good work around the globe and close to home. In addition, because we are a United Methodist Church, a portion of the offering we receive each week goes to support the global work of the United Methodist Church – funding bishops around the world, education in Africa, training of local aid workers, creating new churches, training new pastors, providing scholarships to at-risk students, and all sorts of other important work in churches and communities.
Hands-on opportunities for service around the world include special events like our Rising Against Hunger packaging events (including our community famous Serve with St. Nick), during which we spend a few hours packaging thousands of meals to be distributed to hungry people around the globe. These meals are typically associated with disaster relief and education programs, thereby helping to maximize their impact.
If you would like to find out more about any of these service opportunities, contact Pastor Michelle who can connect you with our local and global missions/service coordinators.