MINISTRIES

The Bible tells us that Christians are to “do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Following is a description of four of the ministries supported by the congregation.



LOUDOUN ABUSED WOMEN'S SHELTER


The church has for several years collected, boxed and delivered donations of canned and boxed goods for the benefit of the women and children who take refuge from domestic violence in the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). This food is used by residents to make meals for themselves while they are in the facility. In addition to providing shelter, LAWS provides a full array of comprehensive services to an average of 1,000 adult and child victims of domestic violence each year.


THE MANNA PROJECT

 

The Manna Project is a very unusual and successful missionary effort which takes the gospel, preacher student training, plus agricultural resources and training methods, to the poor in East Africa. Unlike many missionary efforts which rely on ongoing donations of food, clothing and other needs, the Manna Project instead teaches the locals in the region how to grow vegetables, livestock and row crops using modern equipment and farming methods. Gage Coldwater is the director of the Manna Project and he and other Christians have established these works in Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon and elsewhere. Preacher schools are sited near the small farms, and the students operate them, which provide food for themselves and to sell to others, while they are learning to become evangelists. It is an ingenious, sustainable approach to evangelism and the best form of benevolence, as it teaches men and women to become self-sufficient through Providence. These efforts are resulting in many conversions to New Testament Christianity, while giving those affected the ability to significantly improve their living conditions and health. It is a wonderful work and the Purcellville congregation is pleased to have a small part in supporting the Manna Project.

 

 

 

FOOD PANTRY

 

The church maintains a pantry for the needy living in and around Purcellville. It is stocked by free-will offerings from member families and individuals to provide emergency food supplies to our neighbors, in keeping with our Lord’s example of feeding the hungry. Other types of assistance, such as helping the elderly with tasks around the house which they are unable to perform, are also available on request.

 

The first step in receiving groceries from the pantry is to complete an application form. The form will be reviewed and the party requesting help will be contacted thereafter by a member of the church.

 

Boxed food will be picked up at the church’s facility, which is located at 604 Yaxley Drive in Purcellville, unless other arrangements are made in advance. For further information, contact us at info@purcellvillecoc.org.

 

 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROGRAM AND KEEP LOUDOUN BEAUTIFUL

 

As a way of demonstrating our civic responsibility to the community, the church is a participant in the Virginia Adopt-A-Highway program and picks up litter on a portion of Rt. 287 (the Berlin Turnpike) north of the roundabout in Purcellville several times a year. The church also participates in the annual Keep Loudoun Beautiful Purcellville Trash Cleanup by picking up trash and litter along the Southern Collector Road each April.