Every Member a Minister - Often on a Mission
In RCPC congregational missions, you dream big, follow your passion, make a contribution. Details below!
Hunger Mission Group
The Hunger Mission Group is a ministry both fully funded and staffed by the congregation. Each week, congregants put together food bags for the weekend for children at Hurt Park and Lincoln Terrace Elementary Schools. Additionally, other volunteers make food purchases, restock the pantry at the church, and bring in grocery bags.
Since 1998, RCPC has financially supported the teachers of the St. Timothee School in Larevoir, Haiti. Located seventy miles south of Port-au-Prince, this school is run by the Episcopal Church of Haiti and funded through the American organization, Haiti Education Foundation. In 2018, a lunch program for the school began, feeding all 250 students and faculty each day. Each year, we send a mission team to visit the school, work on special projects, hear teacher concerns and strengthen relationships. Updates from our 2017 trip.
Sudanese Mission Group
Beginning with the Lost Boys of South Sudan, Roanoke has been a home for refugee families from this community. Supported in part by the benevolence funds in the annual budget, RCPC's Sudanese Support Team helps Roanoke's local Sudanese community with educational needs, medical issues, and day-to-day living while attempting to help their South Sudan homeland. Additionally, needs are often met by individuals from our congregation with gifts of furniture, household items, diapers, clothes, shoes, frequent flyer miles, and perhaps most noticeably, Christmas gifts. Extending love and grace to our Sudanese brothers and sisters gets the Word out not only in Roanoke but across the ocean, where family members often remain behind.
Mission Group Partnerships
West End Center
More than twenty members of RCPC serve as tutors and aids at the West End Center for Youth (1223 Patterson Avenue, SW). This after school enrichment program for at-risk kids helps them with homework and creates a positive relationship with adults. Additionally, the center provides them with off-campus experiences and a safe place to play.
Each month members of RCPC visit the Roanoke Area Ministries (824 Campbell Ave, SW) to serve lunch to those experiencing homelessness. About six congregants set-up tables, serve drinks, clear plates, and fulfill whatever other duties are needed that day.
Family Promise is a cooperative of over 30 area churches and 1,000+ volunteers who house families experiencing homelessness and working with them to obtain employment and permanent housing. The program allows parents and children to stay together in ways that are not possible in traditional shelters, with up to 4 families staying at a time in the home. RCPC partners with Christ Lutheran Church to host these families once a quarter. Volunteers sign-up to provide dinner or to stay overnight as a host. The families are housed at The Lighthouse next to St. John's Episcopal Church. Hospitality, a large support system of volunteers, and new life skills enable over 87% of our families to move to and maintain permanent housing.
Four times a year, congregants are encouraged to participate in a blood drive through the American Red Cross held in the church Fellowship Hall. These blood drives are open to all members of the community.
House of Bread
House of Bread is a ministry of support for women coming out of incarceration to find positive mentors and receive ServSafe training to help them with job placement. Using the avenue of bread baking, the students work with a mentor to learn a skill as well as build relationships.