National Missions through Westminster
Contact the National Missions Committee at NationalMission@wpc-alex.org. Members of Westminster are invited to attend mission committee meetings. National Missions meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the church, unless otherwise advertised.
Appalachia Service Project Mission Trips
ASP Trip to Guyan Valley, West Virginia, May 23-26, 2013: Adults of all ages are invited to work on a two-day project to help make a family's home warmer, safer, and drier. Please consider joining Westminster’s trip to Guyan Valley this spring. We’ll be going from Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26. We will work on Friday and Saturday. The trip costs $150 per person, but scholarships are available to defray that cost. No construction experience is required. If you do have a particular talent, you will put it to work. If you have never done construction before, you will learn some new skills! Contact NationalMission@wpc-alex.org by April 19.
Westminster is pleased to have taken successful trips in 2010, 2011, and 2012 through the Appalachia Service Project. This past year, we went to the ASP center in Guyan Valley, West Virginia. It was an incredible opportunity both to serve and to connect with other members of Westminster!
On our first trip to work with the Appalachia Service Project, in September 2010, our young adults laid shingles, replaced linoleum and gutters and built handicapped ramps for a family of four. In 2011, sixteen Westminster members, led by our most experienced teammates, worked to improve the living conditions of three families in southern Virginia.
Westminster also provided funds to the Guyan Valley Center for much-needed facility renovation. Read National Mission Committee Chair Doug Anderson's report from the Center (with before and after photos!) on page 5 of the June 2012 Chronicle.
Spirit Lake/Bdecan Presbyterian Church
For the last ten years, Westminster has supported the programs at Bdecan Presbyterian Church in Tokio, ND on the Spirit Lake Reservation. More...
National Mission Summer Gleaning Trips
During the summer and into September, the National Mission Committee hosts its popular day-long gleaning trips. Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested and giving that fresh produce to people in need. In 2012, Westminster members gleaned 1400 pounds of corn for distribution in the Northern Neck, Richmond, and Norfolk.
This mission trip is perfect for all ages, especially young families looking to expose their children to the importance of mission.
For more information about future volunteer opportunities, contact the National Mission Committee or Janet Riksen, Director of Missions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.