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COVID-19 demanded a certain level of adaptability throughout the life of the church. In the same way, the Conference Kits and Cans4Conference collection needs to be adaptable. UMCOR reached out and shared that it will be challenging to process 50,000+ UMCOR kits collected through our Annual Conference. So, the Annual Conference Kit collection team came up with an idea to use the familiarity of collecting kits to benefit local ministries as we become adaptable.  

This year, during 2021 Annual Conference, we will collect Cans and Kits, which local churches are asked to collect prior to the conference, to be dropped off at the district site on June 19. A collaborative team of Conference Kits and Cans4Conference made this possible, as the collected goods will benefit local ministries. 

What will we collect?

  • Local churches will collect modified Hygiene kits, School kits, cans, and dry food according to the District Mission coordinator’s directions. Each District will designate the mission organization that will receive these kits and foods and provide detailed instructions according to the local ministries’  need.  

When do we collect these items? 

  • Local churches are encouraged to start collecting 4-6 weeks (mid-May) before the Annual Conference. Resources such as promotional materials, videos, bulletin inserts will be shared through www.vaumc.org/kits. On June 19th, following the commissioning to mission service, United in Mission and Ministry worship, we encourage one representative from each congregation to bring the collected items and drop it off at the district collection site.  

Who do we need to contact for information specific to our District? 

  • Each District assigned a District Mission Coordinator to coordinate the missional effort of the United as One Community Cans & Kits collection. The District Mission Coordinator will share more information regarding the designated sites for drop off and detailed list of items to collect. The list of District Mission Coordinators can be found below.  

Can our District simultaneously host a mini-Great day of Service type projects? 

  • Yes, districts can plan and host service project that are under 10 people following the resources provided by the Mission and Ministry Workgroup. M&M workgroup published “Non-Worship Gatherings of 10 or Less” which provides steps to carefully plan an service project, with under 10 people. A plan expected to be submitted and approved, by each District Superintendent prior to announcing the event.

Does this mean we will not collect UMCOR kits next year?

  • We are making this adjustment due to the pandemic. When we are back to the new normal, we will resume our UMCOR kit collections for our Annual Conference. As we enter into the new normal, we will make some adjustments that helps us to effectively respond to the call!

    Mission Opportunities – Part 1

    As we approach the Annual Conference, we wanted to share mission opportunities for churches in the conference to join! We are called to serve God, united as one, and we pray that the two mission opportunities will remind us how God uses our connection to to serve this world together. Share and like this video so many more can join in this mission. You may also download this video to share during your church worship! Download Link : https://bit.ly/3ylQcph

    Mission Opportunities – Part 2

    We are collecting cans & kits differently! Community Cans & Kits is an adaptable approach for our churches to continue to collect modified kits and foods on a district level. Watch this animated video with Brian Posey.

    Mission Opportunity – Part 3 Annual Conference Offering

    The Virginia Annual Conference Offering is another way for us to come together ‘United as One’ to share hope in this world!

    This year’s goal is to collect $200,000, which will be shared with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to address food insecurity in the Commonwealth. Additionally, we continue to expand our overseas missional effort through Partnerships of Hope!

    District Site Information

    Click on your district to see collection sites, items being collected, and District Mission Coordinator’s information

     

    Bi-District Collection Website

    http://NoVaUMC.org/cans-kits-ac2021

    Collection Sites:

    • Grace UMC, 9750 Wellington Rd, Manassas,  VA  20110
    •  Burke UMC, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA  22015
    •  Rising Hope UMC, 8220 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA  22309
    • Floris UMC, 3600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
    • Clarendon UMC, 606 N Irving St, Arlington, VA 22201

     Ministries Served:

    Collection Sites:

    • Culpeper UMC, 1233 Oaklawn Dr,  Culpeper, VA  22701
    • Trinity UMC, 4637 Plank Rd, North, VA 22959

     Ministries Served:

    • Loaves & Fishes, Crozet
    • Nelson County  Food Bank
    • Louisa County Food Bank
    • Feeding Greene Inc., Greene County
    • MESA in Madison County

    District Mission Coordinator:

     

     

    Collection Sites:

    • Danville District Office, 824-A Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112 
    • Bethlehem UMC, 2101 Goose Dam Rd, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
    • Brosville UMC, 121 Long Cir, Danville, VA 24541

     Ministries Served:

    • God’s Storehouse
    • House of Hope
    • Henry Fork Service Center
    • God’s Pit Crew
    • Elementary schools in Danville City and Franklin County
    • Rainbow House Shelter
    • Patrick County Community Food Bank

    District Mission Coordinator:

    Collection Sites:

    • Mears Memorial, 181 Second St, Keller, VA 23401

     Ministries Served:

    • TBA

    District Mission Coordinators:

    Collection Sites:

    • TBS

     Ministries Served:

    • TBS

    District Mission Coordinators:

    Collection Sites:

    • Farmville UMC, 212 High St, Farmville, VA 23901

     Ministries Served:

    • FACES Food Bank

    District Mission Coordinators:

    Collection Sites:

    • Grottoes UMC, 300 4th St, Grottoes, VA 24441
    • Manor Memorial UMC, 9320 North Congress St, New Market. VA 22844

     Ministries Served:

    • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

    • Rockingham County School Partners

    • Massanutten Pres. Food Pantry

    • Elkton Food Pantry

    • “Valley Open Doors” Thermal Shelter
    • Charterhouse School (UMFS) – Edinburg

    District Mission Coordinator:

    Collection Sites:

    • James River District Office, 11605 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805

     Ministries Served:

    • Greg Hill Center

    • Mission Ministries

    • Project Godspeed at Jackson-Feild Homes

    District Mission Coordinators:

    Collection Sites:

    • Peakland UMC, 4434 Boonsboro Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24503

     Ministries Served:

    • TBS

    District Mission Coordinators:

      Collection Sites:

      • NORTH – Trinity UMC, 9280 Old Dumfries Rd, Catlett, VA 20119; Collection on June 19th and by Appointment.

        CENTRAL – Fredericksburg UMC, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; Collection on June 19th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Charlotte Street Parking lot circle.

        SOUTH – McKendree UMC, 4347 Manfield Road, Manquin, VA 23106; Collection by appointment;

        EAST – To be determined

       Ministries Served:

      • Local food banks
      • UMC food pantries

      District Mission Coordinators:

      Richmond District Website

      Collection Site:

      • Richmond District Office, 10330 Staples Mills Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

      Ministries Served:

      • Richmond District Food Pantries
      • Richmond and Surrounding Counties Partnership Schools (School Kits) 
      • CARITAS, Friends of the Homeless, Veterans Federation, additional agencies TBD  (Hygiene Kits)

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      District Site Coordinator:

      Collection Sites:

      • Huntington Court UMC, 3333 Williamson Rd, Roanoke, VA 24012

      • Blacksburg: edges campus Blacksburg UMC, 706 Harding Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060

       Ministries Served:

      • Roanoke site: Roanoke Rescue Mission and Kids Soar

      • Blacksburg site: Giles County Christian Service Mission and Back to School Ministry Pembroke First UMC

      District Mission Coordinator:

      Collection Sites:

      • St. Paul’s UMC – 2000 Shutterlee Mill Dr, Staunton, VA 24401
      • Trinity UMC – 147 S Main St, Lexington, VA 24450
      • Christ UMC – 200 E Fudge St, Covington, VA 24426

       Ministries Served:

      • Valley Mission
      • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
      • Augusta County Schools
      • Marquis Memorial Food Pantry
      • RARA
      • South Covington Food Bank
      • Covington Branch of Salvation Army

      District Mission Coordinators:

      Collection Sites:

      • Duncan Memorial UMC, 210 E. Main St, Berryville, VA

       Ministries Served:

      • C-Cap of Winchester
      • C-Cap of Front Royal
      • Bright Futures
      • Loudoun Hunger Relief

      District Mission Coordinator:

      Collection Sites and Contacts:

      • Benn’s UMC – Smithfield – Contact: Pam Jordan – 757-810-5207
      • Susanna Wesley UMC – Gloucester – Contact: Rev. Tom Tipton – 703-307-6892
      • Walmart Supercenter at 12401 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, just off I-64 –  Contact: Rev. David Magruder  757-879-2363

       Ministries Served:

      • TBS

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