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Mission & Outreach


 

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”  - Mark16:15

Members of Ware Church can be found actively serving the community either by volunteering or serving in various organizations.  They can be found on boards that lead the Salvation Army, the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, the Humane Society, the Samaritans and several community foundations. They can be found quietly working in the Free Clinic, ringing bells at Christmas for the Salvation Army, leading the Boy Scouts or volunteering at Walter Reed Hospital. They can be found caring for one another.

Mission Statement of Ware Church

Our shared mission at Ware Episcopal Church to foster an environment filled with God's love and to welcome one another into our spiritual family, that blessed with our unique heritage and gifts, we may respond not only to the needs of our community but also to the world by learning to share the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

-- Adopted by the Vestry of Ware Church on April 19, 2009

United Thank Offering and Lenten Mite Boxes
Twice a year the United Thank Offering is received for the work of the national Episcopal Church Women. For more than 100 years this offering has been given in thanksgiving for all of God’s many blessings. The familiar “blue box” is available for daily use. Annually, the Diocese of Virginia receives two of the UTO grants and the offering assists the church throughout the country and around the world.  Lenten Mite Boxes are distributed to everyone and received as part of the Easter Sunday offering. The offering supports various mission projects and programs.

School Clothes for Children
One of Gloucester’s needs is getting children ready for the school year. The School Clothing Program provides clothes, shoes and other school supplies for about 150 children in need. Gifts from the congregation make possible the purchase of new items. The children’s parents make the selections and the items are then purchased for them.

Snack Pack Program
On several weekends of the school year Ware provides Peasley Middle School with 100 weekend snack packs for the students who receive either reduced price or free lunches. Single serving food items are included to supplement meals at home. The Snack Pack Program is a joint ministry with other congregations so every weekend of the school year is covered.

Christmas Baskets
Christmas Baskets are prepared for a dozen families who receive gifts, toys, clothing and enough food to carry them well into January. The Christmas GiSunday School with food for Salvation Armyving Tree is adorned with gift ornaments in early November and the wrapped gifts are ready for distribution by the third week in December. Ware can always be counted on for last minute additional emergency Christmas baskets.

Salvation Army Food Closet
There is acontinuing need to help people to make it to the end of the month. On each month’s first Sunday there is an ingathering of canned and boxed food items along with paper products which are given to the local Salvation Army to assist where needed.

Mission Grants
Ware’s budget makes annual provision for the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, the Samaritans (a Gloucester helping agency), and the Salvation Army to meet emergency community needs. In times of disaster the congregation generously responds to emergency appeals and needs.

Ware Cottage – Emergency Housing
In 2000, Ware Church purchased the adjoining 20 acre parcel and its two- bedroom home to ensure the availability of land for the future mission and ministry of Ware. It is made available for 30-day periods for emergency housing following hurricanes, tornados and fires in homes. It is also made available for special long term housing needs.

Holy Water

Water for the Community
People gather daily at the church’s well with bottles and large containers to take good drinking water to their homes. The ministry of water has been part of Ware’s community outreach for more than fifty years.

Petsworth Parish Property
The third site of Petsworth Parish is located near Petsworth Elementary School in the northern Gloucester County. In 1990, a land donation was accepted by Ware with the hope of someday reestablishing what was known as Poplar Spring Church. As the area continues to grow, the viability of another congregation is a possibility that makes this property an important part of the Diocese of Virginia’s and Ware’s church planting goals.

Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout Troop 111 is an active program with over forty boys and twenty adult leaders providing a full outdoor program of monthly camping trips, a week at summer camp, and trips to Philmont, the National Jamboree and other national high adventure bases. Chartered in October of 1919, the roster of former scouts includes numerous members of the community. The troop is proud of its many Eagle Scouts and their contributions to Gloucester.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Ware Church hosts three weekly AA-related meetings. Sunday evening is time for an open meeting. There is also a support group for people working with family members who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. On Monday evenings there is a ladies group.