Missions and Outreach
The Missions Committee at South Plains takes seriously the New Testament mandate to feed, clothe, extend assistance, provide shelter, and share the Gospel message everywhere - locally, nationally, and internationally.
The South Plains congregation budgets over 10% of its annual benevolent gifts to support mission programs and projects.
This support includes:
- Alliance for Interfaith Ministry
- Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville/Albemarle
- Habitat for Humanity - Fluvanna County
- Emergency Food Bank - Charlottesville
- Fluvanna Food Bank
- Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle and Fluvanna
- Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center
- Camp Hanover
- Children's Home of the Highlands, Wytheville, VA
Theological Education FundNational:
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Presbyterian Military and Federal Chaplaincy Project
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Medical Benevolence Foundation
- World Disaster Relief
- Mission of Hope - Bolivia
- Support for a PCUSA Missionary in Haiti
Special offerings through Presbyterian Church (USA) include Christmastime JOY gift, One Great Hour of Sharing at Easter, Souper Bowl Sunday in January, and monthly Cents-ability Offering in support of local, national, and international hunger programs.
Individual members support those who walk for hunger in the annual CROP Walk and in other charitable efforts.
Emergency funds are approved by the Missions Committee throughout the year at the time of national and international disasters.
South Plains Mission Crafters and Benevolence Society meets on the third Sunday afternoon of each month during the school year. The purpose of Mission Crafters is to create useful items for distribution through Presbyterian Medical Benevolence Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and other programs. The group annually dedicates baby caps, sweaters, and blankets, quilts, for mission programs.
The family of every new Habitat for Humanity home is given a personalized sampler as a housewarming gift from South Plains Presbyterian Church. South Plains Mission Crafters has become known for its hands-on ministry in which many other churches and individuals join.
The Outreach and Evangelism Committee provides a variety of events and programs that extend the ministry of presence both with members and beyond the congregation.
Activities include occasional special celebrations and Taize-style services in the sanctuary as well as weekly faith-based music and devotional leadership at a local retirement home.
The Outreach Committee encourages opportunities for volunteer service that extends the ministry of South Plains into the community through collegial and coordinated programs with other congregations in the Keswick area. South Plains is active in support of the Keswick Community Thanksgiving Service.
In 2019, the congregation will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the organization of South Plains Presbyterian Church. The Outreach Committee is coordinating a bicentennial anniversary that will provide an opportunity for year-long celebration in 2019.
The Outreach Committee also coordinates a community-wide Alternative Gift Fair in the Fall. The Fair is a faith-based opportunity to promote financial gifts to selected benevolent and charitable projects as well as to offer items created by Fair Trade organizations around the world.
Artisan groups receive fair wages through the sale of a wide range of hand crafted products.