At Bruen Chapel, nearly everyone is active in some sort of missions! We invite you to join us as we serve God and make the world and our community a better place. We have one mission focus per quarter: *Students and young people (September-November) *Elderly and shut in people (December-February)*Immigrants, refugees, and new neighbors (March-May)*Hunger (June-August)
We have an ongoing commitment to reducing hunger in our community and the wider world. We have a special emphasis on combating hunger during the months of June through August and donate locally to Food for Others throughout the year. Between January and September 2013, we gave over 250 lbs of food to help struggling families in Northern Virginia. Click here for a list of the most wanted items. Spare reusable grocery bags are also appreciated! Food can be dropped off in the basket in front of the sanctuary.
Bruen Chapel is a part of ESL and Immigrant Ministries (ESLIM), a group of Northern Virginia churches that offer low cost English classes to neighbors from around the world hoping to improve their English in a safe, supportive learning environment. With the help of volunteers, we offer Fall and Spring semesters for four levels of English learners as well as childcare two nights a week. In May 2013, we also completed a summer session focused on pronunciation. Interested in volunteering or learning English with us? Please contact our ESL coordinator at Fairfax.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pastor and several members of our congregation help minister to our elderly and shut-in members. In Fall 2012, four members of our congregation were honored with a distinguished service award for their commitment to the Hermitage of Northern Virginia, a senior assisted living facility.
Bruen Chapel also actively supports the United Methodist Church’s broader missions. We help fund scholarships for aspiring African pastors, prepare hygiene kits for disaster victims, and more.
COLLECTIONS: Small things can make a big difference! With that in mind, Bruen Chapel collects a number of small items that help to support various charities and groups in need. Your cancelled postage stamps can benefit veterans’ hospitals. Your used prescription glasses and sunglasses can help the Lions Club to give the gift of sight to people in the developing world. And those aluminum tabs on your soda cans? Those help the Ronald McDonald House to make a family’s stay near their hospitalized child a little more like home.
CHRISTMAS STORCKINGS AND WARMING TREE: Members of the congregation help make needy children’s Christmas merrier by filling stockings with small gifts, games, and hygiene items for the Salvation Army. Stockings are available for pick up in October and must be returned before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, we have a warming tree–a Christmas tree on which we hang new or homemade scarves, gloves, mittens, and hats for our neighbors that need some help staying warm.
ALL GOD’S CHILDREN CAMP: Every year, Bruen Chapel helps finance a camp experience for children with an incarcerated parent. This year, we were able to sponsor five children. We also collect cookies for campers in August.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds.