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outreach and missions

Our motto is Serving God by Serving Others. God is always working to extend the message of salvation, from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria, and, ultimately, to the ends of the earth. Graciously, God has allowed us to participate in this mission. We have been a solid presence in both local and overseas missions for years. We welcome your input into providing new ways for our Messiah family to get involved.

Click here to see ways that you can help, right here, right now.

Have Questions About Outreach and Missions?

Contact our chairperson, Anne Clymer.


We regularly host AA, Al-Anon, Alateen, and ACoA meetings. Here is the schedule:

AA - Thursday and Saturday at 7 pm

AA 12 step - Sunday at 7:30 pm

Al-Anon - Saturday at 7 pm, Thursday at noon, and Sunday at 7:30 pm

ACoA - Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 9 am and 10 am

ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others)

Religious congregations in Springfield and Burke assist neighbors in need providing food, clothing, housewares, counseling, transportation and emergency financial assistance.

Eyeglasses for Lions Club

We collect eyeglasses that are donated to the Lions Club for those who cannot afford glasses.

Giving Tree

Christmas gifts are given to children and families who have been identified by social workers from local schools and residents of Bethany House.

Green Groceries First Fridays

We are partnering with St. Stephens UMC (9203 Braddock Rd, Burke) to distribute fresh produce from the Capital Area Food Bank to needy families. Volunteers work from 4-6:30 pm. Contact Michele DeMocker.

Habitat for Humanity

A National organization that enables the working poor to become homeowners through their own “sweat equity” while providing them with a no-interest loan from an HFH affiliate. Volunteers, with various skill levels, work with the homeowners to assist in building and/or renovating these homes.

Holiday Food Bags (Food Pounding)

Bags of groceries are assembled from food donated by the congregation and delivered to families in Springfield and Burke at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

INOVA Blood Drive

Messiah supports the INOVA Health System Blood Bank by holding blood drives four times a year.

The Lamb Center

With the assistance of local churches, the center provides food, showers, personal services, prayer and Bible study, medical exams, help with jobs or housing searches, referrals, emergency assistance, etc., to the homeless in the Fairfax area. We provide a lunch of chili and rice on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Messiah Menders

On the first Tuesday morning of the month, a group visits the Hermitage (a Methodist retirement home) to do small mending jobs for the residents.

Military Ministry

This ministry provides care packages, clothing, etc. throughout the year to our men and women in the Armed Forces. This vital ministry also organizes the annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying ceremony.

Prison Ministry

Brings the Good News to those who are incarcerated.

Reading is Fundamental

Messiah participants read and distribute books to young children at a Wesley Housing Development complex on Saturday mornings.

Rising Hope

A Mission church serving the poor in the Route 1 corridor.

Springfield Youth Soccer

Messiah enables children from the Springfield Gardens apartments to play on Springfield Youth soccer teams. Members are involved as coaches and often provide transportation to and from practices and games for children who otherwise would not be able to attend.

Tutoring at Cardinal Forest

Each school year we volunteer to be tutors to kids needing a bit of extra help at our local elementary school, Cardinal Forest. Tutors meet once a week at the school.

United Methodist Missionaries

Through a covenant relationship, Messiah supports our United Methodist Missionaries.

Volunteers In Mission

This United Methodist organization enables Messiah members to share their faith in Jesus Christ through hands-on mission activities in the United States and abroad.

Weekend Backpack Program

Each week during the school year, we provide weekend meals to 282 children in neighboring elementary schools. Each bag contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. You can help by downloading the shopping list and picking up a few supplies next time you are at the grocery store. Your family or group can help pack bags of food at church or deliver food to our local schools.

Wesley Housing Development

This not-for-profit corporation is sponsored by the United Methodist Church and provides affordable, quality rental housing in Northern Virginia.


Group Workcamp

Messiah’s youth travel to various locations to help repair the homes of those in need. Contact Donna VanWert.

Choctaw Mission Trip

Each year during spring break, youth and adults spend a week in mission. Since 2011, we have been going to a Choctaw Reservation in Mississippi. Contact Randy Smith.

Kid's Konnection

In December our Youth make, decorate, and fill 200 Christmas stockings for the Kid’s Konnection, a sidewalk Sunday School ministry in Washington.

Messiah in Mission (MinM)

Every Tuesday during the summer, Youth in grades 7 - 12 get together to do a service project for a few hours. We might make cookies for first responders, or staff the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or make Christmas stockings for Kid's Konnection, or assemble craft kits for Vacation Bible School.

Urban Plunge

During spring break, not everyone can go on an out-of-state mission trip. Our youth are still in mission, just here in our own backyard! We travel throughout the Washington, DC area helping with various service projects. Contact Deb Meighen.

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