- Service & Justice is at the heart of the Meeting House. We believe God has called us to offer ourselves and the gifts which God has given us to be used in ministries for the world and one another.
At the Old Presbyterian Meeting House that call is led by the Service & Justice Ministry. This ministry seeks to help our members carry out mission in effective ways, working through three committees: Local Mission, National and Global Mission and Social Justice. The ministry works to engage the varied talents and interests of Meeting House members with service & justice needs locally, nationally, and internationally: recruiting volunteers for service, supporting specific projects, and promoting and coordinating social justice education and advocacy.
Each year, we direct a significant portion of our annual budget toward mission programs, with many additional opportunities for giving as well. Highlights of the year include:
Open Table – Meeting House Open Table serves breakfast to our underserved population every Thursday from 6 to 8 am.
Alternative Giving Fair – An alternative Christmas Gift Market, held on two Sundays in December, where members have the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts that meet critical needs around the world.
Service Sunday – A Sunday in late spring / early summer when members fan out across Alexandria to do hands-on projects with the local organizations we support. Please visit the sign-up page on our website to participate.
Concerts with a Cause– Musical performances, sponsored by the Meeting House and held in the historic sanctuary, at which a free-will offering is received to support one of our mission partners.
- Workcamps / Mission Trips – Hands on opportunities to serve and learn with our various mission partners nearby and around the world.
South Carolina - In partnership with Rural Mission, Inc., workcampers travel to St. John's Island, SC to assist those in need with construction and home repair. The 2016 trip is scheduled for July 3 - 9. Click here for more information.
West Virginia – Typically held for one week during the summer, workcampers work with The Shack Neighborhood House to provide home repairs near Morgantown, WV.
Mexico – For many years, Meeting House members travelled to Reynosa, Mexico, for a week in July, working with Faith Ministries to build a home for a family in need. Currently, our Mexico trips have been suspended due to safety concerns, but we continue to stay in touch with Faith Ministries and seek to support them in their work in this difficult time for the region. For information about the 2016 Offering Letters, please click here.
Kenya – Periodic trips to work with an orphanage and / or various other projects in the Moi’s Bridge and Elburgon areas of Kenya.
Haiti – Periodic trips, often with a medical, construction, or other focus, to Pignon, Haiti.
- Bread for the World - Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, we choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty. For more information about the 2016 Offering of Letters, please click here.