Outreach Ministries

benevolence - Our benevolence ministry is a confidential ministry of service to our church families and to those in our community in times of special need, such as emergency financial assistance, practical needs, and referrals.

camp Wakefield - The Wakefield Friends Center is located in Wakefield, VA, approximately 65 miles from Mechanicsville. It is an hour and fifteen minute drive from Hanover Friends. The following summer camps are offered:

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  • Junior Camp is for children ages 8-12. This camp is offered in the middle of June every year and runs from Sunday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Junior camp starts with registration on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to help their children get settled into the dorms and stay for dinner. Church services begin at 6:45 at which time parents are free to leave the camp. The daily schedule includes swimming, crafts, chapel, Bible class, recreation, nature class, snack bar and 3 meals. The children are assigned to a group consisting of similar aged children and a group leader. The children stay with their group throughout the entire week. There is at least one nurse at camp to administer medications. Junior camp costs $100 excluding children's purchases from the snack bar.
  • Teen Camp is for youth grades 6-12. This camp is offered in the middle of June every year, usually the week before Junior Camp, and runs from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. Camp registration is from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Parents are encouraged to stay to help their teens get settled and to enjoy a meal together. There is also an evening service for everyone. The daily schedule includes swimming, bowling, canoeing, roller skating, games, chapel, Bible class, snack bar and 3 meals. The students at Teen Camp leave the campground on buses to attend some of these activities. Southern Wesleyan University and Circleville Bible college students are there to help lead praise and worship and to be group leaders. Teen camp costs $100 excluding purchases from the snack bar.
  • Directions to Camp Wakefield: Take 295 south to exit 3A and follow route 460 to the Virginia Diner. Turn left onto Church Street and look for the camp on the right.

caring Christmas Tree - Our Caring Christmas Tree ministry is designed to provide assistance to needy families during the Christmas holiday season. Members of the congregation purchase Christmas gifts for caring Christmas Tree participants. Volunteers work in teams to deliver the food and gifts prior to Christmas day.

community Garden - Our Community Garden [../ministries/images/community_garden.jpg] [width = 150] Our community garden provides free use of raised bed plots to area gardeners of all knowledge levels. The garden follows sustainable, organic gardening principles. Raised beds are assigned each spring on a "first come, first served" basis. The Hanover Master Gardener Association is available to provide gardening knowledge via formal classes at HEFC or the Volunteer Helpdesk. Download the application packet and return it to the church office or email the Community Garden Coordinator.

food Ministry - HEFC is a partner with Feed More (Central VA Food Bank). Through our partnership, food is provided to Hanover County residents on a weekly basis (Tuesday evening at 6:30PM). We typically offer a wide variety of foods including meat, bakery, deli items, and produce. To participate, a valid identification indicating Hanover County residence is required. Food Ministry [ministries/images/veggies.jpg] [width = 150]

food Pantry - This ministry is for anyone in need of food on an emergency basis, and requests are met through scheduled appointments by calling the church office at 730-9512.

friendly Care Day School - This vital outreach to the children and parents of our community is an integral part of the total ministry of HEFC. Our day care programs are dedicated to providing safe, high-quality day care which meets the highest state standards and codes as a Religiously Exempt facility. Our goal is to provide children with an opportunity to grow and mature physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Our day care ministry is an expression of Christian love and a commitment to the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2016 Hanover County Choice Award [../fcds/images/fcds_choice_award.jpg] [width = 150]

Programs offered are:

  • Toddler - for children age 2 1/2 and potty trained
  • Pre-school - for children age 3 (two years before kindergarten)
  • Pre-K - for children age 4 (one year before kindergarten)
  • After School - for children in grades K - 5 (serving Laurel Meadows, Battlefield, and Pole Green Elementary Schools)
  • All Day Summer Program - for children in pre-school through grades K - 5

living Hope Friends Church - Living Hope Friends Church is a daughter congregation that meets in Highland Springs, VA, offering Sunday morning worship and Sunday School, Wednesday evening Bible study, and other planned activities of fellowship. Living Hope Friends Church is located at 301 W. Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs, VA 23075, phone (804) 737-2221, and is pastored by John Huber.

missions  Missions [ministries/images/missions3.jpg] [width = 150] - Our missions ministry is dedicated to keeping before our fellowship the belief that it is the mission of the church to take the Gospel to the world. We actively, financially, and prayerfully support home and foreign missions and continually seek ways to become involved in mission opportunities, including the organization of short-term missions trips from our church.