St. Thomas sponsors its own mission trips as well as joins with the VA Confernce for some missions. For opportunities with the VA Conference see their page at VA Conference UMVIM.
JOYFUL NOISE SINGERS CHOIR TOUR 2017 - Please read our blog Choir tour: www.jnsmission.blogspot.com Other pictures can be found under Event Photos.
START (Short Term Aid Relief Program) 2017 Mission Trip to Evergreen, Virginia
The Start team, headed by Cliff Farrar and Rick McMahon led a team of 24 to Evergreen, VA, from March 26th thru April 1st, to work on houses that were damaged by the 2016 tornadoes. The START team is an all volunteer aid/relief team that takes on short term projects along the east coast of our country.
EL SALVADOR MISSION TEAM BLOG 2016
On November 10, 2016 St Thomas UMC sent 9 team members to Ahuachapán to partner with Salvadoran Mission Projects. The 9 team members helped with the construction of a church and participated in a Feeding Program. The members of the team are Rich Banner, Chelsie Firman, Tim Grembowski, Tim McLaughlin, Faith Michalek, Jhenny Michalek, Paula Renfro, Metta Tanikawa and Kheang Teav. You can read about the teams mission here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/stumcmissions/2/tpod.html
November 2015 Mission in El Salvador
November 12 – 19 a Mission team from St Thomas UMC traveled to Ahuachapán, El Salvador to partner with Salvadoran Mission Projects to build a home for a family. The team also participated in a Food Distribution Program. The members of the team were Rich Banner, Tim Grembowski, Faith Michalek, Jhenny Michalek, Paula Renfro, Zuzana Steen and Kheang Teav.
This year there were two blogs:
SPY Mission for Student Ministry, July 26 - August 1, 2014
The Student Ministry attended SPY (Service Project Youth) this summer in Christiansburg, VA. Here’s the link to their website for more information: http://fieldstoneumc.org/#/project-spy. Check it out! Fun week sharing the Gospel through sharing gifts and talents!
El Salvador Mission Trip, Nov 6-13 2014
November 6 – 13 a Mission team from St Thomas UMC traveled to Ahuachapán, El Salvador. The mission team participated in two projects. One was a medical clinic that provided free medical services as well as dispensed medicine. Six members of the team participated in the medical project. The other project was the construction of a simple home of concrete block for a family. Seven members of the team participated in the construction project.
Read Paula's Daily BLOG Entries During the Mission Trip!
Guatemala, July 19-28, 2014
This was an UMVIM mission through the Highland Support Project in Richmond, VA www.highlandsupportproject.org. It involved traveling to the highlands of Guatemala and living in one of the local villages at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. We spent the week living within the Mayan culture and work side by side with the families building cooking stoves. Having a stove with a door, 4 burners, and a chimney means a great deal to the families. It cuts down on the amount of wood needed to keep a fire going, a chimney allows the smoke to get out of the home thus improving the living conditions, which ultimately improves their overall health.
Ahuachapán El Salvador, April 21-27, 2014
El Salvadoran Mission - November 2013
On November 7, 2013, ten members of St Thomas UMC traveled to Ahuachapán to partner with Salvadoran Mission Projects to build a home for a family. The members of the team were Will Ameen, Nancy Forrest, Tim Grembowski, Ginny Howell, Marian Ludlow, Abby Miller Janie Russell, Zuzana Steen, Lori Perez (not pictured) and Paula Renfro.
Read daily updates from the trip at the Trip Blog.
Honduras Mission (Young Adults) - October 2013
On October 11-19, a group of young adults who are part of ConneXion NoVa (a group of young adults from United Methodist Churches across Northern Virginia) headed to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for a mission trip through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. They did light construction work and helped lead Vacation Bible School in the Tegucigalpa area.
Their team included members of St. Thomas UMC, including Ryan Held, Michael Hedge, and Lauren Bowes. In addition, the team was led by our previous Associate Pastor, Deborah Porras. Other team members included young adults from across the Virginia Conference: Ben Andorful (Ghana Wesley UMC), Aurelia Amoyaw (Ghana Wesley UMC), Ruth Tapp (Mount Vernon UMC), Sharon Nicely (St. Luke's UMC), Patricia Murray (Del Ray UMC), and Alexandra Woody (Shenandoah University).
Updates written during the trip can be found on the Honduras Mission Trip Blog.
Guatemala Mission - July 2013
Members from St. Thomas become part of the Dusty Shoes Mission on July 20–28, 2013 and travel to Guatemala.
START 2013 Mission to Swan Quarter, NC - May 2013
START (Short Term Aid Relief Team) is St. Thomas's all volunteer aid/relief team that takes on short term projects along the east coast of our country. Cliff Farrar and Rick McMahon led a team from STUMC to Swan Quarter, NC May 5-11, 2013 in our continuing effort to help them recover from hurricane Irene. Read the daily blog from the trip.
Ahuachapán El Salvador, April 21-27, 2014
START 2012 Mission to Swan Quarter, NC - November 2012
START (Short Term Aid Relief Team) is St. Thomas's all volunteer aid/relief team that takes on short term projects along the east coast of our country. Led by Cliff Farrar, a team of 12 volunteers from STUMC traveled to Swan Quarter, NC on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 to re-furbish homes which were damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Our assignment was to replace a roof on an L-shaped, single story home. The home was owned by an elderly couple who had been in the house for two years. Six of the team members were heading for home Wednesday, so it was important to get a good start while they were still in town. Old shingles had to be torn off, bad plywood had to be replaced and new shingles had to be installed. By Wednesday evening, the short part of the L had been completed and the back half of the long part of the L had been largely re-shingled. Thursday, the “hearty half dozen” worked hard to get to a point that would allow for completion of the job on Friday. As darkness settled in Friday evening, the last nail was put into the last ridge cap and the job was completed! The members of the team were: Cliff Farrar, Will Ameen, Pat Brown, Ron Campbell, Lynn Furlong, Kim Haggerty, Cary McMahon, Garrett McMahon, Rick McMahon, Dave Rea, Kheang Teav and Norman Yerby. While in Swan Quarter, the team was treated to a dinner by the sponsoring organization and was invited to breakfast on our departure day by members of Soule UMC. All in all, it was a successful trip. Many memories were created and more blessings than could be expected were received.
START Team Mission to Snow Hill, NC - November 2011
START (Short Term Aid Relief Team) is St. Thomas's all volunteer aid/relief team that takes on short term projects along the east coast of our country. On November 9, 2011, 18 members of the Short Term Aid and Relief Team (START) headed for Snow Hill, NC to help with restoration of homes damaged by Hurricane Irene and subsequent tornados. The team consisted of members of St Thomas, Haymarket and Gainesville UMC as well as members of other congregations who have been a part of START teams in the past. The team worked on homes November 10 – 12, returning home on Sunday, November 13. Although a short trip, the team worked on three homes, replacing the roofs on two, replacing siding on one and repairing structural damage on two.