Serving Our Community
At Sharon Chapel we strive to serve our community in many ways. We've only scratched the surface below but we're also always looking for new opportunities to serve.
Koinonia and United Community Ministries
Sharon Chapel has been a long-time supporter of two local agencies that provide for the disadvantaged in this area. One is the Koinonia Foundation, located on the grounds of Franconia United Methodist Church on Franconia Road east of Beulah Street. The other is United Community Ministries (UCM) located on Richmond Highway near the Hybla Valley Shopping Center. Both agencies provide food, clothing, furniture and funds to their clients. Sharon Chapel parishioners contribute food, household and personal cleaning items each week when they come to church. The recipient alternates each month with Koinonia receiving donations on the odd months and UCM on the even months. On the last Sunday of the month at the 10:30 service a basket of food is brought forward for a prayer by the Rector for those in need. The children of the parish load the supplies into the car for delivery to the appropriate agency. In addition, the parish donates school supplies at the beginning of August and toys in December. The recipient agency is alternated each year. Checks are always welcome and they are delivered along with the other donations.
On the first Tuesday of the month, Sharon Chapel parishioners gather at Carpenter’s Shelter at 930 North Henry Street in Alexandria (www.carpentersshelter.org) to prepare and serve a meal to the 50–75 men, women and children living there. These families have a temporary home at the Shelter and either are working or participating in job skills training. Sharon Chapel and many other churches and organizations donate time and treasure as volunteers to shop, prepare and serve the evening meal. New members are always welcome.
Sunrise Senior Living Worship Service
Sharon Chapel - Sharon Chapel conducts a worship service at Sunrise Senior Living of Springfield on the first Sunday of every month. Sunrise of Springfield is located at the corner of Franconia and Frontier Roads across from the Springfield Mall. We meet in a Gathering Room where there is a piano and we sing hymns before the service using a book of words for hymns which we provide. We also provide large-print booklets with Rite 1 prayers and distribute communion. Volunteers assist the leader with readings and help the residents follow in their booklets. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. and lasts less than an hour.