Outreach & Service
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them,
“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
Our faith inspires us to serve the world in love, working always towards the building-up of the kingdom of God. From growing organic produce in our churchyard for the Wellesley Food Pantry to partnering with Communities Without Borders to serve the Fumbelo community in Zambia, Village Church is a place dedicated to responding to the call of our times, both locally and globally. We believe that what happens in the church has the power to transform both our lives and our world. Won’t you join us?
Our faith tradition calls us to live according to the double-love commandment of Jesus—to love God and to love our neighbor, a word which in its etymology means “the nearest one.” From planting trees with MassReLeaf at the Wellesley Housing Authority Barton Road site, to hosting homeless families with Family Promise MetroWest, opportunities to serve God’s creation are never far away at Village Church. <read more>
Our mission is to facilitate education and action in our congregation so that we may faithfully “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” Our current focus is on issues of racial justice. By listening and learning about systemic racism and challenging our own world views and realities... <read more>
Our faith teaches us that we are inextricably connected to our sisters and brothers throughout the world—that when one person suffers, we all suffer, and when one person rejoices, we all rejoice. Village Church sponsors regular service trips to Fumbelo, Zambia; to Quito, Ecuador; to the pueblos of New Mexico; and to the Dominican Republic; among other opportunities. <read more>
In addition to hands-on opportunities for service, the Village Church Service Ministry invites worthy organizations to submit grant requests each year. <read more>
Mass ReLeaf Ministry
Location: Across Massachusetts
This group facilitates tree planting projects by local religious communities in urban and blighted areas using teams of volunteers, municipal employees and skilled arborists. Its goal is to bring human environmental justice into the neighborhoods and lives of those in need in our state.
Bristol Lodge and Middlesex Human Service Agency
Location: Waltham and Greater Boston
Many volunteer opportunities are available at area shelters and soup kitchens. There is an ongoing group from the Village Church who serve dinner at Bristol Lodge once a week.
Newton Weston Wellesley Committee for Community Living/Jubilee House
Jubilee House in Wellesley, opened by the Village Church in partnership with NWW, is a home for adults with developmental disabilities. There are ongoing opportunities available for volunteers in supporting the residents. We also hold regular worship services for members of Village Church and residents from NWW programs. If you're interested in attending worship with us, contact the church office.
Partakers Prison Ministry
Location: Greater Boston
An organization that advocates for humane prison environments and programs that foster accountability, responsibility and rehabilitation. Church members volunteer to visit and mentor incarcerated individuals. Contact Parky Waugh, [email protected] or Susie Davis, [email protected] to connect with the Village Church Partakers team.
Environmental Ministry Team
Location: Village Church
This committee identifies methods of implementing processes, encouraging behaviors and educating members of our congregation to help us become better stewards of God's creation and to integrate these actions into the worship, life and witness of this church. We will continue to work to develop programs and activities consistent with the goals and initiatives expressed by our wider church including the Green Congregations initiative. Contact Cynthia Curtis, [email protected] for more information.