"They will know we are Christians by our love!" 

 

With the commitment of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (FHPC) to renewal and revitalization, our mission and outreach endeavors are also renewed and revitalized to serve two of the Great Ends of the Church:


a) To be a servant to the local and world community - mission; and


b) To actively seek others to join us in our Christian walk of faith - outreach.


As reminded by 1 John 4:29, “We love because He first loved us.” Therefore, all we do as believers flows from gratitude to God. FHPC strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community, as we grow in ministry and mission for Jesus Christ. We promote the involvement of the congregation in missions beyond itself at all levels -- community, metropolitan, state, national, and global; and in missions conducted through the programs of the Presbyterian Church (USA). As God’s disciples – Christians known by our love -- each of us is meant to be a local missionary, right here, right now.


FHPC is grateful to God for outreach endeavors that are always open to the public:

 

  • Child Care Center: A warm, Christian atmosphere for children emphasizes Christian themes and objectives. The Center enables a needed service to the community and a quality program to young families. Our goal is to nurture, protect, and guide the children as they learn, and to let each child sparkle in some way each day. Full- and part-time programs are available for preschoolers aged 2-5, plus after-school, holiday, and full-time summer care for children up to age 10. The center is open from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday except for specific holidays. For more info, click on the Child Care Center tab.

 

  • Labyrinth and Butterfly Garden, in honor of Cindy Creasy: Cindy is remembered as a loving wife and sister, faithful member and elder of the church, exceptional editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and treasured friend. Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, prayer, and meditation. The labyrinth garden attracts butterflies, birds, and humans to a place to linger in reflection, gratitude, and joy. Take slow and deliberate steps as you recall a prayer, chant, or spiritual question to contemplate during the walk. One path will lead you to the center and back.

 

  • Phideaux Field is a charming area with seating, shade, and room for your dog to play off-leash. While letting pets exercise, it also serves the Forest Hill community by giving pet owners a place to get to know each other and build a stronger community among themselves. A Blessing of the Animals service is conducted by the church in October. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.” (Milan Kundera)

  

  • Stained Glass Windows: Enter the sanctuary and be surrounded by the jewel-like colors of the lovely stained glass windows. The largest window in the Chancel is named “Come unto Me” and has the words “Come unto me and I will give you rest” spaced throughout the window. Nine additional windows line two walls, including iconography of the Call of the Fishermen, Sermon on the Mount, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Healing of the Blind Man, Pentecost, and more. As you walk around, gaze at each beautiful window, and note the inspiring, minute details that grow increasingly more meaningful for your inspiration.

  

  • Events: The purpose of outreach events is to draw visitors to our church through personal invitations by our members and advertising … such as:
    • Concerts, free for all
    • Celtic-style worship in the sanctuary
    • Lent service focusing on our stained-glass windows
    • Good stewards of the earth
    • Tomato plants and flowers delivered to our neighbors
    • Hymn fest w/ Eastminister Presbyterian Church
    • Vacation Bible School Day for all ages
    • Spiritual development workshop
    • Habitat workday
    • Advent season celebration
    • Blessing of the Animals
    • Labyrinth spiritual walk

 


FHPC is grateful to God for the mission work of individual church members and regular attendees in:

 

  • Contributing items in designated months:
    • Food items for the Souper Bowl to fight hunger (February)
    • Pennies for Patients in collaboration with the Child Care Center to support the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society (February)
    • Old eyeglasses, cell phones, small electronics, etc. to recycle, to be a better steward for God’s good earth (April)
    • Personal items for ACTS Care Bags for those in financial crisis and to prevent homelessness (May)
    • Cleaning supplies, paper goods, and discarded household items for Housing Families First (aka Hilliard House), to combat homelessness of families and their children (June)
    • Personal items to honor our veterans at the Richmond Fisher House (July)
    • Back-to- school supplies for our sister church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, to help children in the area (August)
    • Canned, dry, and fresh food for the Thanksgiving Ingathering, to support the food pantry of our sister church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church) and fight hunger (November)
    • Hats, gloves, scarves, and other warm clothing items for our December Mitten Tree, to support the clothes closet of our sister church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church (December)

  

  • Contributing items year-round:
    • Fabric scraps, ribbon, yarn; used toys and books; used paper and old Christmas cards, for the kids’ crafts projects at the Child Care Center
    • Campbell’s soup labels to help the Child Care Center acquire free materials from the Labels for Education program
    • Registration of Martin’s Bonus Cards to help the Child Care Center benefit more from Martin’s A+ Rewards Program

  

  • Contributing to special offerings:
    • Good Samaritan Fund, for one-time gifts to individuals in need
    • One Great Hour of Sharing, for disaster, refugee, and hunger resources (Palm or Easter Sunday)
    • Pentecost Offering, for children at risk, youth and young adult ministries (May)
    • Fannie Pharr Memorial Scholarship Fund, for temporary partial tuition payments for Child Care Center parents who are suffering hardships (May)
    • Peacemaking Offering, on World Communion Sunday (October)
    • Crop Hunger Walk (November)
    • Christmas Joy Offering, to assist retired church workers and spouses (December, the Sunday before Christmas)

 


FHPC is grateful to God for the mission work supported by the church:

 

  • From the church’s budget, including:
    • Camp Hanover; Campus Ministry; Presbyterian missionaries Carlton and Desa Palm, Philipines; Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Mission Program

  • From the church’s West 2 nd Mile Endowment Fund earnings, which augment individual offerings and the church’s regular budget, including:
    • Local and regional community: ACTS Christian churches offering financial assistance; CrossOver Ministries; Fisher Guest House of McGuire VAMC; Good Samaritan Fund; Housing Families First to help homeless women and their children; Massanetta Springs Conference Center; Roses and Wings Girls Mentoring System
    • National and international community: Doctors Without Borders; Haiti missionary Cindy Corell; Heifer International, Presbyterian Disaster Relief for victims of hurricanes, tornados, flooding, fire; Presbytery’s Hunger Fund; Wycliffe missionaries Matthew and Teresa Lee; Youth Crop Hunger Walk 

 

 

Jesus expects us to make a difference in the lives of others … so they will know we are Christians by our love. Thanks be to God!

 





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